Everyone loves a weekend brunch! It’s often said to be everyone’s favorite way to enjoy eating with family and friends. Whether that’s true or not is entirely up to you. One thing that is for sure is that it is a fun way to jump-start your socialization and weekend fun. Brunches are ideal for celebrating all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays to bridal showers to baby showers, or simply just because it’s the weekend.
And while good food and good company usually mean a good time, why not kick things up a notch with a fun theme for your next brunch? It will give you and your guests a reason to dress up or down got the occasion and help shape your delicious brunch menu ideas.
1) Brunch and Bubbly
For some people, their favorite part of brunch is the cheerful mimosas! Create the ultimate mimosa and bellini bar with plenty of bubbles (champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco, or cava, or all of the above).
Don’t forget to try different juice and puree pairings, including:
For food, serve up delectable and easy-to-eat mini pancakes (blini), quiches, and omelets.
2) Rose Wine
Brunch and a nicely chilled rose wine are perfect pairings for a summer day brunch by the pool or beach. Set up your table with a profusion of summertime flowers to add to the festivities. Make sure to chill your bottles of fruity, dry, and even bubbly rose to suit everyone’s tastes. For brunch items, stick with the summer theme and serve watermelon salad, yogurt parfait topped with strawberries, and other assorted summertime berries. And let’s not forget pink lemonade for those that refrain from alcohol.
3) Go Green
You can take your brunch themes in many different directions. Here is another fun and idea. Have everyone dress in green, and stick with green as your primary decorating color. Try using big leafy greens as table runners. You can then serve food and drinks that are also green, like roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, wrapped asparagus, and green salads. Alternatively, go green in a different way and serve an all-vegan menu, with healthy green juices and shakes.
4) Around the World
Sample the flavors of the world with your favorite brunch dishes from all around the world. Travel the world while sitting at your brunch table with your family and friends. France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and The United States all have great brunch dished to adorn your international spread. There are so many to choose from, but popular ideas include:
- assortment of crêpes
- artisanal loaves of bread and cheeses
- breakfast burritos
- different types of pancakes
- fruits and berries
Your guests can dress in the fashion of their favorite countries to add to the festive nature of an international brunch. Additionally, you can decorate each dish with mini flags to depict the origin of the dish or use postcards from the different countries.
You can also stick with the American favorites for your brunch. Decorate in patriotic red, white, and blue. For food, serve plenty of homemade biscuits and country gravy, a variety of pancakes, scrambled eggs with bacon, sausage, and hash browns. Let’s not forget chicken and waffles along with a tasty syrup.
6) Decorate Your Own Donuts
Who doesn’t love donuts? And who says you can’t make an entire brunch just out of donuts? Does it sound like a delicious idea? Well, it most certainly is! And here’s how to do it. Set up a donut station with all sorts of different toppings, such as different cereals, candies, shaved coconut, assorted nuts, granola, chopped fruit, and let guests make their own creations. Once everyone has tapped into their inner chef the combinations and fun can be endless. You can also offer up a prize for the most creative, best tasting, or best-decorated donut. How sweet it is!
7) Pancakes and Pajamas
While brunch can be an excuse to dress up, it’s just as good an excuse to dress down. Invite all your guests to show up in their favorite pajamas or dress-down clothes to a laid-back weekend brunch. For food, serve an assortment of different pancakes. After all, this is a pan ake and pajama party. Additionally, you can ask everyone to show up with their favorite pancake batter and each person can cook and share their tasty pancake recipe.
8) Winter Wonderland
Brunch isn’t just for spring and summertime. It can be a fun and festive reason for a get-together in the chilly days of winter as well. Go with a winter wonderland theme and decorate in simple and chic white and silver. For food, think quiches, an assortment of pale cheeses with baguettes, and strawberries dipped in white chocolate. If your brunch happens to be near Christmas, then go all out with plenty of red and green color options as well as a selection of your favorite holiday treats.
Hosting an awesome brunch
Whatever your reason for holding a brunch, make it a memorable and fun event with a little planning. Having a theme helps pull everything together, from décor to food and drink menus. Pick your theme before choosing your brunch venue if possible, as the theme may affect your location.
Depending on the occasion, you may be able to host the brunch at your home. If that’s not suitable, there are plenty of great brunch locations you can book. Try booking your venue early for the best selection. Then, start planning the decorations and menu.
Consider serving brunch as a buffet for your guests to help themselves, so you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen and you can actually enjoy the event. You don’t need to serve alcohol, though that certainly helps when it’s a celebration. As mentioned earlier mimosas brunches are very popular and well-liked by many people. Also, make sure to have plenty of coffee and tea. Then, sit back and relax — you got this!