Brunch is a great way to enjoy a meal with friends and family. The traditional Sunday morning meal has become more popular recently, but hosting a memorable brunch party is still challenging. Here are some tips and tricks for making your guests feel welcome at your table:
Set the scene
Setting the scene is one of the most important things you can do to make brunch memorable. A few key elements will help set your guests at ease and make their experience feel more comfortable, welcoming, and romantic.
- Theme: To create a theme for your brunch table setting, think about what kind of food you’re serving (like breakfast), whether there are any allergies or dietary restrictions in your party (such as gluten-free), or whether alcohol will be served during brunch time (if so then go ahead and make sure everyone knows). Whatever theme you choose should reflect something that resonates with everyone at the table so they know why they’re there—and don’t forget to include some personal touches like pictures from trips abroad on their napkins!
- Color Scheme: You can use different colors throughout an entire room if this works better for how much space those rooms have relative to each other—but if not, then stick with one color throughout both rooms instead so everything looks cohesive despite having multiple pieces within each room/space.”
Make it a party
Be friendly and approachable when you welcome guests to your brunch. If your guests can kick back and enjoy your house, your hospitality will make them feel at ease. Even though you may have just met, it is crucial to seem as though you already know each other well enough that you don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining the purpose of today’s brunch party. The rules, such as no cell phones or laptops, the expectations, such as having enough time before guests arrive to set up, and the consequences for poor behavior, which could include being asked not to come back again if there has been too much bad behavior during the event so far, and the rewards, such as getting lunch out of their own pockets instead of having some provided, should all be made clear to everyone once they have arrived (or even before).
Offer a variety of options.
Consider the time of day, the visitors’ preferred meal, and any other preferences while deciding on the menu, beverages, and entertainment. Some visitors at your first brunch may need to be more familiar with the foods and drinks you plan to provide, so having a wide selection is crucial. It would help if you also considered whether they favor warm or cold beverages and whether they drink beer or wine.
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Consider a buffet-style setup.
Think about having your brunch in a prominent, shared place or even at your own house so everyone can get to it quickly. When more people show up, everyone has a better chance of having a good time and developing new relationships.
Hosting a small brunch party? Instead of setting up many stations and dishes, just put out plates with particular items like eggs Benedict and bacon-cheddar biscuits (or both!). In this way, everyone can help themselves without interrupting one another.
Remember the drinks.
A simple phrase emphasizing the significance of not overlooking the beverages while planning an event or gathering is “Don’t forget the drinks.” It’s simple to forget or put off the beverages in favor of the food and other aspects of an event’s planning. However, the event’s atmosphere and general quality can be significantly improved with the availability of suitable beverages.
The key to hosting a good brunch is providing guests with a wide selection of beverages. Wine and champagne, for example, are alcoholic beverages that can help set a sophisticated tone and start the party. Refreshing drinks like mimosas, bloody marys, coffee, tea, fresh juices, and more can be served to attendees, depending on the event and their tastes.
Decorate with fresh flowers.
You’re not just throwing a party; you’re hosting a brunch! That means it’s time to add some flowers to your table.
- Use bright, cheerful flowers that are seasonal and local. If there’s one thing, we learned from our friend in the floral department at Trader Joe’s? It’s that fresh flowers last longer than their dried counterparts—and they look great when they’re fresh!
- Consider how easy your guests will be able to care for them once they arrive: Does this particular blooming plant need lots of water? Or is it fussier about its soil conditions? Do I need someone who knows what kind of potting soil I use on my little houseplants (yes?) because that could make all the difference when choosing which plant goes where at my table!
- Music: Music is essential to any brunch, but it’s even more critical when planning a kid-friendly brunch. If there are children in attendance, be sure that the music is something the kids will enjoy (and not just the adults). You can find tons of options on Spotify or iTunes.
- Games: Play games with your guests! Some ideas include charades, word scrambles, and card games like Uno or Old Maid. To make things more interactive, consider setting up scavenger hunts around town before your event so everyone can participate too!
While it can be challenging for a host to know precisely what to do and when during the planning process, it’s essential to remember that a successful brunch will benefit anyone who attends. These tips and tricks will help you create the perfect setting for your brunch event!