Us Champagne Brunch kids. We’re an eclectic group. We enjoy sports. We enjoy good food and a lil’ alcohol. We have fun. Whether that be staying in all night at the designated brunch house for the week or traipsing around the city when we know we probably shouldn’t be.
We’re a fun group of people. A little weird. But fun.
Fun enough to where my friends from far away places (or St. Louis) ask to join in.
Enter Laura’s visit.
Granted, I hope she really came to see me, but if she came solely for the party… well… I can’t really blame her.
However, before she dives into the madness that is Champagne Brunch (and yes, it is capitalized on purpose because it is a proper name of an event), I thought maybe I should go over a few things to prep her mentally and physically.
1. Get sleep. You will need it because there is a really good chance Saturday night end at 4:00 or 5:00 am and Sunday morning starts at 9:00 am.
Laura didn’t get to my place until 10ish after a 5-hour drive AFTER an 8-hour work day. So we decided it was in our best interest to settle in for the night with some dvr and wine.
*The boys in this group often do not follow this rule. Apparently something in the male anatomy makes them sort of dumb and think they can come out victorious after all is said and done. Again, this is dumb because that never happens.
2. Get in a workout the morning of. Usually, Saturday mornings are reserved for my half marathon training long runs. I switched it up a bit because I wasn’t about to drag Laura along on a 9-mile trek (that’s being a rude hostess). So I did the long run the night before (it got cut to 7.3 instead of 9- eh) and we opted for a mile jog and a long walk around the neighborhood.
We also incorporated weights into the workout by carrying bottles of champagne home from the grocery store.
Workout of champions.
3. Dependent on the start time of champagne brunch that week, eat a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ after your workout and before the party. You need to refuel and boys are never on time. So plan to eat an hour or two later than they say you will.
4. Be a good host. This doesn’t just allude to the food and drinks served at game time. This also includes, but is not limited to, enforcing the no drinking and driving rule. Which means there will be people scattered about your living room on a Sunday morning. Offer them coffee and pancakes (because you’d look selfish just stuffing your face in front of them). Also, a nice spread of bottled water and advil works nicely.
*This rule really isn’t for out-of-town guests. I don’t know why I said it.
5. Start slow. It’s a long day. Sip the champagne, don’t tip the bottle.
If you do fault on this rule, however, us brunchers don’t judge. We’ve all made the rookie mistake. It’s ok. But we do reserve the right to shove a bottle of water in your face.
6. Fourth meal is a MUST. Timing of when it happens also is dependent on timing of the start of brunch. Expect it to be somewhere in the span of midnight to 4:00 am. Expect it to be necessary and don’t expect it to be healthy. My personal favorites include pizza and/or chicken enchiladas.
7. Wear cute socks and comfy shoes. Cute socks for if the weather is bad and you have to roam the brunch house without shoes. No one appreciates your big toe saying hello out of the massive hole in your sock.
Comfy shoes are often for the Champagne Brunch “after party”. Again, this could happen at the brunch house or out in public (strongly advise against this last option). You will most likely be dancing. In a large group. You don’t know how to dance. But again, we don’t judge. Let your freak flag fly. What happens during Champagne Brunch stays in Champagne Brunch.
And I think that’s about it. Have fun. Be careful. Enjoy your Saturday!