To wrap up our Easter brunch series, today we’re taking you through the whole thing – our menu, our décor, and some tips and tricks! We loved this brunch series (we love brunch, period.) and today we’re excited to talk about it as a whole.
For starters, let’s talk décor. As we mentioned when we talked about styling our mimosa bar, we wanted colours that reminded us of spring. We chose pastels in pinks and yellows, with accents of gold because they brought to mind flowers in bloom and warm sunshine. We kept the décor minimal because we didn’t want it to overwhelm the food – a few garlands and some floral accents were really the extent of it. While it may sound minimal, it really didn’t look it with all of the colours from the foods.
If pinks and yellows aren’t your thing, we suggest pastels in other hues. We recommend choosing a few colours for your palette (blue, green and lavender, for example) rather than tackling the full range of pastels. The foods will add colour, and trying to do too much in order to hit a multitude of colours will end up being costly, and will likely result in having too much going on (or having a lot of unused decorations). We love simple streamers and tassel garlands, flowers and greenery, and subtle touches to decorate the space. Another tip: assuming you haven’t used all of your decorated eggs for our avocado devilled eggs, they’d also make a great decorative accent if they’re in line with your colour scheme!
In addition to the décor, we chose a variety of cake stands and serveware to present the food. We wanted the colours of the food to pop – something about nicely presented food just tastes better! If cake stands and risers aren’t something you care to invest in, classic white serveware is always a great option as everything stands out against it.
Next, the menu. Before you buy anything, make sure to check with your guests about allergies and food restrictions. Do you have a vegetarian or vegan guest? Is anyone celiac, gluten sensitive, or lactose intolerant? Are there food allergies that could cause anyone to be seriously ill? These questions are important to consider in order to create a menu that offers something for everyone, and avoids having anyone’s day turn into a trip to the hospital.
Once you’ve identified any restrictions, plan a menu according to your guests. Are there going to be lots of young kids? If so, maybe peanut butter and banana toasts should take center stage rather than cream cheese and lox. Be mindful of the age group and the preferences they’re likely to have. Not only will this show your guests you’ve taken the time to be mindful of their needs, but it’ll save you having tons of leftovers because your guests didn’t like what you served (or it’ll save your guests faking enjoyment).
Our menu consisted of the mimosa bar (don’t mix the champagne or sparkling wine into the juices – then kids can pour themselves some juice and garnish with fruit to feel grown up!), as well as avocado devilled eggs, a variety of toasts, yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit skewers, and brie with crostinis and asparagus. We kept the items simple, and primarily finger foods but ensured there was a variety. Tip: have coffee, tea, and water on hand. Also consider what condiments and garnishes people typically ask for, such as salt, pepper, hot sauce, and ketchup, so that you can accommodate common requests. Your guests will appreciate that you’ve thought of everything!
To help with preparation, we prepped what we could in advance. This included washing and cutting produce, making the skewers, prepping hummus and toppings, etc. There are things that we had to do immediately beforehand, like the toasts, slicing avocados, and adding granola to the parfaits, but setting aside time to prep beforehand will not only make the morning of your brunch a breeze, but it’ll also alleviate cleanup right before your guests arrive. Not only that, but by choosing mainly finger foods, we reduced the amount of cleanup afterward – there was far less cutlery to clean, and because the parfaits were already served individually, there weren’t multiple plates and bowls for each guest.
Finally, and most importantly, be sure to enjoy the time with family and friends! Playing hostess can be stressful at times, so be sure to take a few breaths and be in the moment. You don’t want to miss out on the time with loved ones! Feel free to share your brunch tips, menu, and décor with us in the comments!