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.

Jeff Mauro's Toast Bar is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jeff Mauro's Toast Bar is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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.

Host Jeff Mauro demonstrates his Toast Bar for fellow host Sunny Anderson during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Host Jeff Mauro demonstrates his Toast Bar for fellow host Sunny Anderson during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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.

Host Katie Lee demonstrates her Slow Cooker Dirty Chai Latte for fellow host Marcela Valladolid during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Host Katie Lee demonstrates her Slow Cooker Dirty Chai Latte for fellow host Marcela Valladolid during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Katie Lee's Slow Cooker Dirty Chai Latte is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Katie Lee's Slow Cooker Dirty Chai Latte is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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.

Host Marcela Valladolid demonstrates an idea for crafting a centerpiece with a leftover champagne bottle for fellow hosts Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Host Marcela Valladolid demonstrates an idea for crafting a centerpiece with a leftover champagne bottle for fellow hosts Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee during a segment on Lazy Brunch, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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

Marcela Valladolid's champagne bottle centerpiece is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marcela Valladolid's champagne bottle centerpiece is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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

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