DIY an Upscale Brunch Buffet for the Ultimate Cocktail Gathering

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Going out to brunch might be the quintessential weekend morning activity, but there's something uniquely fulfilling (not to mention extra celebratory) about hosting your crew in your home for a DIY brunch buffet.

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To ensure the event feels as upscale as brunching in your favorite restaurant, two elements are key: Thoughtful decor and delicious cocktails.

On the cocktail front, a Bombay Brunch and Tonic fits the mood perfectly, with the refreshing botanicals of Bombay Sapphire combining with the cheerful tartness of fresh grapefruit juice for a boozy sip that's a level up from your run-of-the-mill mimosa.

For the decor, scroll down to shop six hosting must-haves for taking your at-home brunch from basic to brilliant.

Bombay Brunch and Tonic

  • 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 5 oz premium tonic water
  • Grapefruit wheel, for garnish

Fill a balloon glass with ice, add Bombay, grapefruit juice and tonic, and stir well. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel, and enjoy.

Hotel Round Tablecloth, $49.95

Nothing says upscale dining experience like a white table cloth, and because this one is made with durable, sateen woven cotton, you'll be able to use it again and again.

Marble + Brass 2-Tier Cake Stand, $45.00

For a guest-wowing brunch, presentation is everything. Stack mini quiches and crustless sandwiches on these marble serving trays and your buffet setup will be as ​chef's kiss​ as the food.

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Bouqs Sugar Rush, $49+

What's more classic than floral centerpieces for brunch? Place a few of these show-stopping bouquets in colored glass vases around the table, and mix in bowls of fresh citrus for some added zest.

Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins, Set of 6, $35.00

Cheeky paper cocktail napkins are the star of happy hour, but for this a.m. affair, elevate each place setting with a linen cocktail napkin in a whimsical hue (they come in 21 different colors!).

Marble Place Card Holders/Cheese Markers, Set of 4, $19.95

These versatile marble place card holders can be used for labeling foods on the buffet table or for personalizing each guest's place setting.

12 Piece Sugar Tongs, $15.98

Allow guests to help themselves by setting out these miniature golden tongs alongside the food.With a display this nice, you know they'll be coming back for seconds.

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