With so many things to celebrate this spring, it’s no wonder hosts and hostesses everywhere are gearing up to serve some delicious brunch fare. Whether setting the table to celebrate Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, or another holiday, there’s plenty of inspiration for entertaining this season. If you’re still looking for the springtime muse to strike, you’ve come to the right place.
Brunch and all the entertaining that goes with it can take on varying flavors. Maybe you want to host something outdoors because the sun is shining and you just can’t get enough of the backyard birdsong. Maybe fancy is more your flavor. Or maybe a casual potluck with friends is what you have in mind. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to make sure your guests feel welcomed and that you can all enjoy the tastes of spring together!
One great way to ensure your brunch is fantastic is to rely on local farms for your produce. Springtime in Indiana brings an abundance of lovely and flavorful foods, such as asparagus, spinach, lettuces, and radishes, to name a few. Head over to your local farm store or make a sweep at the farmers’ market a few days before your brunch to ensure the produce you serve is fresh and delicious.
Set the scene
Ensure your guests feel extra welcome by creating a beautiful space for your brunch. Bring nature indoors by adding spring flowers to your table. Decide on a few colors on which you’d like to concentrate and use a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and plates to create a colorful tablescape. Pastels and lighter colors are usually a great choice for this time of year, especially when they’re highlighted with an accent of bright pink or yellow from a bouquet of fresh tulips or daffodils.
Find a lineup of great recipes
Now we are getting down to the heart of it: the food. What you serve at your brunch will most likely be the highlight of the gathering, so choose wisely. This doesn’t mean sweating over a stove for hours. Brunch dishes can be, thankfully, quite easy to whip up, especially an egg dish that can be prepped the night before and popped into the oven the morning of. Check out these recipes for unforgettable and show-stopping brunch fare.
For an easy-peasy main course. This Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyére and Egg is a simple dish that packs a punch. If you know how to make an egg over easy, then you know how to make this delicious concoction. For something a bit sweeter, try these Easy Crepes. You can fill them with berries, other fruit, or even some roasted veggies to make things interesting. Or, a crepe bar where your guests can choose their own fillings is sure to have them smiling with full and happy bellies.
Something a little more complicated. If you want to look like an award-winning chef without too much hassle, whip up this delicious Crescent Breakfast Tart. The best part about this dish is that you can customize your ingredients to match everyone’s taste buds. For a similar effect, you can go for the tried-and-true brunch choice: Quiche Lorraine. Purchase a frozen pie crust to make this an even easier recipe to whip up for your guests.
All the sides you can imagine
Sides are just as important to a brunch as the main dish. Salads make a great addition to anything egg-based since they offer something light and refreshing. But serving a salad doesn’t mean you just chop up iceberg lettuce and hope for the best. Try this Citrus Salad with Fennel and Avocado for something healthy and light that your guests will never forget. If you want a classic pairing, go for this Light Strawberry-Spinach Salad with a simple red wine vinaigrette dressing. Make sure to add some fun cocktails, punch, or a tea and coffee station to round out your menu.
Hosting a springtime brunch is a great way to celebrate the bounty of the season with friends or family. Make it your own by incorporating fun and delicious recipes using local ingredients when you can. Then, add some personal touches to your home and tablescape to create just the right atmosphere. Here’s to the spring season and all of the beauty it brings!