July 21, 2011
Planning a Brunch Menu
Last year, I hosted a ladies brunch for the women in my family. It was a huge hit, so I recently decided that I would hold the brunch again this year. I plan to host the brunch every year if the women in my family continue to enjoy it.
A brunch, to me, is feminine in nature. So, it makes perfect sense to make this occasion ladies only. Plus it’s a great excuse for the generations of women in my family to all get together. We range in ages from 75 to 18.
The brunch will be in the fall (same as last year) and will be themed (more on that later).
The menu was one of the most difficult pieces of the puzzle for me to nail down last year. In the end, though, it all came together beautifully, and I’ll be using some of the same dishes this year. Such as:
- Homemade biscuits with some not-your-ordinary, fruit jams (peach, blueberry, etc.)
- Cheese platter of assorted cheeses and crackers
- Mom’s cider
- Blushing apples (These can bee seen in photo below.)
I’m trying to decide if we should go meatless, and the more I think about it, the more I’m leaning toward yes. The women in my family, myself included, hardly eat any meat at all, so it makes sense. I tried a sausage casserole last year, and it wasn’t a huge success. I had thought about cooking slices of bacon, but I’d really rather not try to cook breakfast meat the morning of the brunch. It’s anyone’s guess where I’ll end up on this one.
I find that cooking the morning of a brunch is not something to be taken lightly. I prefer to cook only one or two dishes that morning that were preferably prepared the evening before. Everything else for a brunch should only require assembly the night before or the morning of. For instance, I’ll have the cheese plate ready to go with the exception of the fruit and crackers the night before. Those will be added the morning of.
I want to include more pastries this year with the addition of some flavored butters. Perhaps honey? Or Pioneer Woman’s berry butter? I lean toward the honey, but we’ll see.
I’m also toying with the idea of setting up a mocktail mimosa bar. My family may not drink alcoholic beverages, but I’m sure they would enjoy putting together fun mocktails. Plus with inspiration as pretty as this, who could resist? (Read full article from inspiration picture here.)
I’ve still go t a long way to go planning this brunch, but I’ll keep you posted a long the way. I have a lot of fun ideas for table settings, invitations, decorations and games that I can’t wait to share!