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Creative Brunch Ideas

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This guide will walk you through creative brunch menu ideas, tips, and the best brunch recipes to serve to your guests without getting stressed out and loosing your mind!

Going to a restaurant for brunch is tradition in some families, while others prefer to skip the lines and inflated prices by serving brunch at home.

Creative Brunch Menu Ideas graphic with images of egg casserole, fruit salad, egg and asparagus pizza, apple cake and blood orange mimosas in champagne flutes.

What is Brunch?

Brunch is a meal served late morning to early afternoon, generally between 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, that consists of breakfast foods, lunch foods, or a combination of both.

We usually think of brunch primarily for Easter, Mother’s Day, bridal or baby showers, and Christmas. With some simple planning you can use these brunch menu ideas to serve a delicious brunch any time of year.

What is a typical brunch menu?

Some classic brunch ideas would include; breakfast burrito, cinnamon rolls, Eggs Benedict, Omelet, Pancakes, Quiche, scones, scrambled eggs, granola, fresh fruit, and French toast. You would also expect to be served a cocktail or mocktail.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with tradition, I just thought we could get a bit more creative and give our guests something to talk about.

Tips for hosting the perfect brunch

Are you a control-freak that wants to prepare every meal yourself, or would you like some help from your guests? Even if you prefer to do it all yourself, people love to be included. If they ask to bring something, let them! Have some simple ideas in mind like fresh bagels or pastries from a bakery. This frees up your time to concentrate on the main food items.

Plan your menu in advance

This is not the time to wing it, figure out your menu and write everything down two weeks in advance if possible. Do you have enough oven space for the items that you would like to make? What can be made in advance? You do not want 3 separate dishes needing to cook at different temperatures at the same time. Don’t worry, I have recipe suggestions coming up below.

Shop for everything you need ahead of time

Read through your recipes and write down e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that you will need. Now go through your pantry and refrigerator and check out what you already have on hand.

Go to the grocery store a day or two before your planned brunch. This gives you time to run out again the day before if you forgot something…because you will forget something, that’s just how life works.

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Formal or casual?

You also need to decide in advance whether you are using your fine china or paper plates. Obviously, paper will be much easier to clean up. It is completely up to you and your overall theme which way to go. If you are having more than 6 people or a lot of kids, paper is far less stressful.

Set everything up the day before

Do you have enough plates, glasses, silverware? How about pitchers or coffee mugs? You do not want to be searching your basement the morning of your brunch for casserole dishes or serving utensils. I actually set all of my serving dishes in their designated spots to make sure I don’t forget anything, and also to make sure everything fits.

Serve brunch buffet-style

By placing all of the food on a buffet cabinet or counter top, you allow your guests to choose the items that they want, which means less waste, and it frees you up from having to serve everyone one-by-one.

Start with your plates at one end, followed by main dishes, side dishes, salads, pastries, etc. Then place the utensils and napkins at the end. A multi-tier platter helps to save on space as well as add visual interest and separate different foods.

Set -up a beverage station

Whether you are creating a dedicated bar cart, or a simply placing all of the beverages on a separate table, it helps with traffic flow and avoids spills if they are kept separate from the food. It also allows your guests to create their own special drink all on their own so you can enjoy a cocktail yourself.

Brunch recipe ideas

The recipes below are some of our family favorites that are easy to prepare and always delicious. Remember to include at least one egg dish, one meat dish, fresh fruit, something sweet and a special drink. Appetizers and salads are also nice to have for variety and something to tide people over as they arrive.

Do not think that you need to include every recipe listed, these are just ideas to help you create the perfect brunch menu.

Appetizers

These recipes are pretty much expected to be served and thankfully can be made a day ahead of time.

Main Dishes

You could also bake a couple of batches of bacon and sausage ahead of time and reheat right before serving.

Side Dishes

These easy to make salads can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Something Sweet

All of these recipes can be made a day or two in advance and stored in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Something to Drink

You are looking for something light, refreshing and easy to make. Brunch is not the time for blender drinks!! Pitchers of pre-made punch, or a Mimosa Bar with different juices and chilled champagne are far less stressful and people can serve themselves.

Enjoy yourself!

Just because you are hosting the brunch does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself. The more relaxed that you are, the more relaxed your guests will be. They want to enjoy your company, not just watch you act as a chef in the kitchen.

Plan in advance, prep everything that you can in advance and enjoy!!

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