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Who ever said that parties had to be hosted at night to be fun? Sometimes, a brunch with friends can be one of the best ways to celebrate – particularly if you’re all fans of orange juice, champagne, and breakfast foods. If you’re planning on having your very first brunch party, you might be surprised to learn that it’s incredibly easy to host a successful morning.
Whether you’re creating the perfect occasion for a baby shower, a wedding shower, or any other celebration, here are some top tips for making your brunch party more fun.
Get the Etiquette Right
Start by taking as much stress as possible off your plate by getting your brunch party’s etiquette right. Usually, the best way to serve food at a brunch party is buffet style, as this avoids people having to wait around for their food to arrive. You can relax and pick at food this way, while enjoying conversations with the guests.
There’s no specific rule for the kind of food that you have to serve, but make sure you know in advance whether you’re going to be providing alcohol or not. It’s also important to be aware of any dietary restrictions that your guests might have.
When inviting people to your brunch party, make sure that you give them the details far ahead of schedule. If possible, it’s best to give it at least a few weeks before the event. Whether you’re emailing, texting, or writing an invitation, ask for an RSVP, so you know how many people to plan for.
Schedule the Day
Schedules might not seem like much fun, but they’re a great way to ensure that your brunch doesn’t just go off-kilter with no real structure. Although it’s nice to just leave people to chat for a while, you’ll need to eventually decide when it’s the right time to play any games, have any toasts, or host any speeches. Plus, if you’re having a party that requires gifts, you need a specific time to exchange those too.
Start by giving people a chance to simply eat and talk for at least a couple of hours. Once everyone is full, then you can start looking into exchanging gifts. The wrapping paper and other packaging can then be cleared away at the same time as any buffet plates and glasses.
Finally, when everyone is excited and enjoying the moment after gift giving, think about throwing together some fun games that are relevant to the occasion. You might have baby shower games to play that include guessing the weight of the baby, or wedding shower games like bridal bingo.
Manage the Atmosphere
Brunch parties are great because they’re often more laid back than other events. You’re supposed to be eating and chatting, rather than doing anything specific, so there’s plenty of scope for people to enjoy themselves without any pressure. However, it’s important to get the atmosphere right if you want to ensure that the day goes off without a hitch.
Start by making sure that you have ice breakers in place when people arrive if necessary. An icebreaker can be a great way to bring people together and start everyone chatting before the food comes, so you don’t have to worry about getting everyone in the same mood to start party games later. Things like asking people to introduce the person closest to them in the room, and then switching everyone into different seats can be a great way to get started.
Another good way to manage the atmosphere is with music. Make sure that you tailor the music to the context of the party. Romantic songs make a lot of sense for a wedding shower or engagement brunch. However, if you’re hosting a party for someone’s birthday, you might just use a selection of their favourite songs.
Keep it Stress-Free
Finally, remember that brunch parties are a great excuse to relax, and indulge. You should be enjoying yourself and spending some time with friends – so don’t let the stress of planning get the best of you. To reduce any feelings of tension, make a list of all the items you need to purchase, including decorations and ingredients. If you don’t have enough chairs, make sure that you sort that problem ahead of schedule.
Doing as much of the prep work the night before will save you from having some serious panic moments on the day of the party – so you can just enjoy.