Tips For Throwing an Amazing Brunch

Brunching in Los Angeles is a four season event, partly thanks to our seemingly endless summers.  Brunch Guru, Leah Smith, of LA Brunchers gives us her top 5 tips for throwing your next brunch soiree.

Pick a theme.

It can be too chaotic without one!  A theme helps centralize the vision, food, décor and mood of the affair.  Some of my absolute favorites are; Parisian theme (think pastels, macaroons, baguettes, crepes, peonies and don’t forget the Le Vie en Rose music) and Rustic Garden theme (green flowers, clementines with the table setting, cheese and bread plates, clay oven pots with baked egg dishes and picnic linens).

Parisian Brunch

Rustic Brunch

Name place cards!

Nothing makes you feel more welcome than seeing your name on a table in whimsical writing on a place setting.  It makes you, as hosts appear thoughtful, creative and organized.  Worried about assigning seats?  Create an escort table with a name tag on a Mimosa glass instead.

burnettsboards cards

Keep it simple.

Use easy bake/hosting dishes.  Offer finger foods for snacking prior to entrees with cheeses, fruits and breads (and plenty of libations).  Serve baked hot entrees so they can sit in the oven and stay warm while you mingle.  Accompanying brunch items can be room temperature appropriate such as pasta salad.  Making pancakes or eggs to order can be too difficult when accommodating larger groups.  Serving in courses is a great way to maintain opportunities to mingle in between dishes.

brunch pasta dishes

Utilize LA weather!

Living in Los Angeles surely has its perks and one of them just so happens to be the ability to brunch outdoors all four seasons!  Make sure to provide shaded area for those who want to stay cool and sunny spots for those who brought their sunglasses.  Provide hats as an extra fun party favor.

brunch al fresco

Set an end time.

Brunch is amazing because it literally spans most of an entire day, especially if bottomless drinks are involved.  For your own sanity I recommend set hours on the invite so people know when it’s time to shuffle onward.  A good brunch party typically has a 2-4 hour span.

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Written by: Leah Smith, Co-Founder of LA Brunchers, is an expert in everything brunch.  When she’s not enjoying pancakes and mimosas you’ll find her at home with her husband, cats and a good book.

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