But, I'm very happy to report that it was a success, and wanted to share some tips for pulling off an easy brunch (even in a small space). I don't have many photos (we were too busy having fun!), but I'm going to share those too.
A Few Tips & Tricks:
- Don't try to plan a crazy menu. You don't need Eggs Benedict, toast, waffles, fruit platters, meat options, etc. etc. Sometimes more is just that... more (and too much). For a simple brunch, opt for a fun pancake recipe you can make that morning, and make everything else easy/already prepared. Fresh berries and yogurt make great starters that your guests can serve themselves. You can buy precooked bacon, or even cook bacon the night before and re-heat that morning. It tastes just as yummy, with the added bonuses of you not slaving over a stove nor do you/your house smell like bacon grease. If your worried about not having enough food, have a few eggs on hand to scramble up, just in case.
- Don't stress about time. It's brunch for goodness sake, nobody should be in a rush! Make a big pot of coffee and everyone will happily chat while you finish off the breakfast entree. The nice thing about a studio is that you're never too far from the action, even while cooking!
- Decor goes a long way. Fresh flowers and a color scheme make everything feel more fun. However, don't let that translate into a budget-busting table display. Mismatched coffee mugs add charm and use drinking glasses to hold little bouquets; make the most of what you already have. When preparing for a party, I always go to thrift stores, like Goodwill and Salvation Army, for the little details I need. Not only does it save money, but you can also find more one-of-a-kind charming things to add character. Another one of my go-to tricks is to use cheap wrapping paper as a table runner, which makes it easy to match your theme.
- Add an element of the unusual. Make sure your guests don't easily forget what a great party you throw my including something that they won't find at a restaurant. I added a pitcher of water flavored with orange blossom, but it could be anything from little party favors, an unusual drink mixer, creative coffee, fun flavor combinations, or printed invitations.
- Mimosas. Champagne will cover any and all cooking mistakes.
- Remember to have fun! A stressed out hostess is the fastest way to an uncomfortable gathering; if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, please refer to the point above.