If you’ve done your night-before prep for your brunch, the morning of the event can be pretty relaxed, so planning mostly comes down to timing.
1-2 Hours Before
Look at your recipes and determine how long you need to bake casseroles or cook up waffles.
- Bready dishes and precooked meats can generally be kept warm in the oven for 30-45 minutes without suffering.
- Waffles can be recrisped in a toaster if they get soggy from being kept in the oven
1 Hour Before
Go ahead and prep more delicate items that are less fussy about refrigeration times, like fruit salad.
- Toss fruits that brown easily with citrus juice to minimize browning.
- Mix up any fizzy beverage mixes and get them ready to ice.
30 Minutes Before
Wait until right before guests arrive to finish cooking and plating more temperature sensitive items.
- Eggs generally don’t keep well in a warming pan, so save cooking these up for last.
- Temperature-sensitive items like meats, cheeses, and yogurt should be set out just as guests arrive.
Last week’s tip: The Night Before Brunch