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Organizing a Christmas Season Brunch

Special Details and the Brunch Menu

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Little Touches to Add Merriment to the Festivities

  • Ask each family to bring a wrapped ornament to the party for an ornament exchange with the group.
  • Choose your holiday music in advance and have it playing when your friends arrive.
  • Spray your rooms with holiday scented room fragrances or burn holiday scented candles throughout your home. However, keep the scents out of the buffet area - let the food be it's own festive scent.
  • Hang mistletoe in strategic locations.
  • Prepare a special area for the children to play. Arrange a few holiday craft activities if the children are old enough to manage them. Or ask the children to plan a performance of Christmas carols to be sung after the meal.
  • Don't forget a special holiday centerpiece for your buffet table.
  • Add special holiday beverages to your menu, whether or not they include alcohol.
  • Send your guests home with a little favor you've made such as a cookie dough ornament or a little sachet of Christmas potpourri tied with a festive ribbon.

Note: The following menu can be adjusted for a large crowd ranging from 20 - 40 guests. Simply increase the quantities of bread items and the salad, and give multiple assignments of the casseroles to your friends, depending on number of guests anticipated.

A Christmas Season Brunch for a Crowd

Baked Ham in Champagne - An extremely easy recipe for your buffet.

Gravlax - Served with small slices of pumpernickel, chopped red onion, and capers.

Brunch Egg Casserole

Goose N Berry Inn Baked French Toast - As part of a buffet, this recipe will serve many more than the 6 that is indicated.

Hash Brown Casserole - This large size recipe will be great for feeding a crowd.

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Blueberry Streusel Muffins - Bake these in mini muffin cups and reduce bake time.

Assorted bagels, cream cheese, butter and preserves.

Honeyed Fruit Salad - The colors in the fruit make this a very festive looking dish.

Assorted holiday cookies.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake - You can't get more decadent for the holidays than this.

Coconut Layer Cake - Decorate with mint leaves and cranberries for an extra festive presentation. Assorted juices, coffee and tea.

English Christmas Punch - A festive, flaming punch from Colleen Graham, About Guide to Cocktails.

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