Here’s How to Prepare a Restaurant Worthy Brunch at Home

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The quintessential component of a lazy spring or summer weekend has to be brunch. After a refreshing snooze, you wake up for a meal that isn’t quite breakfast and doesn’t want to be lunch either. Restaurants can do a rollicking business at brunch time but going out isn’t your only option. Staying in, and inviting people over for brunch in some ways is an even lazier way to socialize, you don’t even have to leave the house! Complete with recipe ideas and decorating tips, here is what you need to know to throw a restaurant worthy brunch on any weekend — and still get that coveted shut-eye yourself.

To lounge around as much as possible, get some work done the night before. This applies to kitchen prep, cleaning, and cooking. Tables can be laid out the night before, and if you do most of your kitchen prep in advance — which is easier than you think! — you can give your kitchen the cleaning it needs afterwards. Then on brunch day, you’ll just need to give a quick wipe to the countertops before people begin to arrive.

Quick breads will keep well overnight and won’t require too much kitchen effort. Two or three varieties can easily be made, helping you to round out your menu while keeping picky eaters satisfied. You can even create the allusion you’ve gone to more trouble than you have by making the breads in different forms, such as a batch of lemon poppyseed muffins and a loaf of banana bread. Right before people are due on your doorstep, arrange the muffins or breads in a basket or on a serving dish.

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