Events & Entertaining: The Brunch Bunch

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Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 10/24/2009

Set the Stage

Picking apples  
  • Your guests are expecting a simple affair, so surprise them with something special like your grandmother's silver serving pieces for your buffet, or simple arrangements of informal wild flowers on formal white linen tablecloth (and no pre-determined seating arrangements).
  • For drinks, set out a couple of pitchers with different types of juices and sparkling water, plus a bottle of bubbly and white wine so guests can mix their own cocktails.
  • Sometimes music is all you need to mix it up. Forgo classical or jazz tunes – and instead play a mix of all your favorites no matter era, artist or genre.
  • Send guests home with treats that help ease them into the work week – home-made muffins, a half-pound of exotic coffee beans, fresh flowers from your tabletop, or even a copy of your personal brunch playlist! Include a copy of their weekly horoscope for a quirky touch.

Brunch by the Season

Apple slices wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma

Celebrate the seasons with a beautiful brunch featuring fresh blooms and farm-fresh ingredients.

  • Winter
    Flowers – Try Amaryllis, Iris or Hydrangea. Brighter colors look festive before the New Year, while winter white is a classic for January and February.
    Dish – Salad of Winter Greens with Pomegranate Seeds and Warm Raspberry Dressing (Tri-Ply Stainless 1.5 Qt. Sauce Pan)
  • Spring
    Flowers – Choose early spring blooms like Daffodils and Forsythia, or late-blooming Lilacs and Peonies.
    Dish – Fresh Minted Pea Soup (Unison Nonstick 8 Qt. Stock Pot with Cover)
  • Summer
    Flowers – With so many flowers to choose from, try a bouquet of Freesia, Heather, Amaranthus and Gladiolus.
    Dish – Fresh Fruit with Orange Caramel Sauce (Unison Nonstick 4 Qt. Sauce Pan with Cover)
  • Fall
    Flowers – Keep it bright as the weather turns cold with Goldenrod and Perennial Sunflower, or choose an autumn color scheme with roses featuring Terra Cotta, Sari, Red Berlin and Leoindas.
    Dish – Harvest Phyllo Triangles (Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14" x 15" Cookie Sheet)