If you’re hosting a summer bridal shower, or just want to have an excuse to invite a few friends over, a backyard brunch is the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy some fresh air and the summer sun. See below for some ideas for hosting a simply chic backyard brunch that everyone will love!
A Warm Welcome
Plan for how you want your guests to feel upon their arrival. A simple sign that reads “Welcome! So glad you’re here!” is a great way to greet guests. Once they’ve settled in, have a cocktail or an appetizer to offer them and make them feel at home.
Decorate the Space
Let nature inspire the color palette of your décor. With a backyard as your backdrop, you won’t need to go overboard. The naturally beautiful setting will speak for itself so a few simple, elegant accents are all you need. Think floral centerpieces, pretty table linens, and paper flower garlands.
Plan to have enough seating to accommodate more guests than you’re expecting. Although people tend to mingle, especially at an outdoor event, having various places to sit throughout the party adds coziness, encourages conversation, and provides ample space for guests to relax.
If your brunch will be more intimate, a few farm tables dressed with burlap runners and some beautiful floral arrangements make a lovely seating area. If you need to accommodate a larger crowd, consider renting tables and chairs and dressing them up with linens that complement the rest of your décor.
Refreshing drinks are a must at any outdoor gathering, so set up a beverage bar or table that holds a variety of drinks for guests to enjoy. And be sure to include a signature cocktail. Mimosas are always a hit and are perfect for a brunch. If you want to get a bit fancy and add to the fun, have a make-your-own mimosa bar!
While a backyard brunch can be as chic as you desire, it isn’t meant to be a highly formal affair. Serving individual meals to each guest is time consuming and unnecessary. Keep it simple with an appetizing display of brunch dishes on a buffet table and let your guests help themselves.
Here are some delicious menu ideas that are great for a buffet style brunch:
• French Toast Casserole
• Fresh Fruit Salad
• Hummus Platter with Vegetables and Crackers
For a unique spin that no one will be able to resist, set up a separate pastry table with favorite items such as donuts, sweet breads and scones. Or how about a waffle bar with a variety of toppings like fruit, granola and pure maple syrup?
Now you’re all set to plan an unforgettable backyard brunch. Just don’t forget to relax and enjoy the special time (and scrumptious food) with your guests!