Brunch – arguably one of the best meals of the week + an easy stepping stone into the adult realm of party planning. Not as formal as a dinner party, brunch has the unique capacity to be whatever you want it to. It can be chill. It can be festive. It can be themed. No matter what kind of brunch you throw following the deatils below will help you throw a meal everyone will be ‘gramming while hoping to get an invite to round two.
When it comes to brunch, you want to pick a theme that fits your personality, your budget, and the amount of effort you want to extend. If you’re extra, you may want to throw a 20’s jazz-themed meal. If you’re a little more low-key, you may just want to keep it traditional. No matter what vibe you choose, you will want to keep it in mind as you plan the rest of your brunch. Consider it your guiding light. Let it inform the other details of your meal so that everything runs smoothly together.
The Guest List
The guest list is crucial to a brunch. You want to pick friends that will A) actually show up, and B) fit into the vibe of your event. If you’re planning a Bachelor-themed brunch, you may not want to invite your football obsessed, reality TV-hating brother-in-law. If you’re having a low-key, high-fat meal, you may skip inviting your CrossFit-crazed, vegan, anti-sugar old roommate. Brunch, especially one at your house is not a “more the merrier” type of situation. You want to be able to enjoy everyone’s company + not worry if anyone is feeling uncomfortable or out of place.
The food you serve will be dictated by the vibe and the guest list of your brunch. Personally, I go all out for a theme. My Olympics party had food representing over a dozen countries + cultures. I would have the same be true for any brunch theme. I would serve dishes + drinks that went along with that vibe but still offered a variety of options. Variety is key in whatever style food you serve. You want to ensure that there is something everyone can eat. Even if none of your guests are vegans or vegetarians, you should include some dishes that can be enjoyed by all. A good menu features most of these in some form:
- Something you put syrup on (pancakes, waffles, french toast)
- Potatoes (hash browns or breakfast style)
- Something cheesy
- Something sweet
I love a good breakfast casserole, which can hit a few things on this list. Even if you’re having a sit-down brunch (i.e. not buffet style), you want people to have plenty of options. You also want to ensure they have something to drink. 🥂 Whether you make bloody marys, mimosas, or (my favorite) bellinis, there are simple breakfast beverages that you can easily spruce up. Pro-tip: people go crazy for mimosa bars. All it takes is a few choices of juice + champagne + your brunch will be the talk of the town.
When it comes to decor, you may want to leave your place just the way it is. One thing you do have to address is seating. Unlike a game night or a pre-game, people don’t really want to eat brunch without a table; give them one. Holding your plate up while eating scrambled eggs or when syrup is dripping down your face is not a cute look. Your guest list should only be as big as you have place settings for. Speaking of place settings, there are tons of affordable options when it comes to cute plates, glasses, and cutlery (hello Target). Get some stylish disposable place settings + kitchenware that match your vibe. Bonus points if you opt for any other decorations like signs or centerpieces – I would.
The perfect brunch is a combination of the right people + the right vibe. If you get those two things right, then the rest will fall into place. Get your invites (or Facebook event) ready + ask your friends over to enjoy a sophisticated, yet casual brunch!