By Camila Pavone

Published on October 13, 2015

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We are all constantly on the run, and when the weekend comes around we want to become hermits and catch up on Bravo reruns and sleep. The thought of hosting a brunch to see girlfriends sounds exhausting. Unless you don’t actually have to cook anything! It’s possible, we’ll prove it.

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After a quick visit to the market you will be ready to hit the ground running. Fall presents plenty of beautiful weather days, and some of us live in warm climates year-round, so if you are able to host outdoors, do. Perk: No need to do a deep clean indoors.

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Here is our outdoor space before brunch prep

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Here is after.

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The first step to an effortless brunch is having a pretty presentation area for your food. I covered up my outdoor table with my favorite DIY Batik blanket

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Then, for an inexpensive floral arrangement, I took three pineapples from Trader Joe’s (2.99 each) and spray painted their leaves.

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The bases were untouched and can be cut after the party and eaten!

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Tea Station with milk and honey

When setting the table I made sure to have stations where guests could help themselves to make a more effortless experience for the hostess.

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Cereal Station

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Yogurt Parfait station

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I also love setting the table with individual drinks. No reason to have to keep running to the bar to make a drink. Have a signature drink and let that be it!

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My go to breakfast item for an effortless brunch is always the Danish pancakes from Trader Joe’s. They are little bites of heaven. You throw them on a baking sheet (seriously) and let them bake for 10 mins. Pop them out and add some powder sugar on top. Then zhush things up a bit by having a side of chocolate or caramel sauce to drizzle.

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Pre-packed doughnuts look a lot fancier in a glass dome and they are protected from the elements, whether it be pesky flies or little toddler hands.

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The breakfast item that received the most ohh’s and ahh’s was the quickest one to prep. I jetted out to my local fast food drive-thru before guests arrived and picked up some guilty pleasure breakfast classics–and they were very well received. There’s also a slightly silly element to serving fast food at a brunch that felt really fun.

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The whole setup took about 15-20 minutes, including time in the kitchen. Everyone enjoyed themselves, the food was devoured, and clean up was a breeze. For your brunch, try the elements here or pick a few favorites based on the tastes of your group. The end result is a brunch where the focus is on time with family and friends, rather than prepping and cleaning. Sometimes the easiest events are the most fun!

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