You had me at brunch! Next time you get together with friends for a bridal shower, baby shower, or any other celebration, try hosting a brunch. Or, since it’s summertime, we can’t think of a better way to gather some friends (just for fun) and enjoy a good ol’ brunch! The sun’s out, the weather is sweet, bubbles are flowing, and we have the perfect brunch decorations to ensure the day is as fizzical as ever! After all, brunch is always a good idea!
What’s more, most brunch foods are quick and easy to make, so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen slaving away. Or get each guest to bring a delightful brunch item to enjoy among friends. Now, it’s truly beginning to look a lot like Cocktails, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s!
But, before you get all excited about planning an ol’ brunch time, here’s a brunch etiquette list you should follow to have a Hakuna mimosa time!
3 Brunch Etiquette Guides
- When planning a brunch get-together, consider serving the food buffet style. A buffet will allow you to enjoy your time instead of waiting on everyone. Relax and enjoy having great conversations with your guests, and rock your resting brunch face!
- Although there are no hard-and-fast rules for inviting people to a brunch, it’s always best to give the invitees enough time to add the party to their schedule. If you can, invite them a couple of weeks before the event.
- Whether you send a written invitation, email, or WhatsApp, it’s best to request an RSVP, so you know how many people to expect. If you don’t hear back from someone before it’s time to purchase the items for the menu, call them to check if they are coming.
When Should You Brunch?
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Even though most places start brunch from 12 pm - 4 pm on Sundays, your brunch can be any day and time of the week, as long as people are available to attend. Because most people work during the week, we suggest a Saturday or Sunday brunch starting from 10 am and ending whenever you feel the party should end!
The Perfect Brunch Menu
There are no set rules about what should be on the brunch menu. However, some things will make the party more fun for everyone, including you - hugs and quiches…
- Have a buffet so your guests can serve themselves. This takes the pressure off you to make sure everyone has what they want.
- Offer a variety of foods and give your guests plenty of choices. If you know that someone has an allergy or food issue, make sure you have enough options that are free from the allergen.
- Serve egg dishes that don’t require last-minute preparation. Quiches and frittatas are great choices.
- Have a colourful fruit tray to add visual interest to the table.
- A multi-tiered platter provides vertical space for more food. Add Croissants and other pastries that are light and finger-food worthy.
- French Toast. Pancakes are just too messy, and waffles are simply pancakes with abs!
The Drinks Menu
Save water, drink champagne! Offer a variety of drinks. If you choose to serve alcohol, have nonalcoholic options, such as teas, coffees, orange juice, or appletiser. Some favorite brunch cocktails include mimosas, screwdrivers, Bloody Marys, greyhounds, and Irish coffees. It’s nice to offer virgin versions of these drinks as well.
How to Make Your Brunch Stress-Free
One of the best ways to be a good hostess is to relax. It’s not always easy, but you can do some things to lessen the stress.
- Make a list of everything you need to purchase, including ingredients and decorations. If you don’t already have enough chairs, purchase, rent, or borrow them in advance.
- Do as much of the preparation as possible the night before. Set out the plates, mugs, glasses, napkins, and decor.
- If you want place cards, jot your guests’ names on pretty place cards that they can take home later.
- Decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you want. The guests will be happy with a table full of food and a few well-placed floral arrangements. However, if you want more, feel free to add more decorations.
- If you have space, separate the food from the drink station so your guests won’t bump into each other.
Regardless of the reason for the brunch, you can choose a fun theme. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Garden Party – Bring the outdoors inside, or have the party outdoors if the weather permits. Flower decorations are a hit right now. What’s more, if you include pots of flowers, that can be a little thank-you gift to send home with your guests.
- Pajama Brunch Party – Have everyone wear their cutest pajamas and fuzzy slippers (maybe even have it as a Christmas theme!). Serve traditional breakfast food, such as bacon, eggs, and toast.
- Bring the Tropics to your Brunch – Dress up your venue with gorgeous bright greens and yellows and tropic like it’s hot with our Tropical Fever theme.
- The Bubbly Bar – Since Champagne is a brunch must-have, why not throw a bubbly bar theme? This is a chic way to pop it and fizz!
- International Brunch Party – Serve eggs with salsa, tacos, mini burritos, and guacamole with chips and call it a Fancy Fiesta!
Lastly, you know you’re an adult when you brunch harder than you party. Let your hair down and enjoy.