To plan a simple brunch menu, stick to easy appetizers available at a store and garnish them with simple, homemade dips and sauces. Alternate between hot, cold and room temperature foods, and be sure to be inclusive and respectful of the dietary needs of all guests.
Hosting a simple brunch is much easier with proper preparation time. Begin shopping for items two days before the event, and make as much food as possible in advance. Dishes such as French toast and quiche can be made the night before the event and reheated before serving. Scones, muffins and biscuits can be made weeks in advance and frozen until just before brunch. If traditional alcoholic drinks such as Bloody Marys or mimosas are planned, combine everything but the alcohol and refrigerate; alcohol can be added before serving for a fresh taste.
Take the time to set up the brunch table the night before the event. All silverware, napkins, plates, cups and glasses should be available on the table. If brunch is set up buffet-style, create a space for each dish and their garnishes. While simple brunches do not need to be fancy, adding height to some dishes may call attention to foods that may go unnoticed.
One of the only parts of brunch that cannot be prepared well in advance are meat products. If serving bacon and sausage, opt to bake them in the oven as opposed to frying them on the stovetop. When finished, turn off the oven and leave the pan inside to keep the food warm until served.