The actress reveals how to create a breakfast spread to remember and a great mom hack for getting the kids involved in the kitchen prep too.

Lauren Porter
Dec, 14, 2016

Hosting comes easy to actress and TV personality Tia Mowry-Hardrict, especially when it's time to plan a festive brunch moment to remember.

The Tia Mowry at Home Cooking Channel star shares with ESSENCE the secret to throwing a stress-free holiday brunch for your girls. It involves putting them to work for the sake of making sure everyone has a role, and they're happy.

"What's a great idea for brunch is, everybody loves coffee, right? I like to do coffee carts," the Dunkin Donuts spokesperson shared. "What I mean by that is, I'll lay out all of my coffee essentials on my island and then I'll just put out some different alternatives of milk, so you have soy milk, you have almond milk, you have cream, you have regular milk."

With an assortment of new flavors from the Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series (like Caramel Coffee Cake, Vanilla Cupcake and Chocolate Glazed Donut -- yum!) at her disposal, Mowry-Hardrict insists her guests can make a custom cup of Joe to their liking, which means they'll enjoy each sip that much more.

If having options for all doesn't win you a brunch host of the year award, what will?!

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"With [Dunkin At Home], I came up with this really cool recipe with this caramel coffee cake because I love coffee and if you have a sweet tooth, you can drink your dessert. I'll brew up some of the coffee then I'll add some brown sugar into some milk that's already in a mug and I'll use a milk froster to make it like a latte. Then I'll add some caramel."

Viola!

Even while prepping, the actress and mom has some extra special help in the kitchen to make sure her events always go off without a hitch. 

"I always like to incorporate my son. [He] is always helping in some kind of way," she said of her 5-year-old, Cree. "He's right there helping me. He'll help me pick out some cool, fun straws. I think always coming up with a bright, fun color theme is always great. It just makes it look fresh and inviting. Also, I love to put out fun style jars, so whether that's jars you can put your honey in or your sugar in, again, I think this makes the environment welcoming and warm and inviting and then it gets your guests engaged. Again, they're doing some of the work. It's not like you're fixing and preparing all of their coffee so it takes a lot of the load off of you. I like to do stuff where guests can make their own whatever it is."

Here's to hosting for the people!