How to Host Brunch without Cooking

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I recently hosted the most effortless brunch. I hosted 20 of my blogger friends from the Windy City Blogger Collective, and only spent an hour pulling the whole thing together. The best part was that I didn’t cook a thing! Wondering how I managed to host a brunch without cooking? I will let you in on my secrets.

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The difference between brunch and breakfast can be summed up in one word: MIMOSAS. Go big.

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Offer a variety of juices (we had watermelon, pineapple, and orange) and champagne, prosecco, and sparking wine. Add some pretty paper straws and you are all set.

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Next source pastries from your local bakery. The French bakery near my home, La Fournette, has the most amazing croissants so I picked up a dozen.

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Then hit your grocery store. That is where I picked up some muffins, fruit salad, and yogurt. We had plenty of food, and it made for a beautiful spread.

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Add an activity. Doodles Doughnuts also happens to be in my neighborhood and they made doughnuts with white icing and sell coloring frosting so that you can doodle on your doughnut. It’s the most fun activity/food that you could serve at a party.

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I was seriously impressed with the designs everyone drew!

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Since I was hosting this party for my bloggers, I thought it would be fun to bring in Stylisted so that they could do hair. When bloggers get together, photos happen – lots of them. And the fashion bloggers shoot looks for their sites – so why not have great hair? Plus, it was Saturday so everyone left the brunch with party ready hair.

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The thing that made my brunch exceptional was the venue. I teamed up with my friend, the incredible Debi Lilly to host the brunch at her event space, DL Loft.

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Debi is an event planner and floral designer, and she very kindly provided florals for the brunch. The coolest thing is that you can get Debi’s floral arrangements and products at Safeway Albertsons stores (including Jewel-Osco).

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Huge thanks for Debi for all of her help! For more information on DL Loft head over here – it’s a wonderful space for parties, plus it has two bedrooms and it is available for rentals.

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  • Such a beautiful location!

  • Lovely! I don’t doubt everyone enjoyed 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  • creativejewishmom/safa

    Looks great, I think the pink flowers and the champagne and the great location made it all one special brunch. thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday and wonderful to “meet” you!

  • ashleigh

    What a perfect little brunch! Mimosas definitely a must:)

    I’d love it if you shared this at my weekly link party!

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-008/

  • Lorraine Williamson

    love the party idea thanks for sharing it looks so cool have a great week

  • This looks like such a beautiful and fun brunch! And to only spend an hour or so preparing for it…that sounds like a dream to me!

  • i should have done this for Mother’s Day! I spent the morning preparing brunch for my MIL and this would have been so much simpler…maybe next year…LOL! Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  • This looks like such a lovely brunch! I love the activity you incorporated as well. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I entertain over the summer. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop this week 🙂

  • I love this! How freaking cool is that Doodles Donuts place!? Ugh wish we had one here!!

  • I love the loft, the doodles activity and the idea of being in a room full of bloggers! Thanks for this peek at all the fun.

  • I love the doughnut bar idea! And the venue is such a cool spot…would love to have a brunch party there!

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