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Brunch Party Ideas
Spring time is finally upon us and what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than to host an event in your home? My personal favorite is planning a brunch for my closest family and friends. A meal is not usually considered brunch if it is started before 10 am;
such meals would still be considered breakfast. Typically brunch is had
at between 11 am and 1 pm, close to lunch time but still before. This gives you a perfect amount of time to prepare before your guests arrival and it isn't too late to clean up after they leave.
Getting Your House Prepared
Having a clean home always makes a lasting impression when you have people over. I always try to do a deep cleaning of my home the night prior. This way, I will only have to tidy up and make sure my house is smelling fantastic.
I was just recently introduced to Scentsy. A good friend of mine got me a warmer for Christmas with two different candle bars. I'll usually turn it on about 20 minutes before I think someone is going to come over. I'll pick the scent that I think most people will enjoy and of course make them hungry when they walk in!
I'll also make sure there is nothing obstructive in the biggest traffic area. This is generally the path from the front door to the dining room table. I like to put a rug down so my carpet doesn't get matted or smashed down. I'll move any tables, chairs, or other furniture that may get in the way and clean them off according to who is coming over and if they are bringing small children or animals.
Setting the mood is so important to me. I like to play soft blues and jazz music. I'll also replace the light bulb in one of my lamps with a colored light bulb! It really contrasts with the bright fluorescent lighting and brings a perfect harmony in the room.
Getting the Food Prepared
One of my favorite things to do for a Brunch party is the menu and preparing the food. Biscuits and gravy is almost always a huge hit. its hearty, full of flavor and will leave anyone satisfied!
Recipe for Super Sausage Gravy!
- 1 pound Bob Evans® Original Recipe Sausage Roll
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 8 prepared biscuits
- Crumble and cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned. Stir in flour until dissolved. Gradually stir in milk. Cook gravy until thick and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot over biscuits. Refrigerate leftovers.
For something to satisfy the sweet tooth I'll make a french toast casserole! It takes a little longer to prep for and cook, but so worth it!
Recipe for French Toast Casserole!
- 5 cups bread cubes
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup white sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon margarine, softened
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter an 8x8 inch baking pan.
- Line bottom of pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. pour egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand for 10 minutes.
- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50 minutes, until top is golden.
We do love having mimosas to wash down the sweet and heartiness of our meals.
Instead of using champagne we using a sparkling wine.
For a little spicy kick I'll make a tamale pie! It's a great way to enjoy the breakfast food grits in combination with one of my all time lunch favorites, the tamale! I'll add avocado and jalapeno to mine for additional flavors, but here is recipe your friends and family will surely love!
Recipe for Wake Me Up Tamale Pie!
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
- 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
- 5 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 envelope chili seasoning
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 cups cooked grits (prepared with butter and salt)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
- 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the corn, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili seasoning, sugar, garlic powder, basil and oregano. Cook and stir until heated through; keep warm.
- Spread half of the grits in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chili powder. Top with beef mixture and cheese. Pipe remaining grits around edge of dish; sprinkle with remaining chili powder.
- Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Another one of my most favorite dishes at anytime of day, but because of the contents I serve it a brunch party each time is chicken and waffles! It's as simple as making some waffles and fried chicken!!
A really, really great idea is to have small bowls of cut up fruit on the table along with your other foods. That way, if someone wants to try a bit of everything they can cleanse their pallet with a piece of fresh fruit. It also provides a way of bringing color to the table!
Becoming the Perfect Host/Hostess
Who doesn't like to be talked about in a positive manner? When you throw a brunch party that leaves your friends and family talking for days and asking when your hosting the next one, you know you've done a great job!
One of our favorite things to do in my home is play games. It's a really great way to get everyone involved. If you have more than 5 - 10 guests a fantastic way of getting, and keeping, the interest of everyone is to make up your own tournaments. Here are a few ideas.
The Nerf Gun "Hot" Challenge-
Invest in a nerf gun that comes with six sticky darts. In your kitchen, make sure there is plenty of space, and move your microwave to the center of a counter. Standing about ten feet in front of it have everyone couple up and take a turn shooting the six darts at the center window. Out of the couples, whomever gets the most darts within the window to stick, moves onto the next round. When you are down to just two players that have averaged the highest stick points they face off in a 20 count challenge. The person who gets the most out of 20 wins!
(Please refrain from shooting anyone in the face. Especially if they wear glasses and your shot sticks. This may cause hysterical laughter that will inevitably deteriorate your focus on the "Hot" challenge.)
This is a classic favorite! Everyone plays it! This is a tournament we can play for hours! The game is so quick that it's difficult for anyone to get bored waiting their turn. Each person plays another person 3 times. The person that wins best 2 out of 3 plays the other winners. Once the last two people play their 3 rounds you crown the Connect 4 champion!
Cuponk is a game where you throw a ping pong ball into a cup. It comes with trick cards, but making it into a tournament is so much fun! It's almost like the game "horse" when you are shooting a basketball. Set up your cup and the first person to shoot decides what shot you are going to make. If that person makes it, the next person must try the shot. If they don't make it, it gives the following person a free shot. Whoever makes a shot that nobody else can make wins.
These are just a few ideas of activities you can do to keep your company entertained. It is always fun to make up your own games with the people you enjoy being around!