Sunday brunch is a tradition that everyone should adopt at least once a month. It is great to do with family, your best girlfriends, or even a few close co-workers.
Many restaurants have caught on to the fact that people love the idea of brunch and offer a special menu on the weekends. Others have put out an entire all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in honor of the day. While restaurant hopping for the perfect brunch may be a great time, preparing brunch at home can be even more memorable. Just think about all your friends gathered around a table holding sun-filled glasses of mimosa while light pours in through the interior shutters on your kitchen window. You can make all the food yourself or ask your guests to pitch in by bringing a dish. Here are a few more tips that will help you to prepare the perfect Sunday brunch.
Decide who’s doing the cooking
Who is doing the cooking is a very important question. Are you prepared to make enough food for five to ten adults who want to eat to their heart’s content? Or would you be more comfortable making a dish or two and sharing the responsibility of the cooking with others? No matter what you decide, be sure to state that clearly on your invitations. The last thing you want is for someone to show up empty-handed. Create a Google Doc that your invited guests will have access to. Ask them to write down the items they will be bringing. You can start the list with a few items you know you definitely want to have like orange juice and champagne for the mimosas, plates and utensils, or items that require cooking on the spot like French toast, pancakes, or eggs. Be sure to ask for special items for those that have dietary restrictions due to allergies, religious beliefs, or for those that do not eat meat.
How will you set up your buffet table?
You want to make sure there is ample space to proudly display your buffet. If you already have an island set up in your kitchen, then you are already ahead of the game. If you do not have one, you can set up a card table covered with a beautiful tablecloth right in front of your new interior shutters. A display of fresh flowers appropriate for the season in a lovely vase will add a nice touch to the decor. Be sure to leave space for a waffle iron and extra space for people to add their own toppings. A waffle station is fairly easy to manage as your guests can do the work for themselves without having to wait on you to do it for them. You will have more time for laughing and socializing as opposed to being stuck at the buffet table or in the kitchen.
You can make your Sunday brunch a monthly event. It may be more fun if you take turns hosting the event at a different person’s house each month so that you don’t tire yourself out. You can make it fun and put names into a hat or simply ask who is interested in hosting the next event. If you want to create the best Sunday brunch possible, sometimes you have to think outside of the box, but following the advice given can help give you a sense of direction.
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Cheryl always enjoys organzing Sunday brunches with friends and family. She works as an event planner during the week.