Brunch is a great meal at the perfect time of day. Brunch is typically anytime between breakfast and lunch, typically from 10am-2pm. The most popular day of the week to have brunch is usually sunday, but any day of the week is just as good. Brunch parties are a terrific way to celebrate with your friends and family without the exhaustion of late night parties.
Decide first whether you would prefer buffet style or a formal sit down meal. Create your own breakfast burritos, with an entire burrito station set up is perfect for buffet style. Make sure you have plenty of tortillas, scrambled eggs (you can make ahead of time), sautéed onions and peppers, shredded cheese, and whatever other toppings you decide. Bagels and lox are also a great buffet option, and dont forget to include several types of cream cheese, sliced onions, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and capers. Other buffet options include assorted danishes and pastries, muffins, or even assemble your own sandwiches.
If you decide a formal sitdown is more your style, there are many more recipes to choose from. Pancakes and french toast are two simple recipes that can feed a lot of people. A great way to dress up the standard pancake or french toast, is by making a fresh fruit topping out of apples, pears, or berries. If you are feeling more daring, Eggs Benedict is always a show stopper. If you are uneasy about poaching eggs or making a hollandaise sauce, scrambled eggs or fried eggs can be substituted and hollandaise powdered mixes can be easily purchased at the supermarket.
Have plenty of coffee and juice available. Depending on the time of year, you can create your own coffee station with chocolate syrup (to make mochas), whip cream, and flavored creamers to mimic the feel of expensive coffee houses. If the weather is warm, have iced coffee available. Iced coffee is best brewed at double strength and then poured over ice.
Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's are also great brunch drinks. Bloody Mary's are perfect since they can be served with or without vodka. Click here for the perfect Bloody Mary recipe.
Brunch is a perfect time of day to experiment with color. Use brightly colored tablecloths and napkins (yard sales and thrift stores are perfect places to find these). As long as the color palettes are similar, the napkins or the tablecloths do not have to match. Sometimes it can be more aesthetically pleasing to have mismatched decor. Fruit, such as apples, limes, lemons, bananas, pineapple, and peaches make great accent pieces when placed in fruit bowls. Comic strips taken from the sunday paper are also a creative way to replace a standard tablecloth. Arrange fresh flowers or even fresh herbs in coffee cups or other non standard containers. The key is to make it as bright and fun as possible.
Be conscientious of those you are inviting. If you are inviting people with special food needs, such as vegetarians, people with food allergies, etc, then adjust your menu accordingly. If kids are going to be invited, make sure there is kid friendly food available such as juice and cereal and that there are activities and games planned for the kids. Also, be aware of your space and how many people can fit comfortably in your home. Music is always a nice touch to add to the ambience. Be careful not to pick music that is too extreme in any sort of genre or that may offend some of your guests.