Hosting The Perfect Brunch

Mother’s Day is a few short weeks away. What better way to celebrate those special ladies in your life then by hosting a brunch in their honor! This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s go through the brunch basics, my favorites, and my tips! 

Time to start planning!

Hosting The Perfect Brunch

Hosting the Perfect Brunch:

(Quantities and variations of food will depend on the size of your brunch, of course!)

Drinks

Mimosa Bar:

2 bottles prosecco/champagne

1 bottle orange juice

2 cans peach nector

Fresh Fruit

 

Other Beverages:

-Coffee/Tea/Milk/Dairy-Free Milk/Sugar

-Fresh Juice

-Pitcher of Water

-Pitcher of Lemonade or Iced Tea

 

Food

-Breakfast Fritatta or Scrambled Eggs

-Side of Bacon and Sausage

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

-Lemon Blueberry Muffins or Scones

-Bagels (cream cheese/butter/lox/onions/tomato) or go simple with Biscuits or English Muffins

-Home Fries (Sweet Potato or regular) 

Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast Sticks (Fresh Fruit/Syrup/Butter)

 

Assorted Sweets

Carrot Cake Loaf or Lemon Blueberry Loaf

-Assorted Cookies or Fruit Tarts/Fruit Galette

-Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

 

Decor

Essentials: 

-Dishes

-Silverware

-Napkins

-Glasses

-Champagne Flutes

-Serving Dishes & Utensils

-Pitchers for water & Juices

-Straws 

-Table Cloth

 

Extras: 

-Flowers

-Labels for food

 

Tips

1. Check out your local market’s deals ahead of time 

2. Have a plan: make your shopping lists and shop for as much as you can in advance, to make the days leading up to your brunch easier

3. Cook the few days leading up to your party, and the night before: Don’t wait until the morning of! Cut up your fruit and make your baked goods ahead of time. The night before, set the tables!

4. When someone offers to help… say YES! You don’t have to do

5. No brunch party is successful if you can’t enjoy it yourself! Once the eggs are out and the bacon is done, sit down and enjoy all of your hard work!

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What is your favorite dish to serve at a brunch? What do you bring as a guest?

 

French Kiss Cocktail

Tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve and whether you lay low or spend the night out on the town, a light cocktail is always a nice way to start off the evening. I like this French Kiss Cocktail because you can make it sweet (or less sweet), simply by adjusting the champagne or wine you use!

French Kiss CocktailCheers to a new year!

French Kiss Cocktail

Light French Kiss Cocktail
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  2. 1 package organic raspberries (can sub your favorite berry)
  3. 8 mint leaves
  4. 1/2 lemon
  5. Gluten-free vodka (I like Tito's or Ciroc)
Optional
  1. 1/2 tsp raw honey
  2. 1 tsp chambord liquor
Directions as per one glass, do the same for as many glasses as desired
  1. Place 5 berries in the bottom of your champagne glass
  2. Add 2 mint leaves
  3. Using a spoon, muddle raspberries until slightly mashed, but somewhat whole
  4. Fill up glass with Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  5. Add a dash of vodka
  6. Add a dash of lemon juice
  7. {Optional} Add a 1/2 tsp raw honey/1 tsp chambord
Notes
  1. For a sweeter cocktail, try using moscato wine. If you prefer a champagne cocktail, adding a hint of raw honey or chambord is a nice sweet touch.
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Light French Kiss Cocktail

French Kiss CocktailHow are you ringing in the new year?

Light French Kiss Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  • 1 package organic raspberries (can sub your favorite berry)
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Gluten-free vodka (I like Tito's or Ciroc)

Optional

  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp chambord liquor

Directions

  • Place 5 berries in the bottom of your champagne glass
  • Add 2 mint leaves
  • Using a spoon, muddle raspberries until slightly mashed, but somewhat whole
  • Fill up glass with Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  • Add a dash of vodka
  • Add a dash of lemon juice
  • {Optional} Add a 1/2 tsp raw honey/1 tsp chambord
  • Recipe Notes

  • For a sweeter cocktail, try using moscato wine. If you prefer a champagne cocktail, adding a hint of raw honey or chambord is a nice sweet touch.
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