How To Host The Perfect Weekend Brunch Club — No Sweat!

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Weekend brunch clubs are emerging as the new game night because, well, who doesn’t love brunch? Santa Barbara-based photographer and blogger Leela Cyd, whom we discovered via her gorgeous Instagram feed before becoming addicted to her site Tea Cup Tea, invited us to join the club and offered up guidance for prepping and hosting a midday gathering so great, everyone will want to become a member.

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Mismatched Table Setting
For setting the table, I love doing a mismatch of plates and flatware. If nothing goes together or matches perfectly, it all looks cohesive. This makes it easier to collect little treasures that might not match, but catch your eye and add a bit of sparkle to your world.

Natural life makes beautiful eye candy for your table as well, so try setting out a few bowls of fruit or fresh herbs; guests can enjoy the vibrant colors as well as snack on a piece if they feel like it.
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High-Low Flowers
To elevate a weekend fete, I like to throw together a few bouquets and place them in small vases on the table. I buy one grouping of inexpensive flowers such as lilies, mums, or irises at Trader Joe’s or a local grocery, then trim and group these with clippings from my own yard.

Greenery can include things that grow around your neighborhood and add to the wild, organic feel of a pretty arrangement. Some good options to look for are pink jasmine, ferns of any type, ivy, and geraniums.
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A Make-Ahead Menu
When gathering for a brunch club with my girlfriends, I like to keep the food simple with lots of make-ahead components that just need to be assembled. This way, when guests arrive, it’s more about assembling than slaving over the stove or oven. And, I wouldn’t dare forget to serve coffee or Yorkshire Gold black tea (my absolute favorite!) in my loveliest teapot with plenty of brown sugar and whole milk.
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Your Go-To Brunch Recipe
Roasted Radish Tartines with Smashed Avocado and Preserved Lemons
Serves 6-8

3 bunches radishes, halved, with tops trimmed off
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 loaf rustic bread
4 avocados
Juice of one lemon
2 tbsp preserved lemon, roughly chopped
Fresh thyme, for garnish
1/4 cup roughly crushed pistachios, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Toss radishes in olive oil with a little salt, and pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes, until slightly soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.

3. Preheat oven to broil. Cut bread into 8 half-inch slices and place on a baking pan. Broil toast for about 2 minutes on each side, until evenly golden. Remove from pan and place on a platter.

4. In a large bowl, smash the avocado flesh with a fork until slightly chunky. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Smear mashed avocado evenly onto the toasted bread. Sprinkle with preserved lemon bits and top with 5 radish halves. Garnish with plenty of fresh thyme, pistachios, and cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.

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