This year we are hosting Easter brunch at our home. So I thought I’d compile a few favorite recipes and brunch ideas for an easy buffet style morning gathering. Here is what I have planned for this year’s casual celebration.
Self Serve Bagel Station
One of my favorite items to include for a morning gathering is a bagel platter. I’ve done something similar in the past. [ Breakfast Charcuterie Board] A self-serve bagel station with all the fixings such as lox, bagels, capers, tomatoes and cream cheese. I also like to add a jam, for those who prefer a savory bagel instead of a sweet one.
I typically use this recipe to make deviled eggs, and this year I’m also going to top them with caviar. Caviar is having a huge moment right now and I love how more people are trying it and incorporating it into their gatherings.
One of my favorite easy breakfast ideas when feeding lots of people is to make a quiche (or two). I typically use store bought crust and load it up with veggies for a pretty and delicious breakfast pie. Here is a great recipe to follow.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
If you haven’t tried the muffins from Trader Joe’s you are seriously missing out. My kids prefer them to almost anything else and every time I purchase them at the store a strangers or the check out person nods in approval. They’re easy and delicious. And less stress to make things from scratch.
French Toast Bake
However, I did see this recipe and wanted to try it out this year. You can prep everything overnight and just throw things in the oven. [ Overnight French Toast Recipe]
Cocktails Made Easy
I’m going to create a simple mimosa bar for cocktails and also have a variety of juice and drinks for kids to self serve. While I love making a specialty cocktail, for brunch I think you can’t go wrong with a simple champagne bar—think a variety of juices like pineapple and orange and fresh fruit.
However, if I’m feeling extra ambitious, I might also have a bloody mary station. I have the best bloody mary recipe that is superb and deliciously spicy. For that, I would just serve vodka and tequila, have the bloody mary mix premade and leave out olives and lemons. Everything would be self-serve to make it easy on the host (me).
Making it Fun for the Kids
For the last few years I’ve purchased a scavenger hunt for the kids to find their baskets and it has always been a hit. It creates a fun activity for them and the premade scavenger hunt makes it easy for me. Total win/win. [ Kids scavenger hunt]
Another fun activity we have planned is blowing up our own small jumper we purchased via Amazon. Great way to get the kids’ energy out and a fun activity. One of my favorite investments we’ve made. [ Bounce House]