So, You Want to Host a "Lazy Brunch" for the New Year


Usher in the new year with ease, thanks to this go-to guide for effortless Jan. 1 brunch ideas from Food Network's The Kitchen.

Today’s New Year’s Eve, and for many, the party to welcome 2017 will happen tonight (and into the wee hours of tomorrow). But for others, the celebration goes down tomorrow in the form of a casual Jan. 1 brunch.

If you would like to get your brunch on but are worried about waking up tomorrow and having to work in the kitchen, plan to host a “Lazy Brunch,” like what the co-hosts showcased on The Kitchen. Check out their top tips for an easy, enjoyable get-together that’s ideal for easing your way into 2017.

Who says you need fancy flapjacks or elegant eggs to win the brunch game? Opt for a “Toast to the New Year” Toast Bar (pictured above) to keep it simple for yourself and satisfy the crowd.

Offer brunchgoers an array of breads, spreads and toppings — think traditional and creative ideas alike, including mashed avocado, ricotta and smoked salmon — then let them help themselves when it comes to building up their bread. Click here to find additional ingredient ideas and a fuss-free way to make poached eggs, if that’s more your style.

As for the drinks and decor, you can keep these elements easy by taking a few shortcuts. A slow cooker makes chai lattes a cinch to prepare ahead of the party.

Go the DIY route and repurpose empty Champagne bottles from your New Year’s Eve bash as the base for a quick-craft centerpiece.

Check out The Kitchen’s complete guide to a Piece-of-Cake “Lazy Brunch” Party right here.

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