For the past couple months My Man and I have been joining a few other couples out for brunch on Sundays and we have been loving it. Especially during busy season, when we don’t have a lot of time or energy to devote to activities with friends, it’s a great way to get out of the house and catch up with our friends. Plus, we get to try new brunch spots and brunch is usually a little friendlier on the wallet than, say, dinner and a movie. But, now that it’s starting to warm up and busy season is over, I’m excited to host our little brunch club at our house. So here are my brunch club essentials…
First things first: Mimosas
Can I just say I am the last person to booze it up. Ever. I rarely drink anymore, but I make an exception for mimosas. They are just the best. Plus, this is usually a splurge when you’re at the restaurant and no one orders it, so it’s a special treat! I love the idea of a little mimosa bar where you can pick out different juice flavors.
2. Something Sweet
Waffle Bar – I love me some waffles topped with fresh fruit. I think a toppings bar is a great way to make sure everyone can top theirs however they want. You can make it healthy with berries, bananas and nuts or add some chocolate chips or spread on some Nutella for a sweet treat.
French Toast Kebabs – These are the perfect little bite-sized amount of french toast! One thing I love about having a brunch party instead of going to a restaurant is that you can have a little bite of a few different things and you aren’t confined to one huge omelet.
Breakfast Cakes, Muffins or Breads – An easy make ahead and portable option is any kind of breakfast cake or muffin. This Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake looks amazing.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait Bar – A lighter option for those wanting some healthier choices.
3. Savory Staples
Quiche – Quiche is something that isn’t even on the menu at a lot of places and when it is, it’s usually not done well (at least that’s my experience). You can make one whole quiche for everyone to share or individual mini quiches are great too. This tomato basil quiche from Annie’s Eats looks yummy!
Bacon-Wrapped Smokies – These are a yummy, guilty pleasure. They don’t look like much, but they are so good! Plus what is brunch without bacon??
Potatoes – As we say in the midwest, it’s not a meal without meat and potatoes. My mom used to make these potatoes on the stove, but you can make them in the oven too. They’re best when they’re crispy on the outside!
4. Fun Flowers
Not technically an essential, but they do make your table look festive, don’t they?
5. Keep it Simple
Try not to go overboard so you can still enjoy the time with your friends or family! Plan on making dishes that you can make ahead or don’t have to check on throughout the morning/day. Make it a pitch in, so each person only has to worry about one dish and the work isn’t all on one person.
What are your favorite brunch tips and recipes??
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