5 Fun Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Labor Day Brunch

by Sunday, August 14, 2016

Photo Credit | Mel Barlow

Any opportunity to indulge in scrumptious food, uncontrollable laughter, and delicious sangria with friends is always a great reason to host a brunch. Now that summer is here and you’ve sprung forward, it’s time to entertain outdoors.

Brunches are fun socials to host because you can create a spectacular experience that doesn’t require much effort. It’s the weekend, and people are more relaxed. I always suggest adding a theme, just to make things a bit more festive. Concepts like “Sangria and Shades” are fun and easy. Invite your guests to wear their most stylish pair of sunglasses and serve three of your favorite sangrias.

Prepare your favorite brunch dishes, set your table with vibrant outdoor dinnerware, and invite good friends for a fun day of outdoor entertaining.

Cocktails for a Crowd

A bar topped with colorful summer drinks is refreshing and inviting. Self-service allows you to spend more being the hostess with the mostess, and less time refilling glasses. You’re the host, not the bartender.

Create a Stellar Guest List

When you think of your friends, who automatically comes to mind? Choose 15 friends and invite them. At least five will not be able to make it, which will leave you with the perfectly sized group.

Gift Bags

Since the season changes shortly after this holiday, create a small “Fall into Autumn” gift bags for your pals: include a flash drive with your favorite tunes, fall recipes, and a personalized thank-you card.

Self-Serve Happiness

I recommend entertaining buffet style. Choose at least 10 items to feature on your buffet — that way, you’ll give your guests options (Everyone loves options, right?). Be mindful of those who are vegan, vegetarian, or do not eat certain foods due to religious beliefs.

Set The Scene

Set your table with one or three flower arrangements. I recommend odd numbers only, because it is easier on the eye. Flowers are a must: even though you are entertaining outdoors, a close touch of nature is always welcome. Remember, you’re creating an experience, so put your best foot forward.

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