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Hosting brunch doesn’t have to be stressful. Keep the menu and recipes simple so you can slow down and catch up with friends and family. Extend it over a 3-course meal with small plates to keep the conversation going for hours.
Combining the first two meals of the day leaves you with options for breakfast and lunch – yum! Keeping it light with little bites and fresh fruit allow guests to eat without overfilling themselves. Here’s how to get started:
1. First Course: Croissants and Salad
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and warm croissants for up to 5-minutes. Toss a fresh salad with seasonal goodies, like spinach, strawberries and feta for summer or green apple slices and Gorgonzola for colder months.
2. Second Course: Main Meal
This is the best time to introduce sandwiches and small plates. By providing 2-3 options, guests can choose what they like best. Here are a few suggestions:
Mini Pancake Muffins: Simply pour pre-mixed pancake batter into a mini muffin dish and bake at 425 degrees for 8-9 minutes. Get the recipe.
Cheese & Bacon Hash Brown Cups: Hash browns, bacon and cheese? Yes please! Short on time? Simplify the recipe by substituting frozen hash browns for grated potatoes. Get the full recipe.
Apple Cheddar Waffle Paninis: You can use frozen waffles or make fresh ones from scratch. With a little mustard, maple syrup, cheddar cheese and apples, everyone will be going back for seconds. Get the recipe.
Quick Quiche: In a bowl, mix eggs, milk and 1 cup cheese. Once cooked, jazz it up with scallions sprinkled on top. Get the recipe.
3. Third Course: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Set out a large bowl of Greek yogurt and a few small bowls of granola, fresh berries, honey, graham cracker crumbles and other sweetly satisfying toppings.
Small bowls or ramekins will encourage guest to self-serve. Want to get fancy? Pair it with a scoop of homemade chocolate hazelnut spread in a pretty serving dish with small vanilla cookies for dipping.
Brunch Table Setting
The less work you have to do while your guests are there, the better. Creating self-serving brunch also makes the guests feel more at home. Here are some basics to set your brunch up for success:
- Have the dishes stacked next to a pile of crisp napkins.
- Set out coffee mugs on a separate table with access to the coffee pot, creamer, sugar and stirring sticks.
- Have water glasses or small bottles of water easily available.
- Pre-make a drink mix of your choice or leave out orange juice. Three drink options (water, coffee, juice) should be sufficient.
- Pick up some pastries, like donuts, and offer them on a beautiful tiered stand.
- Add the final touch with fresh flowers.
Now let yourself enjoy it as much as your guests will! Have you had a brunch that your friends and family gushed over? Share your ideas on our Facebook page.