My friend’s babies…sorry to disappoint any of my family reading ;)
I love brunch and breakfast foods. I also love entertaining friends with delicious food! However, other than Thanksgiving and our summer BBQ, I really don’t have people over as much as I’d like.
So, I invited some of my good friends over for a brunch!
If you’re not used to entertaining, I’d say a brunch is a good way to start. Most dishes are simple to prepare and there are lots of options that you can cook a head of time :) Breakfast foods also tend to be cheaper too!
I was even able to fit in a much needed manicure/pedicure…
AND a quick apple picking excursion, the day before the brunch!
It was the last weekend in September and I HAD to go apple picking! It’s my favorite fall activity EVER.
Unfortunately the usual cool sunny fall weekends of previous year’s apple pickings, was replaced with a hot HUMID post-rain day!
At least the crowds weren’t bad. But the humid stagnant air + being out amongst nature = mosquito fest 2011.
Another bad equation to factor in:
Post-pedicure lotioned legs + mosquitoes = mosquito MAGNET!
It was bad, I instantly got about 6 bites within 15 min. So we hurried up. Brian would fetch the apples and I’d stand with the bag constantly slapping those little bastards off my legs!
I felt much better when we were back in the car with AC, 1/2 bushel of apples, 1/2 dozen HOT cider donuts, 1 caramel apple, and a burger for Brian. Oh and the extra strength Benadryl cream I was slathering on my calves ;)
Back to Brunch.
Mimosa’s (brought by a guest)
Other juices (guest)
Coffee and Espresso drinks (me)
Pumpkin bread and banana bread (guest)
Mini lemon poppy seed muffins (guest)
Baked blueberry French toast (me)
Egg Bake with wild mushrooms, shallots, thyme, goat cheese, and gruyere (me)
Tomato Basil frittata (me)
Roasted red and sweet potatoes with onion and rosemary (me)
Have guests bring drinks and apps. In this case, I had some friends bring muffins/quick breads that people could snack on while they waited.
French toast casseroles like this usually have to be made a day in advance anyways so they can sit and absorb the liquid. These are always a crowd pleaser
Egg bakes/baked frittatas or quiches can also be baked ahead of time and just warmed up before serving.
I baked this on earlier in the morning.
Unfortunately potatoes can’t be cut too far ahead of time, so leave this until the morning of.
I bought some flowers, and my friend also brought a beautiful arrangement.
I also love using big bowls/vessels of seasonal fruits for decor (apple picking apples!)
I’ll be back with recipes. In the meantime here are some of my friend’s adorable babies!
I couldn’t believe there were FOUR little ones at my house today! Exciting and scary at the same time :)
So cute :)
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Once again, SO not ready to go back to work tomorrow…*sigh*
Speaking of brunch: What’s you're favorite brunch food to either eat or make!?