When I think of brunch, I think of food items that can translate to breakfast or lunch. They shouldn't be too heavy and everything should look beautiful and appetizing! I also have had to consider many types of diets with so many people. I have come up with a mixture of home cooked and also purchased items that I think will provide choices for everyone that they will enjoy and that will make everyone feel like this brunch satisfied their Easter holiday food expectations. I hope that you can find some ideas to add to your menu! These could also translate to a Mother's Day Brunch as well!
- Baked Ham sliced for sandwiches-Ham is just so versatile and such a traditional Easter menu item. But, we have some who don't eat it, so there are alternatives.
- Chicken Salad-Lindsey posted a great recipe for Chicken Salad a couple of years ago. It is a favorite with grapes and chopped apple. Sometimes I add a little curry to the spices.
- Fresh Fruit-melons, strawberries, etc. This is a no brainer, right? This is something that is easy to ask someone to bring.
- Deviled Eggs-These are required at any Reynolds' Family eating event! Lindsey posted a recipe for them last Easter!
- Cheese Platter-This can be for the sandwiches or just to enjoy with the fruit or alone.
- Vegetables and Dip-I saw a really cute idea that makes your vegetables look like a garden, with carrots in rows in the dip and maybe radish roses and some green onions. When I get mine made, I'll take a picture and show it to you.
- Carrot Cake Roll!-Go here to find out how to get this recipe!
- Coffee Cakes from the Bakery-These are a holiday treat I love to serve at Easter.
- Blackberry-Lemon Bars-To me, these just look like Easter! (or Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day, or any day)! That lemony sweetness is so bright and sunny with the sweet blackberries to set it off! If you haven't tried these bars yet, Easter is the perfect time to do so.
- See's Candy and various other Easter Candy treats-Many of these will be used in my decorating. Easter and Christmas are good reasons to splurge on See's Candy!
- My husband keeps reminding me that it is okay to assign things to others to bring. That does help a lot with both the budget and your sanity! People usually offer to bring something, so let them!
- Check in advance that you have enough platters and serving utensils, as well as eating utensils, glasses and napkins.
- I love to use my nice dishes rather than paper plates, especially when there will be so much food. But, if you prefer paper, get something sturdy and nice. Don't forget dessert plates as well!
- Set food out in stations! I put the main choices first and then the sides all around my island. On a separate counter I have a beverage station. Some things can go on the tables if necessary, such as the deviled eggs and crackers.
- Don't get so overwhelmed with the details that you forget the real reason we are celebrating. #BecauseOfHim.