Hosting the perfect Easter brunch doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little bit of advance planning, you’ll be able to enjoy the day along with your guests – Just follow these five simple tips:
Keep it small. Before you start any other planning, make a list of everyone who will be invited to your brunch. Be sure to consider the size of your entertaining space and the amount of effort involved to host a large group when sending out invites – for many, it may be better to keep things intimate with a small guest list. Once invites go out, avoid adding to the guest list. This will ensure that you are planning for the proper number of guests throughout the process.
Plan the menu in advance. Once you have a set guest list, begin planning the menu. Consider your event’s theme, seasonal produce offerings and any guest dietary restrictions when preparing your menu. Decide on final menu items at least a week in advance to allow plenty of time for grocery shopping.
Let your menu help you. Instead of choosing recipes that must to be made the morning of your event, choose one or two menu items that can be made ahead of time. Breakfast casseroles can often be assembled the night before and baked just before serving. Make the caramelized apples for our Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Pancakes with Caramelized Apples up to a day ahead. Even sides such as fruit salad or large-batch cocktails can be prepped before your event, making the moments before your guests arrive less hectic and more enjoyable.
Choose multi-purpose decorations. When planning your table decorations, choose items that can pull double duty. Small jars filled with candy and marked with a nametag can function as colorful place cards and favors. MRS PRINDABLES HOP! Petite Caramel Apple Gift Set can serve as a whimsical centerpiece and a quick-and-easy dessert.
Plan activities for the kids. Arrange one or two fun activities for children to do while you finish making and serving the meal. Prepare egg-shaped salt dough ornaments, and let each child decorate his or her ornament with paints or glitter glue. Or give each child a brown paper sack and ask them to decorate it with markers, crayons and stickers. Have children use these bags when collecting eggs during the Easter egg hunt later. These will make great decorations and keepsakes for years to come.
With these five simple tips, you can host the perfect Easter brunch that your guests will talk about for years to come – and they’ll never have to know how easy it was!