How to Host an Intimate Brunch

Joshua Scott — November 15, 2016

Is anything lovelier than brunch? A leisurely meal with friends, beverages and food that runs the gamut from sweet to succulent – sign us up!

We’re no strangers to this magical meal at Northern Fork. And we’ve got plenty of advice for how to put together a brunch that’s sure to amaze. Whether it’s for your family, your friends, a group of professionals you’re trying to impress, or even complete strangers, we’ve got the low-down on how to host the perfect brunch.

1. INVITE PEOPLE WHO SHARE SOMETHING IN COMMON

The first key to an intimate brunch: make everyone feel included. This isn’t hard with your closest friends, but if you’re hosting a brunch for people who don’t know each other as well, you’ll want to foster some conversation and familiarity. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invite people who have something in common with each other – and no, the fact that they all know you doesn’t count.

Consider people with similar careers, for example. Or perhaps they’re from the same neighborhood, or have the same alma mater, or express interest in the same hobbies. Anything that can break the ice and spark a genuine conversation will go a long way toward helping people enjoy themselves.

2. PICK A NOT-SO-CHEESY THEME!

A theme shows you’ve put some thought into organizing this brunch and your guests will remember that.

For a brunch we recently hosted, we went with sunflowers to enhance the beautiful dining space and to celebrate the last few days of summer. Also, the flowers were in season! It was a subtle, easy way to tie the whole experience together and decorate at the same time.

 

3. DRESS UP THE TABLE

Brunch is a special meal, so break out the special china and good linens!

We used grandma’s old hankies and a mish mash of vintage crystal, heirloom silver, and floral print plates. It worked well with the sunflower motif and made the meal look all the more appetizing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. SERVE A SIGNATURE DRINK

What is brunch without its drinks? Coffee, espresso, mimosas, bloody mary’s – it’s not unusual to have one of each at a good brunch.

For our signature drink, we decided on something light and refreshing: a mix of Campari, fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, Ti Amo Prosecco from Heritage Wine Cellars, and a bit of mint. It was, simply put, extremely tasty.

 

 

5. BE HEALTHY and INDULGENT

It’s great to serve healthy dishes, but don’t deprive your guests of at least a few exceptional treats. Our menu included:

  • Prosciutto, melon and manchego cheese bites
  • Chocolate-dipped candied bacon (we know you’re interested, so here’s a smaller serving recipe you can try at home)
  • Fresh berries, homemade granola and vanilla yogurt
  • Gala apple, almond and kale salad with creamy shallot dressing
  • Summer vegetable quiche
  • Crème brulee French toast muffins with maple syrup
  • Salted caramel truffles

The perfect mix of feel-good health food and delectable indulgence, right?

 

6. SEND YOUR GUESTS HOME WITH A LITTLE SOMETHING

When the laughs are coming to an end, the plates are empty, and the last drops of your breakfast cocktail are being sipped, the last thing your guests will expect is more good stuff. Be ready to send them home with leftovers, coffee, and even a little treat for their post-brunch afternoon munchies.

We had coffee in to-go cups and our crazy-good-how-is-this-healthy granola packed up for guests to enjoy at a later time. See, this way the brunch doesn’t end after everyone’s gone. And that’s how you become the best at brunch.