Brunch, we’ve all had our fair share of hits and misses when it comes to it. We all have a story to tell. From waking up at 5AM in the morning to a messy kitchen that you just look at in disgust, with no idea where to start from, the spilled over bowl of eggs or the flour that just decided it’s that time of month to make merry in your kitchen. Well, it doesn’t have to be all that. Here are 6 tips that will help you setup the best brunch and still have plenty of time to chat with your guests.
1. Set out everything you’re going to need the night before.
You already know the number of guests that you’ll be hosting, why not go the extra mile and put together all the plates, utensils and silverware. Don’t forget the glasses as well; coffee mugs, juice and cocktail glasses. Avoid rushing to the kitchen whenever someone needs something and maybe you won’t miss that joke that a friend just said.
2. Do not make pancakes. Ever.
I know we all love fluffy pancakes with the delicious dripping syrup but why go through all that trouble. Skip the flapjacks and go with some easy to make french toast, add a glass of juice and everyone will love you for that. And the best part, you can prepare them the night before, when the time comes, throw them in the microwave and you’re good to go.
3. Choose drinks that you can make in advance.
Nothing beats a cool refreshing juice. Just make sure you have all the ingredients beforehand. Do not be that person making runs to the grocery shop wee hours in the morning.
4. Don’t forget the small bitings.
Everyone loves bitings, from crisps, peanuts or even berries. They’re just what I like to call ‘conversation friendly’ – pleasant to eat while holding a conversation.
5. And eggs and bacon.
Brunch is not brunch without eggs. But no omlet! That’s for your own private time. Look for a recipe that you can prepare the night before. Preferably a baked egg dish that guests can easily scoop, or if you’re real close friends, eat communally. As for bacon, go with oven baked rather than pan fried. This will relieve you off the stress of spattered bacon grease, plus it will leave a heavenly aroma in the house.
6. Keep it all in perspective.
Remember the whole point of having brunch is have some quality time with friends or family. Don’t be afraid to assign someone to cocktail and coffee duty while you’re chatting with friends and keeping an eye on the oven.