How To Host A Very Special Brunch For A Very Special Occasion

It’s early morning and the sun is shining! You’ve got the whole day ahead of you and, of course, you want to make it memorable. Enter brunch.

Because it’s early in the day, most of your guests will have the time slot free, and they’re sure to appreciate a hearty meal to keep them going throughout the day. Best of all, you can plan ahead to serve food that only looks difficult. The best brunch dishes are easy to prepare in advance, so you can enjoy the party just like everyone else. With a few carefully considered decorations and recipes, your brunch is sure to make you look like the Martha Stewart of your inner circle. Here’s how to get started:

Planning Your Brunch Menu

Because brunch is typically a late morning meal, it spans the gap between breakfast and lunch. Typically, brunch buffets offer a spread of sweet pastries and savory dishes. This helps cover all the bases and please those hoping for a breakfast as well as guests who came with an appetite for heartier fare. Choose at least one recipe from the following categories for a well-rounded menu that guarantees to please all parties – and their palates, too.

Beverages

Coffee is a brunch must. It’s cheaper than you might expect to invest in a large urn to avoid having to make a fresh pot every 15 minutes. It’s also easy to keep a kettle or urn of hot water available for tea; a table stocked with tea bags, sugar, honey, cream, and other accoutrements will keep everyone happy. It’s also typical to offer a festive drink: A Mimosa punch is easy to make and allows guests to serve themselves. For another fun option, set up a Bloody Mary Bar. Offer a variety of garnish choices (think celery stalks, olives, Sriracha, pearl onions and crispy bacon) and let your guests build their own.

Sweet Dishes

Instead of worrying about flipping pancakes or repeatedly refilling a waffle iron, choose a decadent selection of pastries from a local bakery and arrange them artfully on a platter. Great choices include lemon bars, chocolate croissants, and miniature fruit tarts. If children will be in attendance, donut holes of various flavors are sure to be a hit. It’s also a good idea to have some plain popovers, buttermilk biscuits, and a selection of jams available. For an extra pop of color and healthier option, include a bountiful fresh fruit platter.

Savory Dishes

Egg dishes are great choices for brunch, and when you can prepare them in advance, you’re ahead of the game. A quiche is a classic choice, but you can defy expectations by making a much easier frittata. These are like crust-less quiches, so they’re quick to make and can be served at room temperature. A tomato, scallion, and cheddar frittata is a classic choice, but ham, bacon, onions, asparagus, and broccoli also make excellent fillings. Make several ahead of time with different fillings, and guests can try a slice of each.

Setting the Table

To encourage your guests to mingle and chat, a brunch buffet is usually the best solution — and you’ll get to spend more time socializing and less time serving. Place salad plates, napkins, and utensils on both ends of a large buffet table for easier access. Savory dishes can be placed in the middle of the table, flanked by a platter of pastries and a platter of fresh fruit. If space allows, set up a beverage bar on a smaller table nearby to keep traffic flowing and to allow for easy refills throughout the event. If the weather is warm enough, set up some tables and chairs in your backyard, too. Your guests will loving having the option to sit outdoors in between going back and forth for seconds!

Decorating for Brunch

The only decor you need for a classic spring brunch? Fresh flowers. A simple way to create an ultra-lush buffet table is to purchase inexpensive grocery store bouquets in coordinating colors. Add a shabby-chic touch by dividing the flowers into pint-sized mason jars. Be sure to cut the stems so the flowers fit well. Make one flower jar per guest and place them along your buffet and beverage tables. When brunch is finished, you’ll be able to send friends and family home with a lovely favor that will brighten their homes.

Choosing simple ingredients and elegant decorations makes putting together the perfect brunch a breeze. By preparing everything ahead of time, you’ll be able to leave the kitchen and join the party. After all, spending time with the people you care about is the very best part of hosting a special brunch.

Mimosa Punch
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  • 2 quarts Orange Juice
  • 2 liter Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 Orange sliced
  • Fresh Strawberries sliced
  • 750 ml Champagne chilled
  • Ice Cubes
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  • 2 quarts Orange Juice
  • 2 liter Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 Orange sliced
  • Fresh Strawberries sliced
  • 750 ml Champagne chilled
  • Ice Cubes
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  1. Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl and serve.
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Classic Bloody Mary
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  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Prepared Horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery Salt
  • 1 pinch Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • Celery Salt for rim of glass
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  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Prepared Horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery Salt
  • 1 pinch Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • Celery Salt for rim of glass
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  1. Pour some celery salt onto a small plate.
  2. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass.
  3. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside.
  4. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.
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Tomato, Scallion and Cheddar Frittata
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Tomato, Scallion and Cheddar Frittata
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  • 1 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch Scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Grape Tomatoes
  • 8 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Grated Cheddar
  • Coarse Salt
  • Ground Pepper
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  • 1 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch Scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Grape Tomatoes
  • 8 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Grated Cheddar
  • Coarse Salt
  • Ground Pepper
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high.
  3. Add scallions and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook about 5 minutes.
  4. Add eggs and cheese, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  5. Cook, undisturbed, until edges are set, about 2 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until top of frittata is just set, 10 to 13 minutes.
  6. Invert or slide frittata onto a plate and cut into 6 wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Easy Vegan Pancakes
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Light, fluffy and delicious, include a spread of fresh fruits for your guests to use as toppings on these pancakes.
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsps White Sugar
  • 2 tsps Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Blueberries Optional
  • Vegan Maple Syrup Optional
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  • 1 1/4 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsps White Sugar
  • 2 tsps Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Blueberries Optional
  • Vegan Maple Syrup Optional
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  1. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Whisk the water and oil together in a small bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet. Stir just until blended; mixture will be lumpy.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Serve with blueberries and vegan maple syrup.
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