Ever go into a pancake making frenzy and end up with a disaster of a kitchen with batter on the floor? Me too. Every time. Brunch with the girls can be the highlight of your week, and it's natural to want to move the party to your abode to show off your home style and hostess skills. However, homecooked meals often get away from us. Here are 6 tips to make your next hosted brunch your most relaxing and fun one yet!
- Don't commit to cooking more than one thing on the stove. Real talk: most mornings I'm happy with avocado toast and black coffee. If a friend wants to cook me breakfast, I'm over the moon, and I'm not expecting much more than that avocado toast and black coffee. Don't over complicate things by picking out several recipes on Pinterest; keep it to one. Bonus points if you prepare a baked breakfast dish the night before and only have to pop it in the oven the next morning.
- Hello, signature dish! I have a good friend who often makes a variation of the same breakfast dish for us anytime we are at her house before noon. There's always diced potatoes, usually an onion and pepper, some sort of breakfast meat and delicious melted cheese on top. Hot sauce optional. It's doesn't vary too much from time to time, but I melt for it every time. Seriously. I love staying at her house because I know that it's coming, and I have seconds every time. Find a dish you already love to make for yourself and simply expand upon it for your friends. The more you make it, the more perfected the recipe becomes!
- Play to your advantages here when you are planning what to make. Are you a good baker? Bake some scones or a zucchini bread the day before. Are you a terrible baker? Buy a loaf of bread and make French toast. If you can't fry an egg, this brunch isn't the time to try it. Stick with scrambled. Can't cook much of anything? Set up a bagel bar, or visit a local bakery the day before and pick up some pastries. Think fun, not frantic.
- Drinks are half the battle. I keep a case of V8 juice cans in my pantry so I can a whip up a bloody at a moment's notice. Consider doing the same, or pick up a few bottles of champs. Don't feel obligated to show your guests the world's most exotic mimosa, just pick one or two juices and call it a day. No one has ever been grumpy when holding a mimosa and that's not about to change for this party. Serve orange juice in a carafe or pitcher instead of just the carton for an elevated look. Don't forget to provide water and water goblets as well.
- Fruit is your friend. A sliced melon or a bowl of strawberries can complete a brunch without much effort at all on the hostess. Fruit is also a healthy "out" for friends who want to eat lightly on the Carmel Brulee French Toast recipe you've concocted.
- Start a pot of coffee before your friends come over. You deserve a little self love as you're making delicious morsels for your dear friends. Pour yourself a cuppa Joe. When your guests arrive they can busy themselves with making their coffee how they like it and it buys you extra time if you need it. It's good to put guests straight into an activity to start the event.