Festive Holiday Brunch

A Christmas holiday brunch is a fabulous way to entertain a small group of friends or family: it can be a relaxing event and it’s also a good time in the day for parents—small kids are much calmer in the morning. If you plan things right, you will spend less time in the kitchen and more time relaxing with your guests. Anytime during the festive Christmas season is a good day to host a holiday brunch.

Christmas breakfast stollen

Preparing for your Christmas holiday brunch

Call your friends up a few days in advance and invite them to your Christmas holiday brunch.

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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.

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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.

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Season's greetings

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.

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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.

Christmas crafts & decorating >>

Let's eat

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.

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After the brunch

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!

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Time to head home

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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Comments on "A Christmas brunch"

Mike December 20, 2010 | 5:18 PM

Terrific way to have a great time at your own brunch--for a change! I never get to sit down at my parties and this "traffic" flow diagram of a perfect brunch was a great help this year!

Marie Maughan December 16, 2010 | 6:58 PM

Great way to get together in hectic time.

Ingrid December 16, 2010 | 8:43 AM

Great article! Now I know how to make croissants (and to entertain) LOL

Lindsay garcia December 16, 2010 | 8:05 AM

Great article! Great ideas! Gives me a push in the right direction, I can always use new entertaining ideas! Thank you

anoymous December 16, 2010 | 7:57 AM


Martina December 16, 2010 | 7:48 AM

Great article! Well written, informative and full of insipring ideas.

DEborah Zdriluk December 16, 2010 | 6:18 AM

Lovely, well-written article, Gloria! Kudos! Sounds like you love Christmas...your creative spark's alight!

Daaniel December 16, 2010 | 5:46 AM

Keep up that great Writing!

Bazinga December 16, 2010 | 5:40 AM

Great article - got lots of ideas for this year's get-together. Never thought of having a brunch before! Thanks...

Fran December 16, 2010 | 3:58 AM

Great article! It sounds like a very stress free way to get together with some friends and family around this very hectic time of year. Thanks!

Sara December 16, 2010 | 3:16 AM

I look forward to each and every article you write! Thanks for sharing this!

anoymous December 15, 2010 | 11:20 PM

Great idea and sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks Gloria needed some new ideas for entertaining.

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