A couple months ago, I had the inclination to bring a handful of friends together to my place to celebrate the new year with a homemade brunch. This was one of those ideas that sounded really good at the time of inception, but resulted in a bit of a panic once it actually rolled around.
How was I going to fit 15 people in my tiny apartment?
How was I going to feed 15 people in my previously mentioned tiny apartment?
Why did I choose to do this just days after a 2 week work trip?
Do I have serving platters?
Do I need an ice bucket?
Why didn’t I get cold-pressed juice for the mimosas?!
Did I buy enough bacon? (No, the answer’s always no.)
So, yeah, I was a bit frazzled going into the event. But despite my bout of internal anguish, the party went off without a hitch, thanks to these best practices.
- Choose a mix of sweet & savory recipes.
- Select at least a few dishes that can be prepared the night before.
- Grocery shop with an organized list! I divide my list by section– produce, meat/dairy, aisles, & freezer and then add my ingredients to the list, recipe by recipe, so I’m sure that everything is listed.
- Opt for a baked egg dish. They’re perfect for large groups, plus they can be mixed together the night before and baked fresh the morning of.
- Use disposable plates, napkins, utensils, cups, etc. I got all this cuteness from Paper Source at 20% off thanks to one of their periodic e-coupons!
- Arrange the spread with what you have the most of (fruit salad) to what you have the least of (bacon & muffins). That way, your guests will fill up their plate with your most bountiful dish, leaving just a bit of room for what you might be scant in.
- Find a way to label the dishes you’re serving so you’re not having to explain yourself all brunch long. I used labels made from torn up grocery bags stuck with washi tape.
- Drink selection should include 1) water, 2) coffee, 3) some sort of brunch libation. I chose to go with mimosas with two types of juice– orange & grapefruit– and several of my dear friends brought champagne as well. I opted for a bottled cold-brew coffee from Starbucks so I wouldn’t have to worry about keeping hot coffee hot.