Organizing Brunch For A Bunch

Since another successful Easter brunch has become history, I am going to take a few minutes to offer my hints and tips for organizing brunch for a bunch.  I’ve been hosting Easter brunch for over 10 years now and have figured out a few things about what works and what doesn’t work when organizing brunch.     organizing brunch

While I host Easter brunch each year, these tips and tricks could easily be applied for almost any brunch you find yourself needing or wanting to host.  I’ll go ahead and also confess that I do one of these organizing brunch type posts about my Easter brunch each year so I will have a point of reference for the next year.  That sentence actually brings me to my first tip for organizing brunch if it is an annual holiday type event you host.

Tips and Tricks for Organizing Brunch For A Bunch:

  1. If it is an annual holiday brunch, keep records each year.  The easiest way to do this is to take pictures and (ahem) write blog posts about it if you have a blog.  A word document file is another great option.  It is also helpful to have all the recipes stored in one spot.  I like to keep most of mine pinned over on my Easter Brunch Ideas pinterest board.  I add ideas to it all year but I also have all my tried and true recipes pinned on it as well with a few exceptions.

  2. Make notes of which dishes are popular and what dishes have lots of leftovers.  I run out of blueberry muffins each year.  This year I made more bacon during brunch (in the oven).  I probably need to make more of those two items in the future.  I will probably drop one my ham and cheese quiches as well since I had a full one left this year and make a few different muffin choices.  Muffin choices are a bit tricky because everyone has their favorites and I like to make my guests happy.

  3. Work ahead of time so you can actually enjoy the event.  Organizing brunch should not mean missing out on the fun.  Most quiches can be made well in advance.  This year I actually cooked them about 2 days prior and then reheated them on Easter morning.  In past years, I’ve frozen them uncooked and cooked them early on Easter morning.  The can be frozen up to about a month.  organizing brunch They can also be kept uncooked overnight in the fridge and prepared the next morning (I did that with  a sausage puff dish).  Chocolate covered fruit can be made the night before the event but I wouldn’t advise making it any sooner as the chocolate does tend to pull the moisture out and I’ve not had good luck with berries keeping more than a day (usually, there aren’t too many left at the end of brunch to store).  Fruit can be sliced ahead of time and stored in Ziploc bags until you are ready to make a fruit tray.

  4. Plan to get up early and get yourself ready prior to making the last-minute dishes.  I’ve found I enjoy brunch so much more in the years when I’ve done this than when I’m hurrying to shower and get dressed before the guests arrive.  I usually get up early, start the coffee, turn on the oven, and take my shower before proceeding to preparing the final dishes.

  5. If you can’t make it good, then make it pretty!  I’m not even going to pretend I’m a great cook.  Honestly, more than a few of those muffins pictured up above come from box mixes (made a day ahead of time and kept in Ziploc bags overnight). I pull out my fine crystal (I love that hosting Easter brunch once a year gives me an excuse to use my special dishes), and try to make a pretty centerpiece.

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    Easter Centerpiece

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    Silverware station

  6. Accept that you are going to make a few mistakes but don’t let them ruin your brunch.  Bonus points for making the same mistakes each year like not trying out a new recipe ahead of time.  My big mistake this year was grabbing shredded carrots to use in these inside out carrot cake muffins instead of reading the recipe and realizing that grated carrots were the ingredient listed.  There IS a difference in those items.  Then, there was the year I forgot to thaw the frozen quiches overnight.  We ended up thawing them on the grill as I cooked the other last-minute dishes.  My experience is that everything always comes together nicely in the end.

  7.  It’s best not to plan for an exact number of guests.  Circumstances change and the number of guests always tends to be a bit higher or lower than I expect.  I prefer to error on the side of too much food as opposed to running out of things.

  8. Know your guests.  Hopefully, this isn’t too hard to do if you are hosting family.  I always try to have at least one vegetarian dish on my brunch spread (I was quite surprised when the vegetarian Quiche I simply threw together was all gone!) and a good variety of fresh fruit as even the most picky eaters generally can find a form of fresh fruit they enjoy.  Since I knew there would be a few more kids in attendance this year, I tried to offer a few more “plain” items like regular bacon and sausage patties in addition to my sausage pinwheels and caramelized bacon twists.

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    another view of brunch

  9. If you are working on a budget for organizing brunch, then start early and buy just a few ingredients extra on each of your regular grocery store trips.  I always start early and start buying muffin papers at least since I know I will need a bunch for my Easter Brunch.   After Easter is a great time to find deals on pretty muffin papers, sprinkles, and other fun supplies to make the table setting pretty.

  10. Know when to stop.  I want to make everything for Easter brunch.  I always over plan the dishes that I plan to prepare and find myself with the ingredients for them.  I have almond flour sitting in the cabinet right now for cookies that didn’t come to pass.  Nuts as well.  Luckily, there are plenty of occasions after Easter to try new recipes so my ingredients won’t be wasted.

Those are my best 10 tips and tricks for organizing and hosting brunch for a bunch.  I’m sure I missed many tips and tricks that should be shared.  I didn’t give any clean up advice but that’s not really an area where I excel.  My only advice there is to start early and pace yourself.

Do you host a special brunch or holiday dinner?  What advice have I missed?

*just for fun I’m linking this post up at the following fun places:  Pintastic Pinteresting Party #58 over at Blessed Learners, This Is How We Roll Thursday #9 over at Wondermom Wannabe, & Pretty Pintastic Pinterest Party over at Divas Run For Bling.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Organizing Brunch For A Bunch

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you, Patty! I don’t know that I would consider myself a pro but I’ve definitely had some practice with hosting Easter brunch 🙂

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    1. Jean Post author

      It really does help quite a bit to have those records. I like to have the visual pictures as well so I can see where I put things.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for pinning my post 🙂 It really does help to have those records and pictures as reference the next year.

      Reply
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  2. Deanna

    You did an amazing feast there. I’m sure everyone that attended felt special, and certainly did not need lunch later 🙂

    Everything looked super!

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