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