For us, weekend brunch is maybe the most important meal of the whole week. And while going out to brunch is fun and festive, sometimes the best way to make the event special is to host it yourself! Don’t stress over planning and hosting the perfect morning though. The best events have personal touches, and a little bit of the unexpected! Lifestyle expert and food blogger Svitlana Flom of Art De Fete has a taste for the delectable when it comes to throwing her own special brunch party for friends and family. She is giving us her recipes, playlist and top tips for hosting the perfect brunch this weekend.
Brunch is the perfect excuse to have a cocktail at noon. What better drink to have than the classic bubbly mimosa to get the party going? I believe the best mimosas are made with a standard Champagne, Cava, or a dry Prosecco. A personal favorite is a blushing mimosa – and not just because of the color!
Fill champagne flutes halfway with the sparkling wine of your choice. Add 3 ounces of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of grenadine, and a splash of pineapple juice. Place a sliced strawberry on the rim for decoration.
This special twist on the classic mimosa will truly wow your guests. Fill your champagne flutes with sparkling wine and add sliced oranges, strawberries, and pineapple. An orange liqueur is also a great, fruity addition.
You’re brunch menu must be filled with a variety of food, from healthy, light dishes to rich, savory, flavorful foods. Try and keep a balance of both, because each guest differs with their personal tastes.
Broccoli, Smoked Salmon Frittata with Burata
- 8 eggs
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 12-15 small broccoli florets
- 2-3 tablespoons smoked salmon, diced
- 1 teaspoon chives, finely diced
- 1 shallot, finely diced
- 6 basil leaves, more for garnish
- ½ burrata cheese ball
- ½ tablespoon butter
- Salt and Aleppo pepper or black pepper
- Blanch broccoli: In a medium-sized pot, bring water to a boil, season with salt. Drop broccoli florets into the water. Cook for 3 minutes or until soft but not fully cooked. Shock in ice water, then drain on paper towel.
- To make frittata: Preheat oven to 375 F. Break eggs into a bowl; add milk and season well with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
- In a non-stick frying pan melt butter over medium-low heat, then add shallot, season lightly with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Carefully pour egg mixture. Scatter broccoli florets and chopped salmon. Break burrata with your fingers into bite size pieces and place it sporadically all over frittata.
- Sprinkle with chives and place basil leaves on top, sprinkle with extra pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until edges are set, then transfer to the oven. Bake for another 8 minutes or until frittata is set in the center.
- With a rubber spatula, go along the pan’s border to make sure that frittata is loosen and can be easily transferred to a serving plate. Carefully slide frittata on it and slice it into 8 pieces. Sprinkle with fresh tiny basil leaves on top.
Farmer Cheese Pancakes with Raisins
For the cakes
- 1 lb. farmer’s cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons flour, plus more for drenching
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons raisins, soaked
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 lemon, zested
- vegetable oil for cooking
- Fresh berries
- Maple syrup
- Lemon/or orange zest
- Mint leaves
- Make the pancakes: Place farmer cheese into a large bowl; add egg and the rest of ingredients. Mix to combine. Take a different clean plate and dust it lightly with flour.
- Scoop up pancake mixture with a small ice-cream scooper or with your hands; put it on a plate with flour. Sprinkle little bit of flour on top, press down to form ½”-inch thick pancake.
- Shake of extra flour and place your pancake on cutting board lightly dusted with flour. Continue to make the desired quantity of pancakes and place them on the cutting board.
- Put a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat, drizzle lightly with oil. When the oil is nice and hot, add your pancakes and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden.
Flowers are a great addition to any brunch table by adding a natural, earthy feel. My top picks would be roses, hydrangeas, tulips, or lilies. Each has a rich scent that will brighten you brunch.
A great way to spice up a brunch party is to create a theme for the overall event. Two of my favorites for brunches are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a Parisian Affair.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The all-time classic movie featuring the fabulous Audrey Hepburn would be a marvelous brunch for your guests and it can surprisingly be budget friendly!
Here are some great ideas: Set the table with the classic Tiffany Blue, and have the rest of your décor in white. Fill vases with faux pearls and glass pebbles. White flowers as a centerpiece will create the natural ambiance you’re looking for and still follow the theme.
Parisian Affair: Bring Paris into your dining room without crossing the ocean! For a Parisian Style brunch think black, white, and pink. A beautiful plate with a pink floral design would be a lovely touch. Feel free to add pink roses, or lilies as a center piece along with white flowers as well. Make a cheese plate with a side of sliced French baguette as an appetizer along with croissants, and for dessert some sweet macaroons!
Great music will boost your brunch, but make sure you keep the volume down so your guests can enjoy conversation with each other. A playlist that always brightens up my day and is a good mix of the classics and popular music is Spotify’s ‘Have a Great Day!’ Relish in some Jackson 5, Beatles, and then throw in a Bruno Mars hit and you’ve got yourself a bright, fun soundtrack.
NO FAIL TIPS
- The key to having a successful brunch party is to plan ahead, so you are not waking up at 5 am. Aside from most food, you can set everything the night before. Table covers, decorations, plates, knives, forks, etc. These are all little things that can be done in advance to make your morning less hectic.
- Have a large variety of food for guest. Not every guest has the same taste, so have a wide range of options for guests. Have some healthy options, like eggs, oatmeal, and of course a fruit salad. While also having a few pastries, cones, and specialty pancakes – YUM!
- Coffee and tea are a must. Two cardinal essentials to any brunch is coffee and tea. Don’t stick to once kind of tea, have an assortment. The essentials are: white, black, mint, and green. Another necessity is coffee! Have a side of creamer, sugar, and milk to complement each guest’s tastes.
- Serve the meal buffet style. Buffet style brunch is an easy yet successful hosting method to make your dinner table less packed. My tip would be to set up a table somewhere on the side and lay various dishes throughout the table top so guests can easily access the food. Put a linen underneath the food as well, it will look nice and presentable as well as catch any mess.
- Enjoy yourself! Don’t make this super stressful, try to time manage everything as much as possible. If you need help do not be hesitant – ask your guests to help setup the table and prepare the coffee. Get a little buzz on, and enjoy delicious food with your guests!