Everyone loves a good brunch, and throwing your own can be a fun and exciting event. You and your friends can gather and chat, enjoy some great food (and drinks!), and maybe even some great music lingering in the air as well. It's a great start to a day—you get your nutrients from a spread of delicious food, you get to relax, and get to spend time with those you are the closest to.
In order to prepare your own brunch spread to share with loved ones, follow these simple steps.
Decor On A Dime
Maybe you want to spruce up your dining room, or set up a little outdoor seating area. Whatever the case may be, you don't have to go spending a ton of money to do any of it. Some great decor ideas include these adorable fruit and floral centerpieces, which can easily be recreated with fake flowers and a couple of vases from your local dollar store, and some fruit cut into halves or just thrown in to the vase whole.
Other great ideas include balloon bouquets, which can typically also be purchased from your local dollar store (this is especially great if you are planning the brunch in celebration of a friend's birthday), as well as mix-matched plates and bowls from the thrift store, and re-purposed mason jar centerpieces.
Cooking for a crowd can really add up, but it doesn't need to when it comes to your brunch spread. Stray away from fresh fruit (unless it is on sale) as it can really add up, and opt for cans of fruit that can be chilled and spooned into pretty bowls. The colors in the fruit (especially that of fruit cocktail) will really help to brighten the table and it will taste great as a side. Many times bread and bagels will be on sale, and can either be paired with some butter, peanut butter, jellies and jams, or other toppings. Just check around your local grocery store for coupons and sales.
For specific breakfast dishes that are affordable to make, check out these Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas, Skillet Breakfast Nachos, Three-Ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites, and Italian Baked Eggs. All of these recipes will be sure to impress and satisfy your guests, and not break the bank!
A really cute idea is to have a table set aside as a "Mimosa Bar," in which guests can serve themselves drinks throughout the party. All you need is a bucket with ice and a couple bottles of cheap champagne (such as André California Champagne or Cook's California Champagne), as well as a couple (you don't need to go crazy with flavors) of juices, such as orange and pineapple.
For those guests who do not drink, you could provide fresh-brewed coffee (stores such as Marshalls, Big Lots, and TJ Maxx have many bags of seasonal and gourmet ground coffee for cheap), as well as iced water and plain juice.
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