Entertaining is not something I do often. We have five small children, my husband works most evenings, and we run Blessed Roots Farm in our “spare” time. Whatever down time we do have, we like to spend together. But, occasionally we have the opportunity, or make the time, to have guests.
While having people over for dinner doesn’t usually work for us, I have found that hosting a brunch works beautifully. Many of the dishes can be made ahead of time, the kids don’t have the entire day to undo all of the cleaning you did the night before, and guests appreciate not having to give up their evening or worry about what to do with tired kids at bedtime. If you are on a tighter budget, brunch is usually less expensive to host than dinner.
Use this menu for a baby shower, a wedding shower, a birthday celebration, or just because. As the holiday season approaches, bless your friends with a relaxing morning of yummy food and refreshing fellowship.
I personally think a brunch buffet should have a mix of sweet and savory, breakfast and lunch. Here is my formula for a beautiful make-ahead (or buy ahead if that is more your style :)) brunch spread:
- Egg Dish – This could be an egg casserole, a baked french toast, or a quiche. Make it the day before and either bake it or warm it up in the morning.
- Fresh Vegetables and Dip – Healthy and easy. Make a homemade dip like this Ranch Dip.
- Sweet Breads – Muffins, coffee cake, bread, breakfast cookies, sweet rolls – whatever your specialty.
- Yogurt with Homemade Granola and Berries – A simple station with vanilla yogurt, fresh or dried berries and crunchy granola. Perhaps even some maple glazed nuts. Just be sure you have a stack of little cups or bowls for guests.
- Fresh Fruit – This could be a fruit salad, a tray of orange wedges, or chocolate covered strawberries – something in season.
- Meat and Cheese – You know your guests – this can be fancy shmancy for the grown-ups or cubes of cheddar for the small ones.
- Crackers and Dip – A baked Spinach and Artichoke dip is always a favorite, but anything goes!
- Dessert – I tend to think that any time you entertain there should be chocolate involved. Around the holidays, add Christmas cookies or candies.
- Coffee and Tea – Have a fresh pot of coffee brewing when your guests arrive, and a tea station with hot water and several options of tea bags. Make sure you have cream, sugar, milk and honey as well. Hot chocolate is also lovely in the cooler months.
- Juice – Orange juice is always good, but cranberry is nice this time of year as well.
So, pick a day, invite your friends, tidy up the main floor, shut the bedroom doors, and enjoy your brunch!
What are your favorite brunch recipes? Leave a link in the comments so I can go check it out!
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