Let’s be honest for minute. Mom’s are the best! They take
care of us, feed us and clothe us, ensure our noses are clean… you get the
picture. Then later in life when we grow up and have our own children we
appreciate them even more. My mother made entertaining look effortless, nice
china, silverware, appetizers and cocktails for all. This has made me a bit of
stickler for presentation, and every dinner party I throw is better for it. With
this in mind, today I’d like to talk about BRUNCH! OH BRUNCH! It’s the perfect
excuse to drink champagne before noon and chocolate with fruit, under the guise
of breakfast food. Brunch is a fabulous meal to serve Mom on Mothers day or
even to celebrate with other Mom friends. Read my tips below on how to impress
even the most discerning guests.
Set the Table
Ok so we know the order of the forks and the placement on
each side but there is SO much more to a properly set table.
Start with a clean and simple table cloth, it’s
an instant facelift to existing furniture.
Design your buffet service. If you don’t happen
to have a lovely set of bone china (because who does in this day and age?) I
recommend pulling together a collage of pretty. What I mean by this is search
about for that serving plate that sets the mood and follow the trend. Garage
sales, antique markets and thrift shops will often have unique finds you can
build from. With a few strong colourful pieces you can accent with simple white
plates and chargers from the dollar store. Brunch is better buffet style so
you’ll want lots of large pieces of varying sizes and shapes. Lay them out the
night before and plan what will go on each. I post-it-note each plate to help
visualize what will be there and organize the table accordingly.
Consider where floral arrangements or other
centrepieces should be. A fresh bouquet or two will brighten any table. Tulips,
Hydrangeas and Daffodils are in season and are so cheery. Bonus Mom can take
the bouquet home to enjoy later!
Do this the night before to give yourself a head start.
Plan the Menu &
I’ve lumped these together but the menu planning should
happen at least 1 day in advance to give yourself time to shop. Brunch is
fabulous because even though it’s early it can easily end in dessert! I like to
plan the way I would a dinner. Be sure to do chopping the night before, and
many items can be fully prepared and stored overnight.
Next is the Main Course, I’m a sucker for Eggs
Benny but a Quiche or Waffles are other great options too. It should be
something a bit next level so it’s not just a typical breakfast offering. A few
more recipes to share:
Complement with a variety of cut fruit &
berries, croissants, cheeses, mini danishes or scones:
Finish with a breakfast dessert. Yes that’s
right – Breakfast DESSERT! Chocolate covered strawberries, vanilla yogurt with
berries and granola, carrot cake with cream cheese icing! All of these are an
ideal coup de grace to your Brunch Buffet extraordinaire.