Brunch Party

Brunch party.

Brunch: noun.  Definition: a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch.

The first known use of the word brunch occurred in 1896, and many people today still enjoy hosting brunch gatherings on weekends. If you’re a brunch fanatic, we’ve got the perfect way to make your next Brunch Party festive, delicious, unique, and fun.

The idea here is to create Brunch Bars set up on their own tables to act as different stations for different types of foods.  If you’re hosting a large group for brunch, having a variety of types of breakfast and lunch items available will ensure that there is something for everyone.

Check out these other Brunch Bar tips for how to create a couple Brunch Bar spreads full of crowd-pleasing breakfast and lunch favorites!

Breakfast Bars

Oatmeal Bar—you’ll need quick oats, a variety of chopped dried fruits like raisins, maple syrup or maple flavoring, brown sugar, and finely-chopped fresh fruits like bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apples or raspberries.  Have a thermos or hotpot of hot water and of course plenty of bowls and spoons.

Omelet Bar—this one is best done by the skillet or in the kitchen near the stove.  You’ll need scrambled eggs, a variety of cheeses and all the omelet fixings: finely-chopped ham, chopped tomatoes, spinach leaves, chopped mushrooms, chopped onions, peppers and broccoli.  Then it’s just omelets made to order!

Cereal Bar—this one’s simple.  Set out an assortment of large bowls or a few containers filled with different cereals, a pitcher of milk and chopped strawberries, blueberries, and bananas for cereal add-ons.  Make sure to have a variety of cereals—something fruity or sweeter for the sweet teeth in your group, some healthy options for the health nuts, etc.

Fruit Bar—a fresh fruit station! Cut up melons, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, oranges and grapefruits, and toss in some blueberries, raspberries and grapes.  Also consider setting out a couple of flavors of yogurt so that brunch guests can make parfaits.  You can’t go wrong with a fresh fruit medley.

Breakfast Drinks Bar—you’ll definitely need orange juice and apple juice and a splash of some other types as well so that your guests can make breakfast juice medleys and cocktails.  Pineapple juice, mango juice, grapefruit juice and lemonade are all great for mixing with other juices.  And a little champagne to make mimosas never hurt anyone…

Lunch Bars

Baked Potato Bar—first, bake some potatoes and wrap them in aluminum foil to keep them warm.  Next, lay out all the necessary condiments: cheeses, sour cream, chives and bacon bits.  The bar becomes self-serve after that.

Pizza Bar—you’ll need partially baked pizza crusts (i.e. buy a pizza crust and roll it out, section it into personal-sized rounds and bake each for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden), tomato sauce mozzarella cheese, sausage, pepperoni, ham, pineapple, green and red peppers, onions, yellow peppers, olives, mushrooms, tomato slices, oregano, garlic, shredded parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.  Set out all the items on a table close to a toaster oven or oven.  Let brunch guests make their own pizzas with all of their favorite toppings, then bake each pizza for a personalized treat.

Nacho Bar—break out a bag of tortilla chips, some taco shells, and a pile of tortillas.  Gather ground beef or turkey meat and cook it in advance, being sure to add in all of the taco seasonings you want to make the meat nice and tasty. Set out bowls with cheeses, shredded lettuce, finely-chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped red and green peppers, chopped yellow peppers and jalapenos, olives, nacho cheese sauce, sour cream and ground cayenne pepper.  Let brunch guests make their own pile of nacho-y deliciousness.

Trail Mix Bar—peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, dried fruits like pineapples and raisins, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, shaved coconuts, macadamia nuts, M&M candies, oats and whatever else you desire… throw them each in bowls and display.  Trail mix makes a great party treat no matter what the occasion.

Dessert Bars—these can be handled in a variety of ways, either several different tables with different dessert options, or one combined table with lots of edible treats.  Set up a decorate-your-own cupcakes area with unfrosted cupcakes (vanilla, chocolate, swirl) and a variety of frostings and crushed and small candies.

HINT:  Ice cream sundae bars are always a hit—grab a couple of different flavors of ice creams, some chocolate or caramel syrup, fruits like bananas or strawberries, sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed nuts and more.  Make dessert drinks like flavored hot chocolate—having cinnamon, vanilla, maple and more to flavor the cocoa.  Root beer floats, milkshakes and other dessert drinks are also fun—get a bunch of items to flavor vanilla ice cream, put in a blender and make delicious drinkable desserts!

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