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How to Host an Easter Brunch

How to Host an Easter Brunch

Spring is full of so much beauty; the tulips peaking through the dirt and the fresh rainfalls bring a feeling of renewal.

This is reason alone to celebrate, and hosting an elegant, simple brunch seems like the perfect solution, especially when it comes to celebrating Easter. From food and drinks to decorations, hosting a spring brunch is a wonderful way to greet the changing season. The great thing about hosting a brunch is that it can be as laid-back and casual or as elegant as you like. The tips below are a happy medium. The dishes suggested are low-maintenance but deviate from the standard casserole-themed spread.

Crepe Buffet

For an elegant and surprisingly easy menu, put together a crepe buffet for your guests. Make the crepes before your guests arrive so you aren’t stuck making them to order while your guests wait. To make it easy for everyone, layer the crepes between sheets of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. Lay out sweet and savory ingredients for guests to choose from to fill the delicate crepes. Devonshire cream and fresh berries, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, or Nutella and sliced bananas are all delicious and easy to put together. This way, you can spend time socializing with your friends rather than slaving away over the stove.

Bloody Mary Bar

No brunch is complete without the presence of a Bloody Mary. There are a surprising number of recipes out there and that lend themselves perfectly to a Bloody Mary bar. If you’re feeling extra creative, make recipe cards with suggestions for the best ingredient combinations. Otherwise, just set out the ingredients and let your guests have fun creating their favorite combination. Include wasabi, horseradish, green olives stuffed with blue cheese or jalapeños, pickle spears, gherkins, celery salt, lemon and lime wedges, bacon, Sriracha, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Feature spring vegetables for garnishes like scallions or chives, carrots (peeled, with greens attached for a dramatic effect), celery stalks, and red radishes (again, leave the greens attached). Use your imagination and bring your own twist to the selection! Another plus? Guests who aren’t interested in the alcohol can make theirs without.

For more spring brunch ideas and tips from Menuism, click here.


How to host a delicious Easter brunch on a budget

I&aposm hosting Easter brunch this year. As if looking through my billions of brunch recipes trying to decide what to make wasn&apost enough of a challenge, I&aposm also putting a cap on how much I spend. Budget-friendly recipes are a must. Can I really pull off holiday entertaining on a budget? I can, if I choose my menu wisely.

This year, I&aposll skip the expensive spiral ham I usually serve and make a frittata with ham in it instead. That way I can still have ham (what&aposs a brunch without ham?!) but I can buy it in a smaller quantity. I&aposm going to keep it simple, but it&aposs still going to be delicious-I bet my guests won&apost even notice the difference.

Here&aposs my budget brunch menu:

Strawberry-Orange Muffin (32 cents per muffin)We love the combination of strawberry and orange in this sweet breakfast muffin with a streusel topping. For a less conventional (but equally delicious) twist, try the basil variation. The hint of basil complements the fruity berries wonderfully.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus (84 cents per serving)These prosciutto-wrapped bundles of grilled asparagus are a delicious addition to a spring brunch or elegant dinner.

Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette ($2.17 per serving) This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing out the spicy notes of the arugula.

Green Eggs & Ham Frittata ($1.14 per serving) Our version of green eggs and ham is full of spinach, leeks and dill, along with ham and havarti cheese. Serve with: Roasted red potatoes or hash browns.


Brunch Ideas

Yes, you can pull off a brunch just for two! Here&aposs how:

This Ham and Cheese Quiche with Cauliflower Crust may serve six, but quiche makes great leftovers and it&aposs very forgiving. Don&apost have smoked Gouda cheese like the recipe calls for? No worries. Any cheese you have on hand will work well. Don&apost want to make a special trip to the store just for red onion? Don&apost. Any sweet onion will work. And if two people can&apost plow through six servings, quiche makes great leftovers. It can be microwaved or reheated gently in a warm oven.

Same rules apply for the Muffin Tin Spinach & Mushroom Mini-Quiches pictured above. As long as the measurements are kept the same, any vegetable and cheese combo will do! (Read How to Substitute Almost Any Ingredient.)

Can&apost live without ham on Easter? You&aposre in luck. While this Marmalade Horseradish Rosemary Glazed Ham recipe serves 20, ham makes great leftovers that can withstand freezing, thawing, refreezing and a decent amount of time languishing in the fridge without skipping a beat. Just slice up or chop what you don&apost use and freeze the rest in smaller portions. You can use leftover ham in soups, salads sandwiches and more.

If leftovers aren&apost your thing, this Goat Cheese & Fresh Herb Omelet serves two and uses easy-to-find ingredients yet feels and tastes like spring. And if time is not on your side, this recipe takes 20 minutes from start to finish. (Did you know you can freeze eggs? You can!)


How to Host an Easy Easter Brunch

Although Easter is often considered one of the more formal holidays of the year you can opt for a more casual brunch with family and friends. Not only is this brunch menu great for Easter, but also a great way to celebrate the onset of spring.

You have to have eggs for Easter brunch! And not just the dyed kind&mdashwe're talking deviled eggs, quiches, frittatas, omelets, you name it. A flavorful Easter brunch menu should also work in fresh seasonal ingredients, such as asparagus, scallions, and peas.

When it comes to drinks we suggest keeping it simple: a mimosa bar with several juice options and a bowl of fresh berries so people can make their own.

Take visual cues from springtime. For instance, we used soft green placemats and white dishes to serve the food on. Of course no Easter-themed meal is complete without incorporating a rabbit (or a few) so we lay a cute bunny tablecloth on our rustic farm table.

For a simple, yet elegant table arrangement, we choose a centerpiece of freshcut flowers and an array of dyed Easter eggs in colorful Le Creuset egg dishes. Another idea is to set your plates with a single tulip tied neatly to a dinner napkin for each guest.


50 Best Easter Brunch Ideas for a Delicious, Memorable Meal

Whether it&rsquos first thing in the morning or after your Sunday service, the best thing about hosting a brunch party is that it can be a little bit of everything, from breakfast classics to lunchtime favorites&mdashespecially when it comes to Easter brunch ideas. For the Drummond family, Easter brunch happens a little later in the day&mdashafter the kids get Easter baskets (yes, they still get them) and participate in a traditional egg hunt. Here&rsquos how it goes down: &ldquoThe Saturday before Easter we buy every plastic egg we can find, and spend hours filling them with candy and stickers before we take them to the church for the big hunt,&rdquo Ree says. It&rsquos no surprise that after all the festivities, they're ready for a big Easter brunch. &ldquoWe come home for ham, potatoes, hot cross buns&mdashand store-bought chocolate bunnies for dessert!" Ahead, you&rsquoll find all these dishes and more easy Easter brunch recipes to create a beautiful spring celebration for your family.

Putting together a delicious brunch menu couldn&rsquot be easier. You can stick to all breakfast recipes (like French toast and eggs) or go for lunch dishes (like ham and potatoes) with some Easter sides. Best of all&mdashyou can mix them up and serve a little of each. The combination of sweet and savory is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, many of these Easter brunch ideas can be made ahead, so you can spend more time making Easter baskets, dyeing eggs, and other Easter traditions. Now all you need is an Easter cocktail to turn this Sunday brunch into an Easter party. Don&rsquot forget to save room for some sweet Easter desserts!


80 Best Easter Brunch Recipes Perfect for a Spring Celebration

These'll give you energy to get through the egg hunts.

Depending on the state of the pandemic, we may not be able to host the kinds of big holiday Easter dinner we might have wanted to this year, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate. While a more intimate dinner may be on the table for some, others may opt to celebrate the central spring holiday by rolling out a big, fabulous Easter brunch for the fam. If that sounds like just your speed, this list is for you. Put together this year's menu by using some of these delicious brunch ideas, guaranteed to leave everyone satisfied. These dishes range from breakfast to lunch ideas, so everyone's appetites and palates are considered. Some even fall in the Easter appetizers category, such as the radish toasts or classic deviled eggs for some pre-brunch snacking. No one will be disappointed by the range of sweet and savory recipes, from the carrot cake pancakes to the ham biscuit sandwiches.

There are also some great ideas for Easter cocktails, since every brunch gathering has to have a fizzy beverage to sip on. After all, what goes better with egg crepes or baked eggs than strawberry rosé punch? While this massive roundup might cover your meals for the day, be sure to include room for dessert (since every holiday has to have dessert). Check out some fantastic Easter cake ideas after for a perfect finish to your feast. Once you're done reading these best Easter brunch recipes, you'll be ready to get your menu started.

These ricotta pancakes are everything you want: light, fluffy, and extra rich tasting. Add a simple roasted maple strawberry-rhubarb compote topping and you've got an essential Spring recipe that couldn't be easier to make.


Get Inspired With These Easter Brunch Ideas

Hosting Easter brunch and needing some culinary inspiration? Welcome spring to your table with an eclectic, easygoing Easter brunch menu filled with breakfast classics and lunchtime favorites. Fluffy banana pancakes and french toast are universally loved Easter brunch ideas, and quick and healthy lunch options like a fruit salad with tasty lemon chicken will keep everyone happily munching. Check out this recipe for banana rabbit pancakes that kids and adults will equally adore, then hop on over to our easter Pinterest board for additional Easter brunch menu ideas!

Banana Rabbit Pancakes

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Puree bananas in blender until smooth. Add eggs, then pulse until combined. Then pulse in flour.
  3. Lightly grease nonstick 12 inch skillet or griddle, then heat on medium heat for one minute.
  4. For each bunny: 1/4 cup batter for body, 2 tablespoons batter for head,1 tablespoon batter for each foot, 1 tablespoon batter for each ear.
  5. Drop batter into your pan or griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn when bubbling and edges begin to dry and turn up.
  6. Cook 1-2 additional minutes until underside is golden-brown, then keep warm on cookie sheet in preheated oven.
  7. Assemble bunny then garnish with whipped cream and coconut for tail and banana slices and chocolate chips for feet

The Best Make-Ahead Easter Brunch Menu to Sweeten Up the Holiday

Host a stress-free Easter brunch by preparing most of it ahead of time. Use our make-ahead menu to plan easy and delicious recipes your family will love.

With the hurry-scurry of egg hunts and activities, Easter morning can be hectic. Bake, slow cook, and prep these Easter menu ideas in advance so you have more time for the fun𠅊nd to sleep! Featuring seasonal ingredients and Easter all-stars like carrots and ham, these make-ahead Easter brunch recipes including ideas for appetizers and desserts are sure to please. All you&aposll need to do on Easter morning is put on a pot of coffee and relax. 

Make-Ahead Easter Brunch Menu

Build your Easter brunch menu with these easy make-ahead recipes for the easiest holiday meal you&aposve ever made. No one will know you prepared the whole brunch ahead of time!

  • Appetizer: Bacon and Basil Deviled Eggs
  • Appetizer: Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins
  • Side Dish: Kale, Cranberry, and Roasted Root Vegetable Salad
  • Side Dish: Rosé Poached Peaches
  • Main Dish: Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole
  • Main Dish: Cherry-Cola Ham
  • Dessert: Coconut-Pecan Coffee Cake
  • Dessert: Zucchini-Carrot Cake
  • Drink: Carrot Mexican Mule

Appetizer: Bacon and Basil Deviled Eggs

Get crackin’ with this dressed-up deviled egg recipe that can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance and chilled until party time. Start with hard-boiled eggs his easy appetizer recipe can be prepared quicker than a batch of dyed eggs! The toppings help this savory recipe fit the brunch theme: bacon and tomato give it omelet vibes.

Appetizer: Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

Fresh or frozen peaches are the star of these salty-sweet make-ahead Easter brunch muffins. Stir together the cornmeal batter and mix in the peaches and chopped prosciutto before baking. You can make these the night before, or keep the baked muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you&aposre serving frozen muffins, thaw them overnight in the fridge, then all that’s left to do is warm them upਊnd devour.

Side Dish: Kale, Cranberry, and Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

Balance out all the Easter candy with some kale in this make-ahead brunch recipe. Hearty late-winter/early-spring veggies including carrots and beets join the vitamin party, too, while ginger, garlic, and honey mustard zest things up. This is one Easter menu idea that gets better with time—the kale’s bitterness is tamed after chilling in the dressing for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Side Dish: Rosé Poached Peaches

Spring is the official start of rosé season, so why not get a jump on the refreshing drink trend with a side of stone fruit poached in pink wine? Simmer them up to three days before Sunday brunch, chill, then enjoy solo, over goat cheese-slathered crostini, or on a bowl of vanilla yogurt.

Main Dish: Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Monte Cristo, a mash-up of powdered sugar-dusted French toast and a ham and cheese sandwich, is the inspiration behind this make-ahead Easter brunch casserole recipe. If you don’t feel like baking a whole roast leg of lamb or spiral ham, this showy dish can more than handle the spotlight as a centerpiece. Build it the night before the holiday meal, refrigerate, then pop in the oven as you enjoy appetizers.

Main Dish: Cherry-Cola Ham

Here are the top three reasons we can’t get enough of this best make-ahead brunch recipe:

  • It requires just 20 minutes of prep time before an overnight shift in the slow cooker ($25, Target).
  • A splash of soda offers just enough sweetness to balance the salty pork.
  • It can feed a big crowd (like really big: our Cherry-Cola Ham makes 20-24 servings!).

Dessert: Coconut-Pecan Coffee Cake

With chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, and a moist sour cream crumb, we’re deeming this coffee cake more dessert than brunch bread. Regardless of what category you think this make-ahead Easter brunch recipe lands in, you’ll be convinced to add it to your meal when you see the scrumptious ingredient list𠅊nd the fact that it can be made up to a day before and cooled on a wire rack.

Test Kitchen Tip: Present the coconut coffee cake on a pretty round white platter ($17, Crate & Barrel) come dessert time, then dust with powdered sugar and cocoa powder at the table for a final flourish.

Dessert: Zucchini-Carrot Cake

No make-ahead Easter brunch feels complete without cake. And why not think spring with carrot cake? Our festive, honey-cream cheese-frosted version is hiding shredded zucchini and chopped pecans for more nutrition𠅊nd flavor. The result is a delicious confection that tastes like a mix of zucchini-nut bread and carrot cake. The adorable marzipan �rrots” with fresh mint leaves push this cake into must-make territory. Prepare and bake the cake on Saturday, then frost and “plant” the carrots Sunday morning before brunch attendees arrive.

Drink: Carrot Mexican Mule

While the kids sort through their Easter basket treats, the over-21 crowd can sip on carrot-infused mules. To mix up this cocktail a make-ahead punch for six, muddle a dozen rosemary springs and 12 fresh sliced jalapenos in a pitcher ($35, Pottery Barn). Pour in 1 ½ cups carrot juice, 1 ½ cups silver tequila, ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon lime juice. Stir well and refrigerate for up to a couple of hours. When cocktail-o-clock rolls around, strain into 6 ice-filled copper mugs ($30 for 4, Wayfair) and top off with ginger beer. Cheers to a picture-perfect Easter!


Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch

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How To Host an Easter Brunch

It’s hard to believe Easter will be here in just a few short weeks. Time to figure out who’s hosting, what, when and where!

Last year I set a beautiful Easter table and at the last minute, made reservations for Easter brunch at one of my favorite restaurants! Ha! I host so often, it was a nice change and a relaxing break to take the holiday off. This year it’s all about brunch. Keep it simple, serve classic favorites and everyone will be happy.

First things first, invites! Whether you’re hosting a small or large gathering, it’s sweet to send an invite in the mail. The invitation is usually my first piece in pulling a party together. I pull my inspiration from the colors and style to plan out the rest of the party. I found these gorgeous invites at Minted and started dreaming up my Easter brunch.

Next in planning an Easter Brunch is deciding on your table linens. It’s fun to mix and match a variety of patterns that are all in the same color family. It keeps your table interesting and fun! Minted carries the most darling fabrics that can be customized into napkins, table runners and an assortment of other items. It’s hard not to get carried away!

To make your Easter morning a bit less stressful, pull your tableware out ahead of time. It will make setting the table a breeze. I used an assortment of vintage pink dishes, gold flatware and mixed in a few pieces of jadite for a pop of mint green.

Flowers add life and beauty to tablescapes. Mix in large arrangements or even a grouping single buds to give your table a little extra Easter cheer.

Bunny ear napkin rings are fun for all ages and add a little extra “Easter” to the table. I found these in the dollar spot at Target!

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different fabrics and textures. My vintage plates are very delicate and sweet but I wanted a little more texture and depth so I added wood chargers underneath (found at World Market).

Personalized place cards are a simple but meaningful extra touch. There are so many things you can use for place cards from small tags, mini chalkboards, leaves, straw tags, personalized sugar cookies… get creative, options are endless!

When it comes time to plan the menu, keep it somewhat basic. It’s fun to experiment with maybe 1-2 new recipes, but stick to classics that you already know how to cook for the rest. The last thing you want is to try a new dish and have it turn out a Pinterest fail.

Offer 2-3 drink options from fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, sparkling lemonade or fruit infused water. If serving coffee, don’t forget the cream and sugar!

I like to have a few options on the table as part of the centerpiece that guests can eat as an appetizer and keep the main dishes in the kitchen, displayed as more of a buffet style. There is never enough room on the dining table for all of the food! Just be sure you have the essentials like butter, salt & pepper, and syrup on the table to eliminate guests having to get up and down.

You can always move flowers, candles and decor pieces off the table as people begin to eat, to allow them a little more elbow room.

I love to send guests with a small party favor. Easter candy in a glass jar, a packaged sugar cookie or a small votive candle tied with a personalized tag is always special.

For the little guests, I love to give personalized stationary. It’s so important to teach kids the importance of sending a thank you card. I was always taught to not only thank someone in person for a gift or gesture, but also to follow up with a written card.

These also make darling additions to your little one’s Easter basket! Minted makes the cuuuutest personalized stationary. It’s hard to pick just one!

Do you have a favorite Easter tradition, recipe or brunch idea? I want to hear it! Leave it in the comments below!