Thursday, April 2, 2015

Get Organized: Easter Brunch

With Easter right around the corner, it's time to start planning for the meal. Brunch is fun for a large gathering. Hosting brunch can become a difficult task when you aren't adequately prepared. With just a little bit of planning, you can smoothly host any brunch. 

Create The Menu: This may seem obvious but it is important to mention. We need to know that we will be making a meal that will be appropriate for our guests (we need to accommodate food allergies and preferences). We also need to make sure we'll have enough variety and enough food for our crowd. Tomorrow I will be sharing my menu with you! 
Shop Early: Another potentially obvious one--in case any ingredients may be hard to find or sold out. Make sure you have everything you need by Friday or Saturday. 
Plan The Cooking: When we're cooking for a large number of people, we often forget about the volume of food we need to make. We also don't want food getting cold. For instance, if you are making waffles, you may want to ask a friend or family member to bring their waffle iron too--this way you can cook up multiple waffles at once. For any food that may get cold, perhaps you can set your oven on a lower temperature to keep things warm (this is great for waffles, pancakes, french toast, and hash browns). 
Presentation: Consider how you will present all your dishes. Joe and I are incorporating waffles into our brunch so we are going to break up ours into four squares and stack them to make a waffle tower. 
Customization: For larger parties or picky eaters, this may be a great option. You may want to consider a waffle bar (with assorted toppings) or an omelette station (with a few frying pans) or an oatmeal bar to create more options for your guests. This can also add a really fun element to your brunch. 

I hope these tips are helpful! 

Happy Easter!

What are your Easter or weekend plans?

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