Top 5 tips for hosting brunch on a budget

Chef, Sara Lynn Cauchon shares her top five tips for hosting a beautiful brunch but not going crazy and staying on a budget.

Choosing to host brunch over dinner is a budget-friendly choice in itself. You’re naturally expected to serve a lot less food at a midday event than at an evening one and your guests are likely to drink less as well. Chef, Sara Lynn Cauchon shares some easy ways to pull together a cost-effective but expensive looking brunch that your friends will adore!

Tip #1: Choose a signature cocktail 

  • This helps cut down costs of stocking a full bar, and adds some extra personality to the party.
  • Ex. Pink Grapefruit Mimosas

Tip #2: Serve everything buffet or family-style

  • Not only does it help the event feel more casual and relaxed but guests naturally eat less when they’re helping themselves.
  • Great family style dishes are super easy to put together. You can buy a lot of the elements pre-made at your supermarket and add some finishing touches to make them look gourmet.
  • Ex: Quiche with Asparagus & Goat Cheese, Fresh Citrus Salad, Mixed greens with wine vinaigrette

Tip #3: Make simple dishes look gourmet 

  • My guest’s favourite dishes always seem to be the ones that were easiest to make! You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare delicious desserts and snacks.
  • You’d be amazed at what you can whip up with ingredients you already have laying around the house.
  • Ex: PB&J French Toast Dippers

Tip #4: Serve simple, delicious snacks

  • Everyone loves to nibble, even after a full meal but snacks can cost quite a bit, so I always recommend popcorn as the most budget-friendly but super satisfying snack out there.
  • Ex: Honey butter popcorn doubles as a snack and as dessert

Tip #5 Say thank-you to your guests

  • Gift your guests an inexpensive edible gift to say thank-you for a great time. It’s always nice for everyone to leave with a little party favour.
  • Ex: Flavoured butters

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