The holidays are approaching quickly.
Having family and friends over is so much fun during the holidays or any time for that matter. Let’s get honest though. Hosting can be stressful too.
Being a hostess can be a lot of work, especially if you are not prepared. Having a plan can make hosting a brunch so much more fun and relaxing.
You may be thinking, “Cynthia, I have never hosted a holiday brunch before. I don’t know what to do.” Don’t worry, I am going to walk you through it. I will even share some great recipes you can make.
Here are a few tips on planning your menu, getting organized, setting up your buffet and a few recipes that your guests will love.
How to host a holiday brunch
1.) Plan your menu
- Plan your menu at least a week prior to your brunch
- Plan on 3 portions of entrees and baked goods per guest
- Plan on 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetables per guest
- Think about dishes that can be made the day before (see recipes below)
- Keep your menu simple
2.) Get organized
- Set the table the night before your brunch (you can even do this a couple days prior)
- Have separate areas for plates/napkins/silverware, beverages, main dishes, sweets)
- Consider if you are going casual (paper plates, etc) or if you are going with the good china
- Shop the day before (or earlier)
- If you have to bake or cook the day of the brunch, get all of your ingredients measured and ready the night before.
3.) Set up your brunch
- Make sure you have a variety of beverages, juice, coffee, tea and mimosas (if your guest drink alcohol)
- Make sure a few of the items are hot from the oven.
- Do you have any bakery items? If you don’t have time to make them, purchase a few
- Have some fresh fruit or a vegetable platter (purchase these to save time and stress)
- Keep your colors bright. Fill bright coffee cups with flowers that you purchased days ago. Mix up your dishes (this helps if you don’t have a lot of one pattern)
Here are a few recipes that will make your guests happy and will let you enjoy your holiday brunch.
- Whole Wheat Biscuits
- Apple cinnamon oatmeal bread
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries
- Lavender Tea Bread
- Pumpkin Cranberry Mini Muffins
- Homemade Citrus Sweet Rolls
- Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Banana, Peanut Butter and Coconut Bread
Eggs or Main dish recipes
- Picante Omelete Pie
- Italian Sausage Strata (prepare the night before)
- Frittata (Fri-Tot-Ta made with Tater Tots)
- French Toast
- Grilled Vegetable Frittata
- Asparagus Quiche
- Chocolate Waffles
Prepare before recipes
- Cinnamon Chip Scones (can be made ahead)
- Mixed Berry Cheesecake
- Clean eating Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (make ahead)
If you have a guest ask what they can bring, be honest. Is there something lacking in your menu? Do they make a dish they are famous for and you know others would love it? When all else fails, ask them to bring bread or a bottle of their favorite champaign.
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