What makes a good brunch?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Everyone loves brunch, or at least the idea of it. Nowadays, taking over from breakfast, brunch is easily one of the most coveted and popular meals to enjoy in the company of friends and family. There shouldn't be too much confusion over the name; it is a combination, or if you will, a portmanteau of the Br from breakfast, and unch from lunch. It was originally used to describe the interim time slot between these two meals, but it is widely acceptable to eat brunch, or simply  go to brunch, up until around 3pm. It is alleged that the term was coined in England in the late 1800s. Originally served in a buffet style, the name was brought to its height in popularity in America in the early 1900s.

The term has entered the dictionaries of countless languages, having infiltrated a huge range of different cultures. There are now wedding, baby shower, birthday, Valentine's Day and even Mother's Day brunches—the list is endless. Who would have thought that a ritualistic late Sunday morning breakfast, would become a worldwide phenomenon? So, we know you have asked yourself before, either for the purpose of hosting a brunch yourself, or in your research for a tasty new location What makes a good brunch?. Today on homify, with the help of our experts, we are going to explore just that.

Location, location

First and foremost, before you plan any menus or themes, you must consider the location in which you will hold your brunch. This glorious photograph taken by Studioreskos, displays just one of many prime spots to hold a brunch. Of course, the season very much decides the location, but if you are in the midst of perfect sunny days throughout the year, you should definitely consider hosting the brunch outside in the greenery and fresh air. Here we see a causal setting, with canvas armchairs and a rustically decorated table. This environment lets us know that guests will be in for a long, relaxing afternoon—we can't imagine anyone would be complaining! As long as you have all the essentials, which we will go into detail about below, you are right on course to creating the perfect brunch!

The perfect setting

Trapeze Teapot:  Dining room by Melody Rose
Melody Rose

Trapeze Teapot

Melody Rose

Before we excitedly send out the invitations to our brunch, we need to firstly check if we have the right number, and type, of crockery to host the amount of people we'd like to invite. Depending on the theme chosen, we might be able to get away with an eclectic mismatch of plates, teacups and bowls, but if if it is to be done correctly in the true brunch style, we need to make sure that we have a gorgeous matching set to serve up the delicacies we've been slaving away at for two days. This stunning set from Melody Rose is made from the finest Bone China, and features a quirky trapeze theme. If you look closely, you can see an acrobat gliding across the face of bowls, plates, cups and teapot. One is male, the other female, and when faced together, appear as though they are reaching out to catch each other. This is a magnificent set of china for the perfect brunch; it will have your guests wowed both before and after they have eaten their food.

A blank canvas

So, we might have all the crockery and cutlery sorted, but what about the table where we will seat our guests? This simple, yet elegant table from Deadgood Trading, was modeled on a traditional farmhouse style dining table, and is the perfect blank canvas for us to dream up ideas for a brunch theme. Made from solid Oak and white laminate, this sturdy and elegant design, whether left uncovered or dressed up, will be the hero and centre point of your brunch affair. The 'Tree Table', which is pictured, is great for both commercial and residential use. If you are in the market for a new dining room or kitchen table, and plan to entertain in the future, it is possible to customise the size based on your needs. Who needs unsightly rental tables to accommodate more guests when you can have a stately and sculptural piece of furniture like this in your home every day!

Lay it out

Room39 product range: modern Living room by Room39
Room39

Room39 product range

Room39

If you, like many, worry that your precious table will get dented, scratched and stained, there is very easy solution to this problem available. Just like we accessories our selves and our homes, our table can undergo exactly the same treatment. This minimalist and modern table cloth design from the Room39 collection is the perfect brunch staple. Whether you are protecting or covering a table, you can be sure that a simple addition such as this, will add character and charm to your brunch. Perhaps you are hosting a baby shower? You can just as easily add accents of pink and blue to a neutral base such as this to further convey your chosen theme.

Proper placement

If you are torn between using a bare table or table cloth, or perhaps want to incorporate both, we have one more solution to offer you. Pictured, is a modern interpretation of a Victorian place mat, created by East London designer Haidee Drew. In her 2014 collection, we see many products that were created from historical influences, yet given a timeless contemporary touch by the use of bold colours and quirky material textures. On these mats, you place your serving bowls or plates to highlight their importance on the table, or alternatively, you can bestow each one of your guests with these unique treasures. If you wanted to go that one step further, you can add place cards to let each guest know their designated seats. This will give a personalised and individual feel to your brunch table setting.

What's on the menu?

Now that all the decorations have been considered, naturally, the next step is to ask yourself: ’What's on the menu?’. Creating an appetising meal plan that features seasonal produce, as well as caters for a wide range of dietary requirements is of utmost importance. When sending out invitations, be sure to clarify with your guests first if they have any allergies or special dietary requirements. After all, you don't want to make any member of your party unwell! If you are hosting your brunch festivities outside, or with a cute country chic theme, you can show off the seasonable produce, or if you are choosing to serve the food buffet style, you can use this adorable table from Scumble Goosie to proudly display your efforts. Fashioned from mango wood, the pale timber colour, in conjunction with that romantic heart cut out, will have your visitors simply fawning over the table.

The essential tools

For The Table - Tableware range by Jo Davies Ceramics :  Kitchen by Jo Davies Ceramics
Jo Davies Ceramics

For The Table—Tableware range by Jo Davies Ceramics

Jo Davies Ceramics

You've spent weeks planning your menu, so the next thing to consider is if you have all the right tools and accessories for your guests to tuck into their respective meals. Like pictured, if you are serving hard-boiled eggs and toy solider toast, a great way to accessorise your table is with these matching porcelain plate and egg holder set. Handmade by Jo Davies Ceramics, her collection of crockery and tableware provides many essential items for the perfect brunch table setting. If you are after bowls, serving plates or even quirky porcelain glasses and containers to serve up your brunch feast, you can be sure to find a unique piece to wow your guests time and time again.

We hope you have enjoyed our homify helpbook on how to prepare and plan the perfect brunch. Now, what are you waiting for? Hop to it with your menu plans, themes and table setting ideas!

Let us know your experiences - what do you think makes a good brunch? Comment below.
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