Nothing conjures up thoughts of easy, breezy relaxation more than a leisurely brunch with family and friends—except when you’re the host and you have no clue how to actually put together that much-anticipated brunch menu. Here are some brunch ideas to help you organize and host an easy, but impressive late-morning meal, including recipes to get your brunch menu started. Because fabulous doesn’t have to be stressful.
Plan a Brunch
Will food be plated or set out buffet-style? We suggest the latter—no need to make it harder on yourself! Gather up your serving and entertaining pieces and figure out what you’ll serve in each, and where you’ll arrange your spread. If you use something like this glazed stoneware, you can cook and serve in the same beautiful dish—less for you to clean when all’s said and done.
Set the table the night before. Plates, napkins, silverware, tablecloth, placemats, glassware—arrange it all ahead of time so you’re not left fussing with place settings when guests arrive.
Prep as much food ahead of time as possible. Chop onions, beat eggs, squeeze juice, grind coffee—whatever you can do ahead of time, do it! Store your prepped ingredients in airtight containers in the fridge until you’re ready to start cooking.
Add flowers. Pick them up from your grocery store or local florist and arrange them in a variety of jars or vases you have around the house for an easy and inexpensive decoration. Or get creative—prep bowls make adorable bud vases, for example.