If you’re like most beginner brunch hosts, anything beyond omelets and scrambled eggs might seem like a tall order. But chances are you’re overlooking plenty of easily prepared ideas that taste good and look good, too. This Mother’s Day offers the perfect opportunity for hosting a brunch to celebrate Mom. The added bonus? You’ll save a pretty penny by having brunch at home, which means you can splurge on flowers for the table or a special, surprise gift.
Step 1: Get inspired. Feast your eyes on iheartbrunch, a blog devoted to NYC brunches, and gather your ideas from the many sumptuous photos.
Step 2: Get to work. While you’ll probably agree most get-togethers are fun, not all of them are a success. The best hosts plan ahead. Start by drafting three essential lists: guests, menus, and grocery items. Grab a sheet of paper and pen and check out our 10 Rules of Hosting before you read further.
Step 3: Learn to play up the basics. The best brunches combine sweet and savory breakfast staples, such as cinnamon rolls, hash browns, and pancakes. The strategy for a standout brunch is to perfect the basics and then enhance them. What can you add to pancakes? How can you serve up gourmet waffles? The questions to ask are endless but the solutions are simple. For instance, imagine how elegant a sprinkle of powdered sugar will look atop a honey-flavored pound cake.
Bonus Brunch Tips:
Go simple, stay sweet. Rachael Ray is famous for quick and tasty meals. Her cherry breakfast cake from her website, Everyday with Rachael Ray, hits the sweet spot.
Cash in on casseroles. Casseroles are budget-friendly when it comes to family dinner and it turns out they’re great for brunch menus, too. Watch AllRecipes.com’s quick video tutorial on how to make breakfast casseroles, and then give their French toast casserole a try. Want to seem even more professional on brunch day? Bring a strata to the table. Here is one to try from YumSugar that’s sure to please a crowd.
Bank on beverages. Most restaurant brunches include daytime drinks like Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. Considering you need to serve coffee too, our best advice is to pick one or two cocktails to offer guests. Delish.com offers 6 fun drink ideas to sort through.