It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is just around the corner. Have you finished your shopping? Have you planned your meal? The tasks never seem to end. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Let us help you plan a fantastic meal for your friends and family. In this month’s blog, we have some fabulous ideas for Christmas brunch. From food to decor, your guests will be singing your praises. Santa will be wishing he stuck around this year.
The key to hosting a Christmas brunch is planning. Firstly, you need to decide how many people you need to feed. Depending on the group size, you can start to choose your menu. The great thing about brunch is that you can serve whatever. Breakfast, lunch, dinner? You decide! However, you want to appeal to all your guests. Therefore, it is good to choose a mix of the sweet and savoury menu items. Additionally, be aware of any dietary restrictions. You wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out.
Next, think about the space. There is no need to go overboard. However, you will want to create an inviting atmosphere. After all, it is Christmas. A time where we gather together to be joyous. Keep it simple… but classy! There are plenty of simple ideas for Christmas brunch decor.
Lastly, make sure you add in some interactive components. Your guests will probably arrive before the food, and it is best to keep them occupied. Especially, because they will be getting hungry, smelling the aromas of the food they are about to consume. On that note, let us start with planning the menu.
First things first, the most crucial part of Christmas brunch is the food. Of course, that’s the whole point. Unfortunately, choosing what to make is a hard task. If you are having a hard time finding ideas for a Christmas brunch, you’re not alone. Thankfully, we have created a sample menu for you to use if you choose. Eat, drink, and be oh so merry with some of these delicious items.
Let’s start with a few things that you can make ahead.
The first thing that comes to mind is a TBLT salad. What is that you ask? It’s turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato. This recipe is so simple and is prepared ahead of time. Moreover, you don’t need to measure anything out. Create it as you like. We suggest taking your favourite leafy greens, croutons, and the three main ingredients and give it a toss. Voila! You’re done. Here are a few other salad options as well:
In terms of a warm choice, eggs are phenomenal. Not to mention, super easy. Let it be your canvas. When coming up with ideas for Christmas brunch, don’t be afraid to let the food inspire you. You can make a decadent dish with just a few ingredients. Keep in mind; you want to choose quality eggs for dishes such as these. At Hilltop Acres you can purchase eggs by the dozen, or flat. They are a delicious all-natural product. Needing some inspiration? These are just a few ideas for Christmas brunch to get you started:
So, you’ve got the lighter options covered. It’s time to dive into the good stuff. Remember, you still want to stay simple. Therefore, our first suggestion is to prepare some classic plain pancakes and french toast. From there, you can let people decide what to put on them. Choose a variety of toppings that will appeal to all of your guests.
If you are feeling adventurous, there are tons of amazing ideas for Christmas brunch. For example, this Cranberry Twist Bread is a great way to wow your guests. Moreover, it brings Christmas flavours and is relatively easy to make. Give it a shot! On a more savoury note, this Cheddar and Fig Bread is the perfect balance of sweet and salty. However, if you’re running low on time, just pick some up from the store.
Lastly, you probably want to incorporate a potato dish. Hashbrowns are always an easy go-to option. However, you can spice it up as you wish. This Sweet Potato Hash is a fun way to add some color to your table. Omit the bacon if you have vegetarian guests. They won’t want to miss out on this potato dish!
The grand finale must always include dessert. Of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without the sweets. However, like all your brunch items, keep it varied. It is important to have a few things that are slightly less sweet. For example, offer a simple sugar or shortbread cookie. You can prepare all of these desserts the day, or even week, ahead.
Are you feeling hungry yet?
Do you have an eye for decor? If not, that’s okay! Here are a few ideas for Christmas brunch decor that are quick, easy, and impressive.
Use fresh greenery to accent the table. It is an elegant way to add decor to a room. Plus, its Christmas time. The smell of pine will put anyone into the spirit.
More importantly, be sure to think about all your guests. For instance, will there be children? If so, consider making a kids table. Therefore, they have their own space. Similarly, you could even set up a cookie making station. Both the kids and the parents will be happy.
As mentioned, you will want to create some interactive components. One idea is to set up a “make your own drink” station — for example, coffee and tea. Or, depending on the crowd, you could make your own cocktail. The options are endless!
Above all, relax and have a good time. If you are having trouble finding quality ingredients, we can help. From eggs to Christmas turkeys, duck, chicken or geese – we have items you can feel good about serving. Come visit us at the farm store or shop online, whichever you prefer.