Get the girls together for brunch — in your own backyard! Grab your best gal pals and get ready to brunch in style with our tips on decorations, recipes and activities.
While sips and eats should be the star of your celebration, setting the scene is essential to throwing a truly fabulous get-together. Designate one area for dining, then lay out food and drinks atop folding tables for easy set-up and clean-up. Add tablecloths, then display morning munchies on cake stands to make them look extra special. Give guests plenty of room to sit back and relax by setting out lawn chairs with colorful pillows to match. Throwing a big bash for more ladies than you have chairs? Consider renting some from a party rental company. For the final touch, arrange fresh flowers on dining and serving tables — just cut them from your own backyard.
Start prepping your fabulous brunch ahead of time so you can keep out of the kitchen and spend more time with guests. For a simple yet satisfying starter, let guests help themselves to a yogurt parfait bar, complete with vanilla yogurt, berries and granola. For the main event, dish up mini spinach frittatas — they’re an easy (and delicious) way use ingredients you may already have in your fridge. End on a sweet note by slicing up sour cream almond coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping — who said you can’t have cake for breakfast? The best part: You can serve everything at room temperature so you don’t have to keep the oven on in warm summer weather.
A brunch essential — your daily dose of caffeine and a boozy beverage. Rise and shine with a fresh cup of coffee, then toast your lovely ladies with mimosas (try our pink grapefruit mimosas for a refreshingly different twist on OJ). Or create a make-your-own mimosa bar by setting out a variety of your favorite juices and let guests create custom concoctions.
Brunch is the perfect time to catch up with old friends. But in addition to chit-chat, it can be fun to play a crowd-pleasing party game, such as reverse charades or telephone Pictionary, or set up some lawn games, like croquet, cornhole or bocce ball.
Thank your guests for coming with a small basket of favors by the door. Fill your basket with travel-sized items, like mini notebooks, candles and beauty products. Just attach a themed “Here Comes the Sun” printable or sweet handwritten note that reads “Thanks a bunch for coming to my brunch” or “Ladies who brunch together, stay together” to each favor.
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