Brunch Ideas and Recipes | Barbara Bakes (2024)

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My favorite daughter had my sweet, little grandson’s blessing at her church recently. We invited family and friends to join us at our house for a brunch following the service. We expected more than 40 guests, so Jenn and I spent lots of time in the kitchen baking up delicious food for the big day.

We made mini muffins so everyone could try each of the flavors. We baked two batches of three different muffins:Pumpkin Chocolate Chip,Banana Nut with Cranberries, andBest Blueberry Streusel Muffins. When we finished we’d made 18 dozen mini muffins and my freezer was overflowing with muffins. (One of these days I’m going to buy a second freezer.)

The muffins froze well, but the pumpkin and banana muffins were a little tacky on top after defrosting, so I put them on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler for a minute to reheat the tops. The mini muffins only took about 8 minutes to bake.

Bacon and Potato Frittatais a favorite breakfast of ours. We whipped up four of these frittatas the day before the blessing and double wrapped them in aluminum foil. I sent my husband home from church a bit early to pop all four of them in the oven at 350º for 30 minutes.

I was so impressed with how nicely the frittatas reheated. I had thought about freezing them, but Kalyn saidthe texture is better when it’s just refrigerated. Thanks Kalyn. They tasted freshly made and I didn’t have a slice left.

Next on our menu was Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits. I found aStrawberry Sauce for Yogurt, Ice Cream, Pound Cake & More!recipe on, which was posted by Kristen, Dine and Dish. We layered it with strawberry yogurt andtopped it with homemade granola.

I purchased four dozen mini croissants from Sam’s Club and served them with homemade strawberry and blackberry jam. We rounded out the menu with fresh fruit and juices.

It was a wonderful day and we feel so blessed to have this little angel join our family.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with great food and spent with those you love.

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More brunch recipes that would be perfect for the holidays:

Cinnamon Apple Candy Cane Kolache with Cinnamon Drizzle, Barbara Bakes
Baked Eggnog French Toast, Two Peas and Their Pod
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Cake, Vintage Mixer
Make-Ahead Baked Eggs with Bacon Mushrooms & Sage, Cookin’ Canuck
Pumpkin Granola, Food Finery
Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole, Barbara Bakes

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  1. Megan

    Barbara, that baby is adorable! I LOVE the picture. What a blessing indeed! 🙂 And the food looks beautiful. I think the tags make it so cool looking too. Great job!!!


  2. Deborah

    What a beautiful family! And everything looks so delicious. What a great brunch!


  3. Claudia

    The guest of honor is just beautiful! There’s nothing like a wee one during the holidays. I love how you feed a crowd (and 40 is a mini-mob). And especially thinking that the frittata needs to come to my house.

  4. Angie's Recipes

    What a sweet party!
    Merry Christmas to you & your family!


  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc

    awesome ideas as always!


  6. Bizzy Chaya

    Your daughter and family are all beautiful but baby wins, “the cutest”. Absolutely adorable.

    I am going to write down these recipes for the time I make a brunch. Brunch is my favorite meal and you have proven why.


  7. Katherine Martinelli

    These all look so wonderful! What great ideas. And what a beautiful family you have 🙂 Merry CHristmas!!


  8. Shelby

    Can I join your family? 😉 Looks like a wonderful family moment with some awesome food! Merry Christmas Barbara!


  9. Rocky Mountain Woman

    Hi Barbara,

    I just came by to say Happy Holidays. I can’t wait to see what you cook up for us next year!!!!!




  10. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    Your grandson is so adorable!
    Happy Holidays Barbara!


  11. jehanne@thecookingdoctor

    what a wonderful spread of lovelies..and your grandson is way too cute! Merry Xmas and hope u have a fab new year:-)


  12. Asmita

    What a lovely brunch and your grandson is super cute. The treats look delicious. Happy holidays.


  13. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww mum my “nephew” is so adorable! I love his expression. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas mum! Thanks for my wonderful Christmas present which I have been using to cook with today! xxx


  14. Natalie@DeconstructingTheHome

    Cute baby! Those fritatas look tasty! Thanks for the ideas!


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Brunch Ideas and Recipes | Barbara Bakes (2024)


What's a good menu for brunch? ›

What Is a Typical Brunch Menu?
  • Eggs Benedict.
  • Pancakes.
  • Waffles.
  • French toast.
  • Omelets.
  • Quiché
  • Belgian waffles.
  • Smoked salmon on a bagel.

How do you plan a simple brunch? ›

Brunching in Style

Start with lighter items like a fresh fruit salad or a creamy yogurt parfait. Follow it up with your main dishes, like a slow cooker casserole or a breakfast pizza topped with scrambled eggs and Italian sausage. Finally, end on a sweet note with fluffy pancakes or a delicious carrot cake.

What to prepare for a brunch party? ›

Consider serving fluffy pancakes, savory quiches, fresh fruit platters, and delectable pastries. Complement these with a selection of gourmet coffees, teas, and refreshing mimosas. Customize the brunch party menu to cater to various preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

What do you serve at a brunch reception? ›

Your options for brunches are endless from omelets, pastries, and crepes to fresh fruit, doughnuts, and bagel food stations. Have fun with your appetizers. Think about crab cakes, deviled eggs, chicken-and-waffle skewers, mini breakfast pizzas, or bacon planks (bite-sized sweet or savory foods wrapped in bacon).

How to set up a brunch buffet? ›

Tips for Setting a Buffet Table
  1. Vary the height. Just as you would vary heights with centerpieces, you should do the same with a buffet. ...
  2. Have a clear beginning. ...
  3. Identify dishes. ...
  4. Give some support. ...
  5. Save utensils for last. ...
  6. Position strategically. ...
  7. Use strategic layouts. ...
  8. Create an Instagram-worthy table backdrop.

What is brunch usually? ›

As a general rule, brunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. between the hours of the morning and the afternoon, between the hours of the morning and afternoon. Consequently, brunch can be viewed as a late breakfast or a late lunch, depending on your preferences.

How to throw an effortless brunch? ›

Tips for How to Host a Brunch
  1. Plan Your Menu Ahead of Time. We can't stress this one enough. ...
  2. Go Grocery Shopping Ahead of Time. ...
  3. Lay Things out the Night Before. ...
  4. Consider Going Paper and Plastic. ...
  5. Avoid Time-Consuming Recipes. ...
  6. Try a Self-Serve Bar. ...
  7. Opt for an Exciting Mix of Foods.

What to cook when hosting brunch? ›

Some Menu Ideas:
  • Black Forest Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole.
  • Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole.
  • Creamed Spinach with Baked Eggs.
  • Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole.
  • Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Egg Bake.

How to design a brunch menu? ›

Start by taking note of every single item that will go on your menu. Then, home in on popular dishes that cater to more casual tastes. Think eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, pancakes, waffles, etc. Beyond your standard list of brunch-favorite food and drinks, are there any specials or deals you can include?

How can I host a cheap brunch? ›

Skip the Fancy Foods

As long as you've covered the basics, there's no need to include an array of fancy foods. Salmon, avocado, and caviar are all foods that you can omit from your brunch menu. Though they may be delicious, they are often quite expensive and can throw you off the budget rather quickly.

How much food for a brunch party? ›

For a full breakfast or brunch, two entrées estimated at four ounces each per person, two side dishes at three to four ounces each per person and a selection of breads and pastries at one to two pieces per person should meet your requirements. Fruit is an attractive, healthy and practical breakfast or brunch dessert.

What to serve for a breakfast buffet? ›


Scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage, home fries, pancakes, French toast, Mini bagels, mini muffins, mini danish, mini croissants, pound cake, butter, cream cheese, jelly, maple syrup, coffee service, orange juice and paper service.

What defines brunch food? ›

noun. ˈbrənch. : a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch.


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