Keep The Festivities Rolling with a Post-Wedding Brunch!

Image Source: The Knot

Image Source: The Knot

The best way to prevent those post-wedding blues? Host a post-wedding brunch the morning after your big day! We love setting aside some time for you to continue the celebrations with your loved ones and hear their favorite parts about the previous day. This is a great way to thank your guests once again for making the haul to your event and an awesome send off for the happy couple as well. But how do you go about hosting the brunch? We’re breaking it down for you today.

Image Source: @brayanmess

Image Source: @brayanmess

Where do we host?

The most convenient option is to just host the event at your hotel, assuming that you reserved a hotel block and most people will be in the same location, or at least nearby! The bottom line is to keep it convenient for your guests to get to, especially if they traveled out of town for the event. If you’re having your reception at the same location, you may be able to work out some sort of package deal/discounted pricing. Keep this a nice casual event -- no need for seating charts or a theme here -- to recount the festivities together.

What do we serve?

The caterer or hotel staff will be able to walk you through your options here. Most likely, you’ll be able to select options for a buffet, or if it’s a smaller group, guests can pick right from the menu. This will vary depending on your venue, but everyone loves a good brunch, so don’t stress too much over the menu! Keep it simple with the traditional waffles, eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are always nice, but make sure you don’t forget the coffee, too!

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Image Source: @sanacateringmarbella

How do we know who’s coming?

This is a great thing to put in your invitations! Include all the details on location and timing for the brunch on a separate note in your invitations so that guests are aware it is happening. On your RSVP cards, include a box for them to check as to whether or not they plan to attend the brunch in addition to your ceremony or not. This will give you, and in turn your caterer/venue, the proper head count for that morning’s food. Make note: you do NOT need to invite everyone who was invited to the wedding! It’s perfectly acceptable to keep it small and just with your families and closest friends if that’s what you prefer.

What’s a good time to start?

You can set whatever window works for you (and your venue!). We typically think of brunch as something running from 10 am through 2 pm. If your reception and after party are running into the wee hours of the morning, you can always shift it back to an 11 am start time if you think that will be better suited for yourselves and your guests.

Spoil Your Mom with This Delish Mother's Day Brunch Line Up

It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is right around the corner! While everyone celebrates in different ways, we love to host a good brunch. After all, who doesn’t love brunch?! This year, we’re serving up a nice variety of sweet and savory, with Lemonade and Blood Orange Mimosas, a Parfait Bar, a Frittata Bar, and some sweet Blueberry Cake to finish things off.

Blood Orange Mimosas

Image & Recipe Source: Sugar and Charm

Image & Recipe Source: Sugar and Charm

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar or a sugar substitute (You can add more or less depending on how you like it!)

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blood orange juice

How to Make it:

Pour equal parts blood orange lemonade and Champagne into each glass. Garnish with a blood orange slice.


Your Parfait Bar

Image Source: Mols Designs

Image Source: Mols Designs

What You’ll Need:

  • Various fruits, our picks are:
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Blackberries
    • Bananas
    • Cherries
  • Granola
  • Yogurt (flavor and kind of your choosing)

How to Make it:

Provide bowls and spoons for everyone and let them go to town layering their yogurt and fruit for a light and healthy option.


Your Frittata Bar

Image & Recipe Source: Family Fresh Meals

Image & Recipe Source: Family Fresh Meals

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 eggs (or for a lighter version – 6 eggs and 4 egg whites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • A variety of add-ins such as:
    • Diced Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Broccoli
    • Peppers
    • Spinach
    • Cheese
    • Tomatoes
    • Onions
  • Non-stick Spray

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep any add-ins you are going to use. Make sure all meat is already cooked. It’s also best to cut things into small pieces so you don’t have huge chunks sitting in your frittata.
  2. Whisk together eggs, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray. Fill each muffin tin 2/3 the way full with beaten eggs. Add in a couple teaspoons of your favorite add-ins.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 20 - 22 minutes (check them at 20 and then keep an eye on them) The frittatas should look puffed up, but set in the middle. Once you remove them from the oven to cool, they will flatten out.
  5. Note: These can be stored in the fridge for 3 days to be reheated for breakfast later in the week!

Your Blueberry Cake

What You’ll Need:

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

For the Blueberry Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries

For the Buttermilk Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For the Oat Crumble Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

How to Make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a standard 12-cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with flour.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla.

  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and buttermilk, alternating each, until all incorporated.

  4. Finally beat in the lemon zest before turning the mixer off. Use a spoon the stir in half the blueberries.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and sprinkle the remaining blueberries over the top. Bake for 60-80 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. DO NOT try flipping the cake any earlier than 20 minutes, or the cake will stick. Promise! Waiting 30+ minutes is safer.

  7. Once the cake is cooling on the rack, mix the oat crumble. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and pinch with your fingers to blend the ingredients and break into small pieces.

  8. Sprinkle the mixture over a baking sheet and bake in the heated oven for 5-10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before proceeding.

  9. For the glaze, whisk the buttermilk and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and immediately sprinkle the oat crumble over the top of the cake before the glaze dries.

Mother's Day Brunch

Image Credit:  Honestly Yum

Image Credit: Honestly Yum

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you lovely women out there! To honor your mother for all of her hard work and unconditional love on this special day, treat her to a fun Mother’s Day brunch! Make sure her mug is full of fresh coffee, or spice things up with a bubbly mimosa, and prepare her one of our favorite brunch items: french toast! Check out these fun variations on the classic recipe below!


Recipe by:  Hungry Couple

Recipe by: Hungry Couple

Image Credit:  Hungry Couple

Image Credit: Hungry Couple

Ingredients (2 Sandwiches)

  • 1/2 lb. (Approx. 8 strawberries), hulled and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 Slices brioche or challa bread
  • 4 oz. Cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/4 Cup whole milk or half and half
  • Butter for sauteing
  • Powdered sugar for serving

Instructions

Add the sliced strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a bowl and let sit for about 15 minutes to macerate.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Spread the mixture equally on each slice of bread, spoon two of the slices with about a quarter of the sugared strawberries each and top with the remaining slices of bread.

Beat the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl and dip both sandwiches into the mixture. Turn over and dip the other side as well.

Melt butter in a large skillet and add the dipped sandwiches. Saute for a few minutes on each side until the bread is a light golden brown. Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Recipe by:  Taste of Home

Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 slices day-old sandwich bread
  • Optional toppings: butter, maple syrup, fresh berries and confectioners' sugar

Instructions

In a shallow dish, whisk together first five ingredients. Preheat a greased griddle over medium heat.

Dip bread in egg mixture, allowing to soak 30 seconds on each side. Cook on griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with toppings as desired. Yield: 6 servings.