Ah, the weekend.  What a relief to be off from work and able to spend time with friends and family.  But in a few weekends, you are throwing a brunch, a shower, or a party!  You are overwhelmed at the idea of planning a menu, decorating, and sending out invitations.  While there is a lot to do, if you do one thing at a time, it will seem like a piece of cake.  Oh yeah, the cake!  What on earth are you going to serve?

Though it may seem complicated, a classic brunch really only involves a few simple things.

Here’s a simple menu I like to use:

Simple Brunch Menu

You really only need these few menu items to make it a success.  I like to throw in a few desserts as well.  Some macarons, mini cheesecake, or fruit tart.  These are all finger foods that are light and easy to eat.  This allows everyone to easily socialize and have a relaxed time.

My Go-To Bacon and Egg Tartlet:

BACON EGG TART

Recipe and Image from allrecipes.com | Click here for the full recipe.

Now that you’ve settled on the menu, it’s time to consider the invitations.  Whether you send out paper invitations or digital invitations, there are a lot of ways to easily design the perfect invitation.  Your local print or invitation shop can even design them for you.

I  often send my invites digitally.  I design them on LucidPress but you could use Canva, Smilebox, or Punchbowl.

Choose a color palette and just run with it!  If it’s a bridal brunch or shower, use the bride’s wedding colors.  Keep it classic or make it funny.  Whatever works best you and the theme of your party.  Don’t be afraid to make it personal.

A sample of a classic invitation I made using LucidPress:

Shower Invite Demo

Or more contemporary:

Brunch and Bubbly Invite

Either style is in keeping with the overall look of the party.  And what is the overall look of the party?  It involves three basic things:  flowers, dishes, and color.  Once you decide on a color scheme (here I am using pink, purple, and yellow), you can coordinate everything around that.  Flowers can be simple or elaborate.  For a brunch, I like to keep the arrangements on the smaller scale and group several together to create a centerpiece.

And what is the overall look of the party?  It involves three basic things:  flowers, dishes, and color.  Once you decide on a color scheme (here I am using pink, purple, and yellow), you can coordinate everything around that.  Flowers can be simple or elaborate.  For a brunch, I like to keep the arrangements on the smaller scale and group several together to create a centerpiece.

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Use flowers that match your color scheme.  Depending on your budget, you can have the arrangements made or you can buy stems from your local grocer or flower shop and arrange them yourself using interesting jar or vases you already have on hand.  Place them in the center of the food table and the center of the gift table (if there is one).

All you’re missing now is dishes.  Depending on the size of your gathering, you will need to determine whether you will create place settings or present your brunch buffet style.  If it’s less than 6-10 people, you could certainly create place settings for a sit-down meal.  Otherwise, I would set it up buffet style.  If your own dishes match the color scheme or are white – perfect!  You can use those and not have to worry.  If not, don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and buy new dishes.  Party planning stores have plastic plates that are gorgeous and many colorful napkin options.  I would use something like this:

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These are plastic!  You can get a 20 pack from Party City for $9.99!

That’s it!  That is all it takes to create a beautiful brunch.  Flowers, dishes, and a delicious menu.  To top it all off, make a refreshing beverage for your guests to enjoy.  What goes better with brunch than mimosas?  They are easy to make and amazingly delicious.  Just champagne and orange juice.  I use pulp-free, because well, it’s pulp-free.  I always like to throw in a little frozen raspberry or orange slice.  It gives it an extra punch of color and flavor.

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Just a few final tips.  Allow plenty of time to prep and make the food that morning.  You don’t want to be rushing in the kitchen as guests are starting to arrive.  Have everything set up and laid out a half an hour before the party begins.  Now you can go ahead and pour yourself a mimosa and greet your guests.  Make sure to prepare the mimosas the night before and don’t forget to have virgin mimosas available as well.  Now you are ready to host your brunch and enjoy it too!

XOXO,

Anna Kat

 Disclaimer:  No product gifting or compensation has been made in exchange for mentioning any certain products.  Brunch photography by Rachel Rouhana.


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