HOW TO HOST AN EASY SUNDAY BRUNCH

easy sunday brunch

Ever since I moved from my one bedroom condo to a larger house, I’ve been taking advantage of the extra space to host and enjoy having people over.  This past weekend I hosted a mini brunch party with friends and opted for the easiest menu of make-ahead items so I could spend the most time with my guests instead of burning eggs  on the stove.  Check out more of my easy Sunday brunch musts below!

easy sunday brunch

FANCY TOAST

I’ve been on an avocado toast kick for a long time so I decided to take my breakfast staple up a notch for brunch.  I used a really nice crusted bread, sliced it into approximately one inch slices, toasted them in my Bella Housewares toaster, and last added great toppings!  How cute is this toaster to blend in with your kitchen decor? It even has a special setting for gluten free bread!

My menu included three different toasts that I could make ahead of time: mashed avocado with sea salt and cayenne, classic lox and cream cheese, and goat cheese with blackberries and agave drizzle.  It’s good to have a variety so guests can mix and match, and you can make these earlier in the morning and keep on a cookie sheet.

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ARNOLD PALMERS

Typically you think of mimosas for brunch but I decided to go another route and make some delicious Arnold Palmers–half lemonade, half iced tea–and they turned out so good!  I typically use the good ol’ Lipton tea when making iced tea but decided to try some new varieties–Peach Mango and Stirring Ceylon–mixed together for a new flavor twist.  I love the bold flavors of black tea!  I used a giant mason jar to make sun tea in the morning but placing a handful of tea bags into the water and simply leaving it out in the sun to brew!

Once the tea steeped to the perfect amount, I added some lemonade to the mason jar, gave it a stir, and poured into these cute carafe style glasses with red striped straws.  Add slices of lemon for an extra zest of flavor!

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DECOR

It’s not a brunch party without decor!  I have various party supplies on hand but kept things simple this Sunday so I added a fun but simple natural paper banner (cause why not!) and pulled out my favorite tiered server stand and mis-matched plates.  I love this server stand but don’t get to use it that often, it’s the perfect tray for the toasts!

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What’s your favorite way to host brunch at home?  What are your go-to recipes?

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13 Comments

  1. Kathryn wrote:

    Yum! This looks divine. What a fun easy brunch to have with friends. This has me really craving toast. Also, perfect for last minute get togethers.

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  2. Elaine wrote:

    Those little sandwiches look amazing!! I love the variety of the fruit and Avocado! Yum!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  3. kristen wrote:

    this is the cutest brunch ive ever seen! I wanna come 🙂 I LOVE the idea of fancy toast and avocado toast is my fav! xx

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  4. Brittany wrote:

    Sunday brunch is the best!! The food looks amazing 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  5. Andrea wrote:

    This looks like a brunch you might be served at the Four Seasons! Your treats look amazing and the set up is darling.

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  6. Chelsea wrote:

    Avocado toast all day, but I’m a sucker for anything with lox!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  7. Mary wrote:

    I love the glasses you used for the Arnold Palmers. So cute and festive!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  8. Tracy wrote:

    What a beautiful blog you have! I love the toast recipes and the tea as well. Didn’t know they had a mango! Tracy

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  9. Courtney wrote:

    I would love to be at this brunch!! I love arnold palmers and all of those kinds of toast look amazing! I would never think of serving toast but it makes so much sense!

    I want to make some avocado toast right now!

    Posted 2.24.16 Reply
  10. Francine wrote:

    Perfect ideas! I think I’ll use some of these for my birthday lunch in the Spring!

    Posted 2.24.16 Reply
  11. Such a pretty party! I love fancy toasts!

    Posted 2.24.16 Reply
  12. Aida@TheCraftingFoodie wrote:

    That goat cheese and blackberry toast sounds so delicious! Do you have a trick for keeping your avocados from oxidizing when you make the avocado toasts ahead of time? I love hosting brunches. They always include lox in on form or another, a sweet dish that I can make ahead of time (usually a version of cinnamon rolls or sticky buns), some eggs, some form of crisp potatoes, and recently we added a waffle bar to the mix. It’s so fun!

    Posted 2.24.16 Reply
  13. klauss wrote:

    so cute 🙂

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply