How to Plan an All-Out Brunch at Home

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The best weekend ritual is leisurely getting out of bed, putting on your cutest outfit and heading to your favorite restaurant for brunch with friends. Good food and good company always make for the best meals, right? But the next time you and your friends want to meet for these morning festivities, invite them to your pad instead: you can skip the crowds and long waits, and have a beautiful brunch in the comfort of your own home. But don’t stress about planning this all-out shindig. From a printed tablecloth you can make yourself to grown up Pop Tarts, here are 10 decor and food ideas to help you get your homemade brunch on.

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Pull Out New Table Textiles

Before you start dreaming about the food, you’ll want to think about how your table will look. First choose between an indoor or outdoor setting, and then pick a color scheme. An upgrade from plastic party supplies will create a better Instagram photo op, so go the route of making it all yourself. A tablecloth is a must, and you can DIY your own pretty patterned textile the day before.

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Make a Gorgeous Centerpiece

A vase of flowers on the table is always nice, but you can also try a statement centerpiece to take the tablescape to the next level. Can you believe that all you need to make this chic option is PVC pipe and metallic spray paint?

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Set the Table With New Flatware

Is your flatware set looking a little drab? You can give a few forks, knives and spoons a golden facelift for your party — and then keep those gilded utensils around for an even more special occasion.

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Dish Up With Ombre Servingware

Keep the up-cycling treatments going! Rummage through your kitchen drawers to find servingware you can give an ombre treatment to. After this brunch soiree, you can continue to give them new life at this summer’s barbecues and dinner parties.

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Mix Drinks With Floral Stirrers

Boozy brunches are life. Buy fresh flowers (or pick them from your garden) and turn them into drink stirrers for your spiked sweet tea or bellinis. Make sure your glassware also goes well with the rest of your table. Mason jars, for example, are a summery addition.

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Pour a Few Mimosas

The best words in any language translate to “bottomless mimosas.” Instead of paying an arm and a leg at your local breakfast spot, you can bring the bar to your own homespun brunch. Check out this how-to on setting up the prettiest mimosa bar on the side of your patio or dining room.

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Whip Up Stuffed French Toast

Now that you have your table set, it’s time to think about what you’re going to serve. If your guests love classic breakfast dishes, try this stuffed French toast recipe. You can serve fresh fruit and crispy bacon on the side, too.

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Bake Breakfast Pizzas for All

Feeling adventurous about your brunch menu? Go for breakfast pizza. You can make regular-sized pies for everyone to share, or if you have the space and time, set it up so that everyone can make their own.

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Pop In Savory Muffins to Nibble On

Muffins are always a wonderful brunch treat, especially if you want to have a few lighter options on your table. This muffin recipe has coconut, apples, carrots and walnuts. Don’t forget to serve these with a carafe of coffee or a pot of tea.

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Take Pop Tarts to the Next Level

If you’re thinking about devoting your menu to pastries, these homemade Pop Tarts will take it to the next level. Try experimenting with flavors that depend on your friends’ favorite childhood tastes. Once you see how fun it is to have brunch at home with your friends, you’ll want to make it the new Sunday ritual.

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