Create an Easy Brunch Setup

Entertaining guests mid-morning is as easy as 1-2-3.

Updated on January 31, 2018 16:01 pm

Camille Besinga

The prospect of having guests over in the morning may weigh heavily on you, the host, as it verily means getting up very early to cook brunch fare (heavier than breakfast but not as heavy as lunch), and decorate your dining area to look brunch-worthy. There’s a way of avoiding waking up at the crack of dawn just so you can comfortably serve brunch four to five hours later.

Heed the tips we’ve gathered below and enjoy brunch!

1. First, think of your menu. It should be easy to make, and easy to serve. Skip dishes that will require you to plate the food. Consider the following:

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Bacon-potato frittata: The best thing about this recipe is that you can cook the dish just before the guests arrive so it’s warm, or you can start your morning cooking it and serve it to the guests later on at room temperature. Get the recipe here.

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Classic French toast: Make these babies ahead of time and just pile them on a basket, with a bowl of maple syrup on the side. Use dense, day-old bread like sourdough for best results. Know how to make French toast here.

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Blueberry scones: You can make scones (recipe here) ahead of time (like the night before), but why go through all that fuss when you can simply buy these from your favourite English bakery or cafe? Try out hotel tea lounges like The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel Singapore, tea chains like TWG, or off-the-beaten-path cafes like Foster English Rose Café in Holland Village.

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Fruit buffet: Get fresh fruits—grapes, strawberries, pineapples, oranges—from your preferred market, and simply gather them in bowls for guests to choose from. Peel and slice (or chop into bite-size squares) the bigger ones, like pineapples. These will go well with scones and French toast!

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Bellini bar: Let guests help themselves to this classic brunch drink. Simply make fruit puree (or, again, just buy from the supermarket! Try orange, peach, or raspberry), place them in pitchers or clear carafes alongside champagne or sparkling white wine. Pour 1 part puree and 3 parts champagne into a flute (there are plastic party flutes available in supermarkets, too).

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Coffee concentrate: If you’re a coffee purist and don’t really like the bland taste of coffee brewed using drip coffee maker, it’s easy to serve your guests really good coffee using a coffee concentrate. Get super-easy how-to’s here.

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Crème puff tower: Bring out your cupcake stand, or pile on cake stands one on top of the other, and fill the rafters with store-bought crème puffs (try Chewy Junior over at Raffles City Shopping Centre). Make it look like it was homemade by dusting confectioner’s sugar over the puffs.

2. Now it’s time to set up. Whether you’re brunching in the dining room or on your outdoor deck or lanai, make sure that decorating the space won’t be too much of a headache. Besides, brunch is supposed to be an easy-going meal—for both guest and host.

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Stick to simple floral arrangements. Flowers are great for decorating, because all you need to do is buy the variety you prefer and stick 'em in a vase. Just make sure not to buy too many flowers—brunch is a very casual setup, and casual means getting to talk to guests beside you and in front of you. Too many (or too tall) flower arrangements could make this a wee bit difficult.

Also, make sure you have everything you need for your brunch menu: plates, utensils, juice glasses, and coffee cups or mugs. Choose colourful plateware that will complement your chosen linen and floral arrangements, for a harmonious palette.

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For ease of cleanup, use disposable party materials like paper plates. But make your setup look more pleasing by getting paper plate holders and napkins in the colour corresponding to your chosen palette.

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Get resourceful with place settings. When it comes to place settings, you can use stems of flowers or even fruits, which you can tie with jute string to hold name tags made from cut-up paper or labels. Handwritten place cards feel much more personal and more cohesive to the casual spirit of brunches.


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Cover photo courtesy of 100 Layer Cake

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