Every year, I plan a Valentines celebration with my girlfriends. It started back when we were mostly all single and needed something to do when we didn’t have a Valentine, but has continued on even though most of my girlfriends are now married. This year, I decided to host a brunch and it turned out to be so much fun. After eating, we sat down and made handmade valentines while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sheer perfection!
So, here are my tips on how to host the perfect Valentine’s brunch…
As I have grown older, it has become increasingly more difficult to figure out who to invite when I host a party. Should I invite high school friends? Work friends? Church friends? It feels like I have friends from so many different circles that it’s impossible to decide who to invite. Well, this time around, I decided I was just going to invite girls who I wanted an excuse to get to know more… regardless of where I knew them from. And you know what? They all got along just fine! Don’t be afraid to mix it up, and invite people even if they won’t all know each other. Just make sure to be a good host and introduce everyone!
2. Plan a menu that won’t stress you out!
Since I was the one making all the food, I wanted to make sure everything I was serving could be prepared ahead of time. My menu included a bacon cheddar mushroom quiche, butter-caramel baked french toast, apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins and greek yogurt blackberry parfaits. Now that may sound like a lot of food to make the morning of a party, but almost everything was ready to go by the time my guests arrived. I prepped all the ingredients for the quiche and french toast the night before and then started baking them just before my friends showed up. Parfaits were another easy brunch food option because you can easily make them the night before (sans granola of course) and stash them in your refrigerator until morning. Lastly, the muffins were a fairly simple recipe I created and was the only real cooking I ended up doing in the morning. Everything else, was as simple as putting food in the oven!
3. Enjoy yourself!
In all the busyness of planning a party, this is something I sometimes forget to do. But once everyone has arrived, you need to just sit back and chat with your guests and forget about the fact that you didn’t have enough time to wash your floors before they arrived. You invited people over so you could spend time with them, so stop fussing about what you need to do and enjoy the company!
Ps. If you decide to host your own Valentine’s day brunch be sure to comment and share all of your own pretty little details! I’d love to hear about it! 🙂