12 Lunch & Brunch Party Ideas for a Stress-Free Daytime Event

12 Lunch & Brunch Party Ideas for a Stress-Free Daytime Event

Does anyone not love brunch? If you prefer dinner parties, we can also help with that. But we happen to love both brunch and lunch, especially when served at a fabulous event. If you’re planning your own daytime event, we have 12 lunch and brunch party ideas to inspire your catering menu, design and décor, venue, and much more. 

A Jewel-Tone Color Palette

photographer: Kent Drake Photography

This brunch wedding was more invigorating than the best cup of coffee. We love the luxe velvet lounge areas, boxwood backdrops, and lucite chuppah with encased florals. A Bloody Mary and smoothie bar starred in plenty of Instagram posts with its unique geometric shelving.   

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | venue: Galleria Marchetti | lighting: Frost Chicago | decor: HMR Desiges | Entertainment: Élan Artists | planning: Reva Nathan | caterer: Entertaining Company

Rosé All Day

photographer: Christy & Co. Photography

This Bat Mitzvah brunch completely won us over with lavish balloon installations, rosé-all-day signage, and photo-worthy catering stations. A coffee station and cereal station made for scrumptious dining, while stylish kiddy cocktails tempted even the adults. Guests received custom to-go coffee cups and Bat Mitzvah-girl approved perfume. 

photographer: Christy & Co. Photography | venue: Pérez Art Museum Miami | florals: Anthology Co. LLC | linens, napkins, rentals: Nuage Designs | specialty rentals: Gilded Group Décor | rentals: Fiction Event | rentals: Chrome Event Furnishing | balloons: Lola’s Signature Events | coffee station: Aroma Espresso | chairs: Bubble | rentals: Ronen Rental Event Furnishings | catering: Starr Events | photo booth: ShutterBox Photo Entertainment | DJ: Kasey Berry | sound & video production: Dyna Event | event styling & planning: Top It Off Designs

Metallics for Daytime

photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography

Chic gold accents — from sleek chairs to complementary flatware — elevated an otherwise-understated dusty blue wedding color palette at this Washington, D.C. celebration, hosted at The Hay Adams. Unique luggage tag place cards added an unexpected element that also doubled as a takeaway gift for brunching guests. 

photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | venue: The Hay Adams | event planner: Evoke Design & Creative | floral: Edge Floral Event Designers | cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Self-Serve Sweet Stations

photographer: Matt Simpkins Photography

What’s a delicious brunch without platters of pastries? The expert team at Tarallucci e Vino Events would agree, which is why they featured plenty of sweet treats at this corporate conference in New York. Mini croissants and fresh fruit, as well as multiple savory options like fluffy scrambled eggs, gave all of the conference-goers ample options throughout the event.

photographer: Matt Simpkins Photography | venue: Tarallucci e Vino Events | venue: Home Studios Inc.

Extra Special Mother’s Day Celebration

photographer: Marcin Cymmer

Brunch and Mother’s Day generally go hand in hand — and this Mother’s Day brunch in Chicago, hosted at The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, had unique details that made it extra special. A green, pink, and teal color palette offered a vibrant spring color palette, and guests enjoyed special dishes and treats from the reputable in-house catering company. 

photographer: Marcin Cymmer | venue and catering: The Estate by Gene & Georgetti | flowers: Flowerville

Rustic & Refined Brunch Spread

photographer: Jen Fujikawa Photography

Breakfast flatbreads, biscuit sandwiches, freshly-baked pastries — this brunch party in Orange County, California was filled with comfort dishes we want to eat. White serving dishes, greenery-filled arrangements, and rustic wood accents complemented the cuisine, which already looked so delicious on its own. 

photography: Jen Fujikawa Photography | caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events

A Family-Style Meal to Encourage Conversation

photos courtesy of Pacific Standard Time

Note to self: large square tables are the new round tables. Pacific Standard Time was the perfect restaurant venue for this intimate brunch event in Chicago. The corporate client chose a floor plan and setup that clearly fostered discussion and conversation, while restaurant staff worked to provide its guests with a delicious and fulfilling breakfast. 

venue: Pacific Standard Time

When Lunch Imitates Art 

photo courtesy of Joy Wallace Catering

It’s nearly impossible to choose our favorite element of this art-inspired corporate luncheon in Miami, but the fresh waffle cone station is high on our list. Guests could then fill their waffle cones with sweet toppings for an epic customizable dessert. Other lunch options included a spud smash bar and a sweet spin station, a creative take on edible art. 

venue: Wynwood Walls | caterer: Joy Wallace Catering | event planner: MC&A

A Brunch That Guests Never Want to Leave

photographer: Amy Nicole Photography

A clear sign of a good time is happy people — especially at a party. This adorable brunch wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia features guests chatting and laughing, while also enjoying delicious brunch cuisine. We imagine the bride and groom also made memories to last a lifetime. 

photographer: Amy Nicole Photography | venue: Red Pump Kitchen

Every Brunch Needs an Instagrammable Moment

photo courtesy of B Floral Event Design and Production

This branded brunch for Frida Baby was hosted at Duryea’s Lobster Deck right on the beach in Montauk. You would have thought the beach would be the focal point, but it was actually a creative and bold floral wall that kept guests’ attention. Click to see more photos from this perfectly-branded brunch event, including the unforgettable Instagrammable element. 

producer: Crush Studio | client: Frida Mom | florals: B Floral Event Design and Production

This DIY Donut Station is Anything but DIY

photographer: From Parris With Love

Guests at this spring luncheon had the chance to choose their own donut toppings at this sleek, modern donut station. Donut towers featured glazed and chocolate donuts just waiting to be decorated, while clear bins of toppings (including what looks like every type of cereal ever created) let guests’ imaginations run wild. 

photographer: From Parris With Love | venue: Central Park Zoo | design/decor: The Style Marc by MWD Lifestyles | rental: Broadway Party Rental | lighting: Frost Productions | entertainment: Jarrell Entertainment | caterer: Neuman’s Kitchen | cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | tent: Stamford Tent

Take Me to the Tropics

The Bali-inspired jewelry line of corporate client John Hardy provided design-forward inspiration for this lush client luncheon. Vibrant orange and fuschia florals popped against clean white linens, keeping with the tropical theme. Guests enjoyed an intimate luncheon, which included remarks from both the CEO and Creative Director of John Hardy. 

photographer: Apotheosis Events | venue: Hamilton Jewelers Pavilions | tent And scenic elements: Napa Event Design | living floral wall: David Beahm Experiences | florals: Fig N Vine | table decor: Apotheosis Events | caterer: Randy Peters Catering | mixologist: The Jungle Bird