Planning a holiday brunch for your family? These tips will help you throw a perfect holiday brunch — without a lot of stress. This post is sponsored by my client La Terra Fina, but all opinions are my own.
On Christmas morning, after opening presents, my family will do something we’ve been doing for as long as I can remember: fill our special Christmas plates and dig into our traditional holiday brunch. It’s one of those things that is a must for our family celebration during the holidays. and though the menu has changed over the years, the spread is something we all look forward to — each with our own favorites.
Holiday Brunch Tip #1: Plan something for everyone
From the youngest member of the family to the oldest, there should be something for everyone on your Christmas brunch table. From healthy fruit dishes to decadent pastries, make sure there is at least one thing on the table that each family member loves. But here’s the trick: try to choose menu items that many love — that way you won’t have to plan or prepare 16 dishes.
Holiday Brunch Tip #2: Variety is the spice of the holidays
Yes, yes, yes, those holiday pastries sure do look good. But don’t fill your table with stollen, chocolate croissants, fresh donuts, cinnamon rolls and more … instead vary the selection. You don’t want the kids to run on a sugar high all day (and you don’t want to have a family belly ache either!).
Instead mix it up for a well-rounded meal. Pair that tasty pastry with a savory salad. Serve mimosas alongside a hot chocolate bar. And why not add in something like Broiled Grapefruit for a healthful option?
Holiday Brunch Tip #3: Keep it simple, simple, simple
On Thanksgiving you make everything from scratch and cook for days. But when it comes to holiday brunches, there’s no need to stress with days of cooking. Instead, keep it simple with a small but varied menu that includes easy items.
Hit your favorite bakery for pastries, make the salads (fruit or otherwise) ahead of time and say yes to ready to heat quiches — like the ones from La Terra Fina. Available in three varieties — Quiche Lorraine, Spinach & Artichoke Florentine and Cheesy Broccoli Quiche — these flavorful quiches are made with egg whites and are a tasty way to get a better-for-you option onto the table, without losing the taste. My kids and I recently tried the Quiche Lorraine and the Spinach & Artichoke Florentine and they were absolutely delicious. And guess what? They are available at Costco, among other retailers.
Holiday Brunch Tip #4: Treat yourselves … a little
On holidays, mixing up the healthful fare with the more decadent is a great way to treat yourselves during your celebration. So don’t be afraid to be a little decadent with your menu. After all — the holidays only come once a year!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Does your family have a special holiday brunch?