How to host a brunch party

How to host a brunch party

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Enjoying a brunch party at home is a delightful way to gather friends and family for a relaxed and enjoyable social event. From scrumptious food to delightful ambience, a successful brunch party requires thoughtful planning and attention to detail. In this article, we’ll offer healthy brunch ideas that cater to dietary requirements while ensuring everyone feels included and comfortable.

Brunch party ideas – setting the scene

Set a welcoming and stylish table by using crisp tablecloths, colourful napkins, and elegant tableware. Consider adding fresh flowers or small potted plants as centrepieces to create a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

Brunch ideas at home – natural lighting

Make the best of natural light by hosting your brunch party in a sunlit area. Open windows or arrange seating in a garden or patio to take advantage of good weather. If you’re hosting indoors, draw back curtains or blinds to let in as much sunlight as possible.

Brunch ideas at home – music

Create a pleasant ambience with background music that complements the brunch atmosphere. Opt for soothing tunes or light jazz to maintain a relaxed and enjoyable mood. Consider creating a playlist or use streaming services that offer curated brunch-themed playlists.

Brunch ideas at home – entertainment

There are plenty of things you can offer your guests to make your brunch party go smoothly.

Have a selection of board games or card games available to keep guests entertained between conversations. Classics like Scrabble, chess, or Uno are great options to cater to a wide range of ages. Or why not create a DIY photo booth? Set up a designated area with props and a backdrop for guests to take fun and memorable photos. This will not only entertain guests but also provide a lasting memento of the event.

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How to host a brunch party – refreshing your flooring

Of course, you’ll want your guests to feel welcomed when they arrive for your brunch party at home. Take a look down and consider replacing it to enhance the overall look of your space, not just for the brunch party. Whether you opt for carpet, vinyl, laminate, rugs, or luxury vinyl tiles, the correct choice can significantly contribute to the atmosphere.

For a cosy and elegant feel, carpet or rugs add warmth and texture. They provide comfort underfoot and absorbs sound, making it ideal for creating a warm and intimate gathering space. Adding a rug can instantly transform the look and feel of your space by defining an area or providing a pop of colour.

Smooth flooring such as vinyl, laminate, or luxury vinyl are durable and easy to clean, making them perfect for busy areas during a brunch party. Available in various styles and finishes, they mimic the look of wood and ceramics but are hassle-free to keep looking good.

What to have for brunch – planning the menu

When planning what to cook for brunch, ensure a balance between sweet and savoury dishes. Consider offering a variety of options, such as Eggs Benedict, fluffy American pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, fresh fruit salad, assorted pastries, and a selection of cheeses. You also can’t go wrong with crowd-pleasing breakfast items, such as bacon rolls, sausage sandwiches or smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels.

Vegan brunch ideas

Prior to the event, ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies. This will help you plan your menu and ensure there are suitable options available for everyone.

Then clearly label each dish with its ingredients to assist guests in making informed choices. Indicate if a dish is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, or contains common allergens, such as dairy or soy.

  • You could provide yoghurt, fresh fruit, sprinkles, nuts, honey and allow your guests to create their own pudding to their own taste.
  • If you’re catering to dietary restrictions like vegan or gluten-free, then include dishes like avocado toast, waffles made with vegan butter, gluten-free pancakes, and plant-based pastries.
  • Consider vegan alternatives to a traditional fry-up and serve tofu scramble, mushrooms, tomatoes, vegan sausages, or beans on toast with a spicy salsa garnish.
  • Pancakes can be made from banana instead of eggs, and plant-based milk instead of dairy. Add a pinch of bicarb to self-raising flour to create those fluffy stacks, then drizzle in honey or maple syrup before adding fresh fruit on top.

What to have for brunch – drinks

Offer a range of beverages, including freshly brewed coffee, an assortment of teas, juices, and a signature brunch cocktail like mimosas or a refreshing fruit punch. Don't forget to provide non-alcoholic alternatives for those who prefer not to drink. Consider setting up a self-serve area where guests can customise their own. Provide various garnishes, such as fresh fruits, herbs, and flavoured syrups, allowing guests to get creative with their concoctions.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips and ideas to host a successful brunch party that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. And if you’re interested enhancing the comfort of your home with new carpet, vinyl, laminate, rugs, or luxury vinyl, we can help you create a stylish, inviting space. Book a free home visit, or pop into your local store to find out more, or go online to be inspired.

Alternatively, head on over to our Ideas Hub where you'll find tons of inspiration on how to host an engagement party, tips for transforming your lounge into a sociable space, and much more.

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Published: 01-06-2023