This post has been sponsored by Nespresso. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ever since we became parents, I’m finding that I’m really a homebody. I’m lucky that we have a home that feels cozy and full of love and that spending time here with my family and friends warms my heart-especially on the weekends.
As we continue to fall into a new normal (crazy that it takes this long with a baby), I’m trying to find more opportunities to spend time with my girlfriends. Between jobs, babies & cross-country moves it’s getting harder and harder to find time to get everyone together. But, when we do, it’s the best!
We love going out and trying new spots, but when we haven’t seen each other in a while, I like to just invite everyone over and host at home. Lately, brunch has been my go-to entertaining method.It’s casual, relaxed and you never feel hurried by the waiter to pay your bill and move on for the next round of brunch-goers. So when we’re still at the table 4 hours later, no one can get mad!
I like to keep things simple when I host. Easy dishes, things that can be prepared before hand and require minimal time for me to be in the kitchen.
Brunch Hosting Tips
Keep it Easy
No matter what time of day you plan on hosting, this is always my number one tip. Keeping things simple makes it possible for you to actually enjoy your party too. Brunch is particularly easy because there are so many dishes you can prep in advance and make before so that you don’t really have to do much of anything when your guests arrive.
DIY Coffee Station
It seems that everyone takes their coffee a little differently, so I like to set up a mini coffee bar with my Nespresso. As you guys probably already know, I love my Nespresso Essenza Mini Machine. After a trip to Italy where I fell in love with cappuccinos, I knew I needed one at home! I love this one because it’s compact which is great for our small city kitchen. It’s the easiest way to make yummy cappuccinos at home, and frankly, I think they taste better than what I can get at most coffee shops! I also have an Aerroccino 3 milk frother because it gives you that real coffee house vibe with a creamy top!
I love having a selection of different flavors for guests to choose from as well as different milks—the staple regular milk and also almond milk for me since I’m on the lactose intolerant side. With fall coming, I love setting out spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in case guests want to accent their coffee with a little something extra.
Having these out, encourages guests to help themselves and linger from morning into the afternoon if they like! If you want some ideas for more coffee recipes, check out Nespresso’s Pinterest page for tons of inspiration!
Prep As Much as You Can Before
There’s nothing worse than running around the kitchen feeling frantic when you really just want to be hanging out with your friends. So, prep as much as you can before so that when it comes time to eat, you only have to finish a few things.
I made little yogurt parfaits that morning and kept them in the fridge. These were super easy to put together and held up well for a couple of hours too! Avocado toast is pretty much a guaranteed hit and something I know almost everyone likes. It’s also really easy to make and if you don’t consider yourself a chef, you can still do this really well. Just toast bread and top with sliced or mashed avocado. Guests can eat it as is, or add a fried egg to the top!
I’m already looking forward to our next girl’s get together! What tips do you have for hosting a great brunch at home?!