The key to hosting an elegant, restaurant-worthy brunch is not as difficult as you may think. We promise that if you use these simple tips and tricks, all your wahala will disappear! (well most of it). Check them out below, plus some bonus tips and favourite brunch recipes below.

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Great ingredients make a great meal

Honestly, the fresher the better. If you’re not a Martha Stewart or Maky Benson and baking from scratch isn’t your thing – look at visiting your local bakery as early as possible so you can get those perfectly flaky, freshly baked croissants straight out of the oven. The better the ingredients, the more delicious your meal which also generally makes for a more successful brunch.

Tip: Fresh food that delivers? Check out for brunch essentials and Cactus , XO Bakery or La Brioche for freshly baked croissants on the morning of your brunch.

Keep your service simple with a buffet or family-style meal

Presentation is still really important, but to make sure you aren’t overly worried about errant servers or waiter mishaps (plus the extra costs if you don’t have in house staff). Plate your food on large boards and platters and have guests serve themselves. It’s a great icebreaker for new friends at the brunch, it reduces waste as people generally only take what they want and it cuts down on washing up time. Sounds like a win to me!

Tip: Miniso has some superlative pieces that’ll make your brunch buffet table adorable.

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Have a ‘hero meal’ as your main course and keep the rest of your menu simple

If ever there was a time to put your Insta-skills to work it’s at brunch. Make sure you focus on one super delicious, Insta-worthy main option and then have lots of filler side options that are easily pre-prepped and where possible can be easily re- used for another meal. Waste not, want not.

Try out Shakshuka with Harissa and Spinach as your main meal,if you want something a little unconventional. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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Are you the host or hostess with the mostest? What are your hostessing hacks for having a great brunch?