Tips And Recipes For Hosting Terrific Brunches
Brunches Are Terrific for Any Occasion
Hosting a brunch is easy and fun - it's the perfect time of day to share terrific food with friends and family. Here, you'll discover exciting tips, recipes and theme ideas that will give a little extra boost to any casual or formal brunch setting.
Menu suggestions are also featured for small-to-large gatherings and for casual-to-formal occasions. Start your planning here and become the best ever brunch host around.
Top Five Reasons For Hosting Terrific Brunches
- Hosting a brunch is fun!
- Brunches are terrific for any occasion
- Set a theme and create your own brunch traditions
- Brunches can range from casual to formal
- You can serve any type of food for a brunch
A Taste of Brunch History
As you can imagine, the first brunch was invented to provide a repast for late-night party revelers. It was decidedly a European invention with records showing a rise in this affair in the late 1800s. Credit is given to Mr. Guy Beringer, a Brit who wrote an article titled "Brunch: A Plea" for the publication, Hunter's Weekly.
Others suggest that while the word "brunch" may have arisen in 1985, the concept lies with the crafty French of earlier generations. Some insist that they captured the spirit of this cure for hangovers while being fashionably decadent before anyone else.
By the 1930s, Americans had eventually realized the value of having a blend of breakfast and lunch, typically much closer to the mid-day meal.
Best Ever Five Days of the Year to Hold a Brunch
- Mother's Day
The "Mother" of all days to hold a brunch, of course!
- Any Sunday
Always on Sunday - it's just the perfect time.
Of course, church first (if you go) and then it's time to eat.
- New Year's Day
The perfect time to not have to get up early to prepare a breakfast.
- The "Day After"
Plan a brunch on the day after any event that runs late into the night. That includes weddings, anniversaries, graduation, etc.
The Best Brunch Hosting Ideas - How to Put on a Perfect Spread
- Ideas for Brunch Hosts
How to host the perfect brunch
Best Brunch Tips Ever
--Planning to host a brunch as an annual affair? Try including a new and adventurous dish each time. Of course, you'll want to try it out first, but find something unusual or exotic that will leave your guests with something to talk about long after the brunch is over.
--Make use of those pedestals - they're wonderful for placing lighter weight foods, such as muffins and pastries.
--Set up items "pre-sliced." That way guests can taste without having to take a whole portion if desired. This includes quiches and even pastries.
--Include a variety of "specialty dishes," including those for vegetarians and those who may be on diets. Include low-fat, low-carb and sugar-free offerings.
--Don't invite more guests than you can seat around tables. This is not an appetizer-style affair and it's so much nicer when guests can "spread out" a little with drink glasses and silverware.
--Go with a buffet if you want to invite a larger crowd. And be sure that seating is together; don't ever stick guests away from the center of action or the main group, unless it's extremely casual and the guests know each other well.
Brunch Menu Ideas
Here, you'll find a few recipe lists to spark ideas for any size brunch.
The key to a great brunch is, of course, the food! Below, you'll find a few menu suggestions for any size and type of brunch from casual to formal.
A basic rule of thumb? Here's a quick rundown.
-Always think savory and sweet. If you're more daring, go with some spicy and tart items, too.
-A general rule of thumb for selecting foods:
---Choose one meat and/or one fish dish
---Add an egg dish as your main course (which can include the meat)
---Select 1-3 sides
---Include bread/muffin mixes
---Include sweets, especially fruits (those in season are best)
Menu Ideas for a Small, Casual Brunch
-1 meat and/or 1 fish
-1 egg dish (with/without meat)
Menu Suggestions for a Smaller Casual Brunch
-Handmade sausage patties (flavored)
-OR specialty sausage pigs in a blanket
-Pre-made hash browns
-Grilled sweet potato rounds
A formal small brunch menu plan
-Plank smoked salmon
-Eggs Benedict (always a classic)
-Or crispy duck with crepes
-In-season berries with cream
A formal brunch is usually catered. Here are a few tips on selecting a caterer for any occasion.
Brunch menu plan for a crowd
Feed a Bunch with this Brunch!
-Glazed ham (basic pineapple/brown sugar glaze)
-Muffin mix/Coffee cake
-Herb Roasted New Potatoes
If You Could Choose One Brunch Day...
Which is your favorite brunch day?
Individual Egg Dish with Handle
From Pillivuyt, individual egg dishes can go into the oven or the microwave. They're not just for eggs!
Best Breakfast Foods for Brunch
Breakfast foods are good anytime and you can mix them with other types of meals for a great brunch. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Best Easter Brunch Ideas & Recipes
Amazon Brunch Cookbooks - Brunch Cookbooks Worth Drooling Over
Straight from New York's Five Points Restaurant, you can discover new ideas for turning an ordinary brunch into a true feast for two or a crowd.
A wonderful addition from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) with basic recipes that are always a good foundation for brunch.
Plate up a heaping batch of bacon for brunch.
Best Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
Treat Mom to a brunch she'll never forget!
Countdown to the Best Mother's Day Brunch
Ideas that will really make Mom feel special!
-Start a tradition of a Mother's Day scrapbook. Take pictures of your special brunch and add to it each year.
-If you're going to grill for brunch, think about adding flavored wood chips for an extra special taste.
-Bring Mom a red carnation arrangement for the brunch table - they're the official Mother's Day flower!
-A mimosa will really sparkle at a Mother's Day brunch. Dress it up with fresh strawberries on the side.
Great Graduation Brunch Recipes
Graduation Brunch Ideas - Hosting a graduation brunch can be easy if you plan well ahead.
A graduation brunch is a great way to honor someone special (or if you're the grad - giving yourself a pat on the back - you deserve it!). Here are a few quick tips to make this event go smoothly.
- A grad brunch is one of the times when you can consider a buffet. (Unless you're planning a formal setting, of course.)
- Think about a mix of items - some made ahead, some purchased, and some you throw together the day of.
- Prepare only things you already are familiar with - this is not the time to experiment.
- Make lists: for the week before, the day before and same-day. This will include shopping and a timeline for prep and cooking.
- If you're going casual, consider splurging on nice paper or plastic goods. If you're the host and know your guests well, they'll know you don't want to deal with much cleanup afterward.