Kick off the New Year with delicious food and a group of close friends by hosting a New Year’s Day brunch. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We’ve got the perfect guide to hosting a stress-free brunch (so you can focus on sipping mimosas all day long).
Check out these tips, recipes and suggestions that will keep your New Year’s Day Brunch going smoothly.
Plan Your Menu Strategically
Plan your menu strategically so you don’t spend the whole morning frying eggs, and instead spend more time with your guests. Skip the fried eggs, omelets, hash browns, and pancakes. Stick to making only one item on the stove top and cooking everything else in the oven. Most of our recipe suggestions can be made the night before and reheated in the oven on New Year’s morning. Lastly, make sure your brunch spread includes these brunch essentials: eggs, pastries, and drinks!
You can’t have brunch without eggs. Easy alternatives to fried eggs and omelets are frittatas, quiches, scrambled eggs, and casseroles. We recommend this breakfast casserole with bacon which uses frozen puff pastry and is filled with savory custard. Craving more bacon? This easy clean-up candied bacon recipe produces four whole servings of crispy bacon. If you’re feeling adventurous, try these farmers breakfast deviled eggs topped with fried potato sticks. These easy breakfast egg muffins are the perfect egg dish for entertaining a large crowd.
No one wants to get up at 6am New Year’s Day to bake muffins. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with this baked blueberry French toast that you can prepare right before leaving for your New Year’s Eve festivities. Another delicious option is Aunt Anne’s coffee cake which you can make days ahead, freeze, and defrost overnight. Or you can even opt for a healthier option with a seasonal fruit salad comprised of apples, grapefruits, pears, and pomegranate seeds for a pop of color. In the mood for a savory pastry? Try these jalapeño-cheddar scones that are sure to give a kick of flavor to your brunch spread.
Brunch would not be complete without cocktails. Round out your menu with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We recommend this quick two-step cold brew iced coffee recipe so you don’t have to worry about keeping the coffee warm. Dress up boring iced water with a few slices of lemon or cucumber. As for brunch cocktails, you can stir up anything from mimosas to bloody marys. Save yourself the trouble and get your friends to bring a bottle or two to brunch.
Prep, Prep, and Prep
Now that you’ve set your perfect, stress-free menu, the next step is to prep! Go through each recipe and create a grocery list so that you aren’t frantically running to the grocery store at 8am. Cut, peel, and whisk all the ingredients a couple days before to save yourself the time on New Year’s Day.
Décor & Table Settings
The fun and tricky part of hosting anything at your home is getting the décor right! The first step is choosing a color palette. We recommend pastels (mint, pink, and fuchsia) paired with gold or champagne. An easy way to add a pop of color to your brunch spread is to buy fresh flowers. Tulips, lillium stargazers, and white gardenias are currently in season.
Minimize your post-brunch cleanup with these disposable clear plastic tableware sets and give your brunch cocktails the glasses they deserve with these gold glitter plastic champagne flutes. Spare yourself the trouble of explaining what each dish is by printing out these cute dish labels. Lastly, make sure to set your table the night before so you aren’t scrambling to count forks in the morning.
Relax & Enjoy!
Now that you’ve planned, prepped, and decorated the perfect New Year’s Day brunch, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. So go on and enjoy a mimosa or two with your guests.
Want to revamp your home for the New Year? Check out our preparation tips for refreshing your space for winter.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a Christmas movie marathon! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas movies of all time. So grab your Santa hat and a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy these classics with your family and friends at home!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
A Christmas movie list would not be complete without mentioning Santa’s ninth reindeer, Rudolph! This Christmas stop-motion animated television special, originally aired in 1964, is the longest-running holiday special ever. The special features a red-nosed reindeer that was teased by all of Santa’s other reindeers. On one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa asked him to guide his sleigh with his shiny, red nose, and all the reindeer loved him afterwards.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
The movie follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, who discovers a portal to Christmas Town and is filled with Christmas cheer. Tired of celebrating the Halloween every year, Jack plots to bring Christmas to Halloween Town by abducting Santa. Posing as Santa, Jack plans to deliver ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning, but alas, things don’t go according to plan.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 & 2000)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about a green, grumpy hermit who lives on the outskirts of Whoville. Fueled by his hate for the inhabitants of Whoville and Christmas, the Grinch plots to ruin Christmas by stealing the Whos’ trees, presents, and Christmas food. This heart-warming story can be seen in both a stop-motion television special (1966) and in a live-action feature film (2000).
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they find the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown, disillusioned by the materialism of Christmas, goes on a journey to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Lucy suggests to Charlie Brown that he direct the neighborhood Christmas play, which he ultimately fails at. Instructed to get a Christmas tree for the play, Charlie Brown chooses a forlorn little fir tree which receives immediate ridicule by the Peanuts gang.
A baby orphan named Buddy stows away in Santa’s sack and is adopted by Papa Elf in the North Pole. Realizing that he isn’t cut out for elf duties and that he is actually a human, Buddy sets for New York City to reconnect with his biological father. Buddy has trouble adjusting to the cynicism of New Yorkers and works to spread Christmas cheer to his family, saving Christmas in the process.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
This animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol story is a story about a rich Victorian-era miser who refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his only employee terribly. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on an eye-opening journey by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come where he is faced with a choice between redemption or death.
White Christmas (1954)
Popularized by the song White Christmas, the movie features singer Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as they partner up in hopes of becoming a successful song-and-dance team. They are introduced to a female song-and-dance act who they become romantically involved with. After finding out that their old commanding officer’s inn is failing, the song-and-dance duos team up to save the Vermont Inn.
Feeling extra festive? Check out this list of Top 100 Christmas Movies.
Award-winning Homebuilder Expands Inland Empire Presence with Introduction of 114 New Townhomes
Newport Beach, Calif. (December 15, 2017) – Trumark Homes, the national award-winning California homebuilder, has commenced construction on 114 new townhomes at Centerhouse in Ontario, California. As the company continues its Southern California expansion, Centerhouse is the latest example of Trumark’s commitment to bring housing at affordable price points to markets experiencing the greatest supply and demand imbalance. Trumark Homes is also offering homebuyers at Centerhouse, through their preferred lenders, creative financing programs that provide up to five percent grants/gifts for down payment assistance on conventional and FHA loans.
“The Inland Empire is primed for continued growth and Trumark Homes is proud to grow our footprint in this desirable market bringing much-needed entry-level housing product to a region that has experienced tremendous demand,” said Richard Douglass, Southern California Division President at Trumark Homes. “The initial response to Centerhouse has been extremely encouraging and we are confident that the homes will be quickly swept off the market once sales launch thanks in part to our creative financing program putting the dream of home ownership in reach for many.”
Situated on 7.8 acres, Centerhouse will comprise 114 attached two-story townhomes and flats ranging in size from 1,430 square feet to 1,946 square feet in three-plex and six-plex style buildings featuring a contemporary craftsman architectural style. Each home will be designed with two-car garages and select homes will comprise private rear yards and/or large private balconies. Centerhouse will also boast rich community amenities, including a pool and a walking paseo that stretches through the middle of the community. Sales are anticipated to launch in January 2018 with model homes slated to debut in spring 2018. Centerhouse is located at 2324 S. Euclid Avenue in Ontario.
Trumark Homes has a robust portfolio in Southern California comprised of six new home communities, including Tribella in Santa Ana, Bristol and Founders in Chino Hills, Lewis + Mason in Anaheim and Upcoast in Costa Mesa, all of which are at various stages of development. Trumark Homes has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at The Nationals Awards and Building Industry Association (BIA) for the Excellence in Home Building Awards.
About Trumark Homes
Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TrumarkHomes.com
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to start planning for your family’s winter vacation. What better way to spend winter break than a snow day? Hit the slopes at one of these affordable, family-friendly ski resorts.
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (2.5hr drive from Dublin, CA)
This smaller ski resort is perfect for skiers of all levels. Save time by arriving early to the resort and getting your gear fitted the night before. Dodge Ridge also offers reasonably priced private lessons from one of their many friendly instructors.
Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort (2hr drive from Chino Hills & Santa Ana)
A Southern California local favorite, Big Bear Mountain is the ideal resort for a weekend getaway with the family. With nearby hotels and cabin lodging starting at just $100/night, a short winter vacation at the Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort is an affordable and convenient choice for any family.
Mt. Baldy Resort (1hr drive from Chino Hills & Santa Ana)
Can’t stay the weekend? No problem. Located only an hour drive away from Orange County, the Mt. Baldy resort is the perfect place for your family’s winter day-cation. Mt. Baldy is the spot for tubing, zip lining, hiking, and scenic lifts.
Now that the resort is taken care of, here are a couple of packing and driving tips to prepare your family for their snowy activities.
- Layers, layers, layers!
- Waterproof and insulated jackets, pants, and gloves for skiing
- Warm jackets, sweaters, and hats for casual winter fun
- First aid kit and hot packs for hands and feet
- Sunscreen and eye protection to protect you from the harmful UV rays reflected off the snow
- Check the weather forecast prior to booking your reservation.
- Get a complete vehicle checkup to ensure that all your car’s systems are working properly.
- Buy snow chains and learn how to put them on from this quick video tutorial.
- Pack an emergency winter driving kit.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly, as this is the best method for gaining and regaining traction.
- Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full and your battery fully charged.
- Avoid the expensive rental prices at ski resorts by looking for nearby rental shops on the way to your resort.
Trumark Homes’ community Bristol in Chino Hills, California wins the 2017 Pubby Award for Community of the Year and introduces three distinct product lines at affordable prices.