Brunch Party

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Throw a brunch party this weekend!

We don’t know about you, but the “no booze just juice” January thing is getting a bit old. Finally, the long and cold first month of the New Year is coming to an end and you might be able to convince your health-conscious friends to come out and play. Pay day, yay day — bring on the booze and waffles! What better way to celebrate than to throw a fabulous brunch party with your best mates!

Wildfox have cooked up some truly amazing ideas of what you could serve at your brunch party at the weekend. Waffle maker & cocktail shaker at the ready — below are their most yumptious recipes for fresh, hot waffles with syrup & berries and the prettiest pastel cocktails infused with pink rose and purple lavender. Boozy brunch indeed.

Of course, you want to be wearing something comfy but cute whilst hosting your brunch. Who needs restrictive clothes when throwing an informal food fest at home? Whether it’s you and your girly friends lounging around in oversized jumpers and sweat pants or just you and your fluffy friend relaxing in sleepwear with a late breakfast, Wildfox Couture’s Barbie Dreamhouse Resort Collection and their Sleepwear pieces will provide you with the perfect outfit for a perfectly lazy afternoon. Wildfox is available online at Wildfox Couture UK or Asos or in store at Harrods, Selfridges and at select local boutiques near you.

Here are the things that should not be missing from your brunch party: coffee (lots of it), cocktails, juice, croissants, pastry (the more colourful, the better), bacon & eggs, berries & fresh fruit and lots of colourful flowers for decoration. Stack mismatching vintage plates and cups to create your own cake or sandwich stand. Time to get the invites out!

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Sweet Treat Breakfast: Waffle Bar Brunch

Ingredients:
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
butter, syrup, fresh berries, chocolate for serving

Method:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat the waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waflle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup. Fresh berries and broken up chocolate make perfect waffle toppings!

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Drinks Fit for a Doll: Pastel Babe Bar

Apothecary’s Cardamom Rose Cocktail

Ingredients:
4 cl Hendrick’s gin (this is a rose & cucumber infused gin)
2 cl of rose syrup (make at home with rose water and simple syrop or buy locally)
1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
2 cl of fresh grapefruit juice (ruby red preferably)
2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters (Peychaud is credited with first creating the cocktail)
1 cardamom pod

Method:
Lightly muddle 1 cardamom pod at the bottom of shaker (not too much muddling or it will overpower the drink)
Add the rest of the ingredients
Add ice
Shake for 20 seconds
Strain over fresh ice to remove the cardamom pod
Add a splash of sparkling water
Garnish with rose petals or fresh lemon

Couture Craft’s Lavender Cocktail

Ingredients:
4 cl Jensens Bermondsey Gin
2 cl fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lavender syrup (method below)
90 ml sparkling water
sprig of lavender for garnish

To make the lavender syrup:
1 cup water
3 tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender flowers
2 cups of sugar

Method:
First, to make the lavender syrup, bring water and lavender to the boil in a saucepan, using a wooden spoon stir in sugar until it is completely dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool with the lavender, once cooled strain flowers away. This will store for 1 week in the fridge.
To make the Lavender Collins, transfer all ingredients except the sparkling water into a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into a long glass full of ice. Top up with the sparkling water and a sprig of lavender to decorate.

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