Hosting Brunch when you have little to no time

Over the weekend I had models coming over for fittings and a meeting and had next to no time to host anything since I’m trying to finish 6 evening gowns for my runway show in 9 days.  Of course I still viewed the situation as an opportunity to entertain and I jumped on it, but definitely cut some corners to get it all together quickly.  This is the brunch I threw together with some ideas and tips to save some time.


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Tip #1- Don’t over-plan!  Serving 2 or 3 items, plus a simple drink is plenty.

Tip #2- Pick recipes that need minimal dishes in preparing, this will eliminate too much time cleaning.  Parfaits are great for this, because the only dishes used are the ones used for serving.

Tip #3- Don’t be ashamed to serve purchased baked goods.  I served almond croissants from Mimi’s Cafe.  It’s not the cheapest option, but it definitely saves a lot of time!

Tip #4- A quick way to make a simple drink (I chose apple juice) a little fancier is to use frozen berries in the place of ice.  It keeps drinks cold while mixing up the flavor as well as adding a little color.

Tip #5- You can easily cut corners while still home-making your foods.  You can find canisters of melting chocolate ready to melt in the microwave that make chocolate covered strawberries a snap, and eliminates dishes to clean later.

Tip #6- For an easy centerpiece, save yourself a trip to the florist and pick up some flowers at the grocery store while you are there.

3 Comments on Hosting Brunch when you have little to no time

  1. Sarah Jan
    03/31/2014 at 10:53 am (4 years ago)

    I love this! I need tips like this for every meal I prepare! And you managed to still make it so beautiful with so little time! Great job! I’m inspired!

  2. laurel
    04/18/2014 at 8:01 am (4 years ago)

    The bottom layer of the parfait looks gold–how did you do that? Will there be a recipe forthcoming?

    • Natalie
      04/22/2014 at 10:22 pm (4 years ago)

      The cups are painted that way! I will be putting up a tutorial soon.


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