Ahh, brunch. That hybrid meal that combines breakfast and lunch; that mashup of all our favorite savory and sweet bites. We could write soliloquies about brunch, but, alas …
Instead of just professing our love of the ultimate in-between meal, we’ll tell you how to plan a killer spring brunch gathering. Read on for some of our tips and tricks (and some of our favorite sips), along with party supplies and ideas for hostess gifts.
Write It Down
Create your guest list, your menu, and any goals you have for your brunch. Since we’re throwing a spring fling, we’re going to keep our table light and bright with pops of color and touches of golds.
Keep your to-do lists and guest lists in a notebook, like this Kate Spade Blossom spiral notebook. With 160 pages and an interior pocket, you can keep track of all your notes.
Create a Menu
When we think spring brunch, we go for light and fun foods and drinks. Here are a few of our picks to create a delicious (and eye-catching) meal:
- What’s more lovely than this Sunshine Citrus Platter from Southern Living magazine? Sprinkle powdered sugar and cinnamon atop grapefruit and oranges for a bright burst of sweetness.
- And how about a little go-to appetizer that everyone loves? This deviled egg recipe from Serious Eats amps up your traditional boiled egg with smoked salmon, carraway and sesame seeds, along with minced onion, for an everything-bagel-style appetizer. Pair the eggs with our Easter Joy Party Picks.
- My grandfather, who is not a cook, is famous for one thing: his bus station biscuits (this is a replica recipe I found online). Apparently, a Louisiana bus station restaurant served these fluffy biscuits that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious (that could be because you pour butter over them). Pair them with jams, jellies, and honeys, or set out cooked eggs, bacon, and sausages so guests can build their own breakfast sandwiches.
- Like biscuits, scones are always a good idea, too. Make them sweet, or make them savory … or both. Here’s a sweet recipe from Alton Brown.
- A ham feeds plenty of people and can be sliced for sandwiches or eaten as is. We love this baked ham with peach glaze recipe from Genius Kitchen for its simplicity of ingredients and that sweet hints of spice and fruit.
- Other ways to feed a large crowd? Casseroles and coffee cakes. We love a good sausage and egg casserole or a simple blueberry cream coffee cake, both of which can be made well in advance.
Set Out Drinks
Create a drink bar to let guests pour their own libations. Set out pitchers of juices—orange, apple, cranberry, tomato—and let guests make their own drinks, both with alcohol or without. Keep champagne and sparkling water on hand, along with vodka for Bloody Marys and accoutrements like cherries, citrus slices, pickled peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Pair with our Future is Bright stemless wine glasses.
Create a Simple, Yet Elegant Tablescape
You don’t have to go all out with formal China and thick tablecloths for brunch. Make your table fun with splashes of color and natural greenery or flowers arranged in colored glass vases.
Pick a color palette and stick to it for easy decorating. Pair our fresh-picked Jardin Dinner Plates with pink-and-gold or teal-and-gold ombre cups. Scatter candles across a table in citrusy scents like green tea and bergamot.
Don’t Forget Gifts
If you’re planning a party with another friend or throwing a fete, we have a selection of elegant gifts that will delight anyone. Choose an enamel frame in a bright color, give a piece of cheery artwork, or select a fabulous trinket box.
Spring brings with it laid-back style. Enjoy warmer, sunny weather, the food, and conversation with those gathered!
All photography courtesy of The Fashionable Hostess.
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