Superbalist apartment editor Charl Edwards shares his 3-step process for an effortless winter brunch
Photography: Frances Marais | Styling: Charl Edwards
As someone who practices what he preaches, after showing you how to warm up your space and create a cosier home for winter I went and created the ultimate winter space. Problem is, I now never want to leave!
Which is why from here until summer all social obligations will be answered the same way – dine at mine. Check out this quick and simple 3-step process for hosting an effortless winter brunch.
Set the scene
It takes some effort to create a mood that’s effortless. The naturalist trend is perfect for laidback entertaining and you should opt for earthy textures using woven items and other product that makes guests want to touch. Remember that your table doesn’t have to look perfect, in fact it shouldn’t, as you want to create an impression of not trying too hard. Stack crockery and cups on top of one another to create a feeling of abundance and then layer rough woods, lots of greenery and piles of linen napkins for understated luxury at its finest.
Lay out your spread
Instead of fretting over placings and plating food for individual guests, rather make use of platters and mismatched servingware, allowing your friends to help themselves. Frittatas, French toast, deviled eggs, bruschetta, cold meats, tea sandwiches and a cheese board can all be prepped beforehand and will allow your guests to move around freely, pick at their leisure and eat what they want, when they want to.
Something to toast the host with the most
And finally, perhaps the reason why brunch was even invented in the first place, make sure you serve proper drinks. Because what better way to come together with friends than by day-drinking, right? Not only is this totally acceptable, if done European style and enjoyed with a modicum of decorum, then it's highly recommended, too. I don’t have time to play cocktail barman and so I simply offer jugs of Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Bellinis, alongside pots of tea and steaming coffee bodums, so that my guests can properly toast me, the host with the most.
Equipped with these 3-steps to an effortless winter brunch, all that's left is for you to make some quick and easy updates to what's already in your kitchen and diningroom. And to help you in your endeavours, below is a selection of my favourite product that's available to shop on Superbalist right now.