Call your friends up a few days in advance and invite them to your Christmas holiday brunch.
Let them know that the time is from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and stress that it is an informal meal. Remember to keep it simple by selecting an assortment of recipes for the main dishes that you can prepare a day ahead of time.
Decorate the table with seasonal reminders like cinnamon sticks and fresh herbs tied together and put on a plate with pinecones and other dried seedpods or greens to create a focal point. It looks great and the scent will fill the room.
Welcome your guests with champagne flutes filled with mimosas. It's a classic cocktail containing orange juice and sparkling wine. The orange juice makes it a perfect choice for a holiday brunch. It is also very economical since one bottle of wine can serve up to six people. Have juice available for the kids and the non-imbibers and plenty of good coffee.
Remember to put on seasonal music to add to the atmosphere and have your Christmas tree lights on. Buy inexpensive craft materials at your local dollar store and get the kids busy making Christmas-themed crafts.
At 11:00 a.m., it's time to eat. Heat and place the main dishes on the table before getting your guests seated.
Quiche, strata, and Christmas bread puddings are a few suggestions. Make sure that you have a cheese board, fresh fruit, breads, bagels, muffins, and jams. You might like to serve cold ham or smoked salmon. Make available a few garnishes like mustard and capers, too. Invite everyone to sit down and let your guests serve themselves.
After everyone has finished eating, suggest going for a walk to get some fresh air. The other option is to relax and catch up with each other's lives. You might go around the table and get everyone to share their favorite memory of Christmas, past or present. Sing carols.
Have a camera handy!
At around 3:00 p.m., it is time for everyone to get ready to go home. Christmas remains a very special time of the year and a holiday brunch is a great way to spend time with loved ones and to create new memories.
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