Planning a summer gathering? Why not go easy on yourself and organize a brunch?


Brunch parties offer the overworked host an opportunity to throw a great party with minimal effort. Unlike a dinner party, you won't have to spend all day prepping.


Brunch is a simple and quick meal to prepare and is sure to impress your guests.


For food, large portions are out and self-serve is in. Fruit salad and yogurt parfaits can be made the night before, saving you time in the morning.


Other foods like tiny sandwiches, fresh veggies and cheese trays can be made in less than an hour before your guests arrive.

Instead of the usual mimosa, try something light, refreshing and low in sugar for your guests, like a delicious Cointreau Bubbles.

Keep the atmosphere casual — no evening dresses here. Your guests will be relieved to lose the heels and ties and slip on summer dresses and sandals. In keeping with your summery theme, play some beachy tunes and grab some seashells for decoration.

And the best part is all your guests will be gone just in time for you to take that well-deserved afternoon nap.