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.