5 Tips for the Perfect Holiday Brunch
A holiday brunch is a wonderful time to get together with friends and family amid all the hustle and the bustle of the season. Brunch should be a laid-back, relaxed meal that allows you to focus on catching up with company and savoring delicious foods and drinks without any pressure. Keep things as simple and effortless as possible with our five tips for the perfect holiday brunch:
1. Choose Simple Eats
Nothing zaps the joy of a brunch faster than chaos in the kitchen! Having to run around the kitchen all morning or stick by the stovetop cooking eggs or pancakes to order can make a holiday brunch stressful instead of sweet. Instead, choose to serve foods that are simple to prepare as well as those that can be cooked all at once and then that stay fresh for a few hours. Great brunch food options are frittatas, quiches and simple pastries made from refrigerated, prepared dough. While it can be nice to prepare complicated dishes, sometimes keeping things easy is the best option when it comes to brunch.
2. Strike a Balance
A great brunch offers a variety of dishes and a sumptuous spread, so strike a balance between menu items. Serve a mix of sweet and savory items instead of just staying with one way or the other.
3. Make Dishes the Night Before
In the same vein, doing all the preparation you can the night before makes things go much more smoothly in the morning. You can prepare frittatas and other baked egg dishes the night before, as well as sausages or other meats and baked goods like cakes. Setting the table the night before also helps you keep the focus on the fun come morning!
4. Mix Up Frozen Concoctions in Seconds
Light and refreshing frozen concoctions are a must-have with your holiday brunch. The Margaritaville® Tahiti™ Frozen Concoction Maker® makes serving large groups a breeze. Its fully-automatic operation and three blending stations enable you to make multiple types of frozen concoctions at once. For a holiday brunch, bright and sunny frozen concoctions made with ingredients like orange juice, champagne and grapefruit juice are great picks, as is the always-classic bloody mary. It's also a good idea to have non-alcoholic beverages on hand as well - the Tahiti™ can mix alcohol-free drinks like orange juice and seltzer or pink lemonade. In addition to the frozen concoctions, make sure coffee, tea and water are available in ample amounts.
5. Set the Scene
Brunch is about good eats and tasty drinks, but it's also about a warm and welcoming ambiance. Set the scene for a cozy and relaxing holiday celebration with warm touches like string lights and evergreen centerpieces or pine sprigs scattered on the table. For a holiday brunch, go low-key and quirky with plates, glasses and tea cups for a perfectly relaxed look.
Remember to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and follow all drinking laws.