Spring is full of so much beauty; the tulips peaking through the dirt and the fresh rainfalls bring a feeling of renewal.
This is reason alone to celebrate, and hosting an elegant, simple brunch seems like the perfect solution, especially when it comes to celebrating Easter. From food and drinks to decorations, hosting a spring brunch is a wonderful way to greet the changing season. The great thing about hosting a brunch is that it can be as laid-back and casual or as elegant as you like. The tips below are a happy medium. The dishes suggested are low-maintenance but deviate from the standard casserole-themed spread.
For an elegant and surprisingly easy menu, put together a crepe buffet for your guests. Make the crepes before your guests arrive so you aren’t stuck making them to order while your guests wait. To make it easy for everyone, layer the crepes between sheets of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. Lay out sweet and savory ingredients for guests to choose from to fill the delicate crepes. Devonshire cream and fresh berries, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, or Nutella and sliced bananas are all delicious and easy to put together. This way, you can spend time socializing with your friends rather than slaving away over the stove.
Bloody Mary Bar
No brunch is complete without the presence of a Bloody Mary. There are a surprising number of recipes out there and that lend themselves perfectly to a Bloody Mary bar. If you’re feeling extra creative, make recipe cards with suggestions for the best ingredient combinations. Otherwise, just set out the ingredients and let your guests have fun creating their favorite combination. Include wasabi, horseradish, green olives stuffed with blue cheese or jalapeños, pickle spears, gherkins, celery salt, lemon and lime wedges, bacon, Sriracha, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Feature spring vegetables for garnishes like scallions or chives, carrots (peeled, with greens attached for a dramatic effect), celery stalks, and red radishes (again, leave the greens attached). Use your imagination and bring your own twist to the selection! Another plus? Guests who aren’t interested in the alcohol can make theirs without.
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