Since the beginning of time we have tended to gather together for the evening meal; typically on a Friday or Saturday. The idea of entertaining friends and family for dinner has been an institution for most of us.
The institution of brunch has also been around forever, and I admit that I have always enjoyed the idea. One of my favorite ways of entertaining at home is...brunch. However, many of us think that brunch can only take place in a crowded restaurant at 11:00 am on Sunday, with servers and cooks exhausted from the service the night before, handing out menus with food that is overpriced and rather underwhelming in the food department.
We have all had our watered down Mimosa or Bloody Mary along with thrown together eggs benedict that are neither fresh nor hot. They always say that they make it fresh. But we know that more often than not it comes in a jar and they microwave it.
Okay, so why not have your own! For less than what a group of six would pay in a restaurant, you can have a beautiful, delicious brunch in your own home!
I love brunch foods, but I have to admit, as someone who loves to eat I am seldom satisfied with brunch food.
I love nothing more than a lovely meal and drinks with friends. Spring is such a great time for Brunch. It is also a great idea for Easter. For years I have given an Easter brunch, just a small group of friends on the porch, and a nice Easter egg hunt for the kids...and the adults too.
Why is a brunch so fun? Well, first off you get people when they are rested and relaxed, including you! The foods can be prepared easily and you don’t have to worry about all those guests staying until midnight, and still waiting to do the dishes. So make a special brunch that your friends will remember with a few little tips.
Have a sunny romantic spot, either outdoors on a deck, on a porch, or in a room with lots of windows. Set up a simple table, and keep it small, 8-10 people really make it fun, and still affords conversation that isn’t segmented.
Keep the table simple! Flowers: I love a bunch of wild flowers, daffodils or lilies at Easter or for any spring event. No, lilies are not just for funerals. Also, use assorted flowers with lots of color. You can use simple china, mix and match, and if you want to have less fuss, you can of course, always rent your tableware from Taylor Rental/Party Plus!
We have everything you could possibly need for your Easter brunch.
The key is to make it simple, clean and elegant. Have a signature cocktail. Go outside of the box! Instead of the typical mimosa use guava juice, or papaya mixed with your Champagne or Prosecco. Bloody Mary’s are nice, but so are Margarita’s with brunch.
Have a nice rosé or a lovely Côte du Rhone to serve for your wine choices. I love the pastels with spring, the Easter eggs, baskets, all can work so well for centerpieces for Easter. One can also just arrange a simple glass bowl of citrus fruit; one of the best centerpieces.
For the menu, here is an easy recipe for Eggs Benedict...so easy and still fresh and homemade.
EGGS BENEDICT Serves 8
- 8 slices ham, or use smoked salmon.
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 4 English muffins. split, toasted, and buttered
- 6 eggs
- 6 egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup hot, melted butter
- Sauté the ham slides in the butter for 2 minutes.
- Place the ham on English muffins.
- Poach the eggs in simmering water in a frying pan (a splash of white vinegar will help keep them together).
- When set, remove with a slotted spoon and place on ham.
- Whirl egg yolks, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a blender on high for 30 seconds.
- Uncover and continue to blend on high while slowly adding the melted butter in a thin, slow stream.
- When the sauce is thick and creamy, pour over eggs and serve.
Add to this a nice mixed fruit salad, or a salad of mixed greens and you are all set! For dessert, try some mixed fruit tarts or some Easter chocolate bunnies!
We at Taylor Rental Party Plus wish you the Best Easter! Here is to welcoming Spring!