Guest Post: Hosting a killer brunch

I am so excited to have some fantastic guest bloggers helping me out while I tend to our new little bundle of joy.  Up today is Kim from NewlyWoodwards who seriously can do it all.  I’m not sure how she has the time to do it, but this girl rocks in gardening, crafting/sewing, cooking, DIYing and renovating.  And when I say renovating, I mean she and her husband renovate real houses with their own two hands while they work full time jobs.  Amazing.

Here’s Kim on two of my favorite topics…entertaining and eating brunch:

Hey there, hi there, ho there, Domestic Adventures readers! I’m Kim from NewlyWoodwards. I’m so excited to be filling in for Erin while she’s snuggling up with her little bambino.

I’ve got big oven mitts to fill. And not because Erin has large hands. She’s just one heckuva gal, who can bake a cake, decorate a room or host a party faster than you can say, “Martha who?”

I like to think that Erin and I are sisters from another mister. And, that maybe she’ll rub off on me if I read enough of her posts. (Is that even possible?)

But, even so, I’m going to share some details from our annual Boxing Day brunch. We invite our families for a simple after-Christmas meal at our home, because we don’t host for the holidays.

I’m a huge fan of the brunch. Why? People love breakfast food. You can do almost everything ahead of time. And it’s more casual than a dinner party.

But, don’t think you can only host it over the holidays. A brunch is a great way to get together with family and friends at any time of the year. So pick a date on your calendar and invite a few of your friends.

So with that, here are a few of my tips to host a brunch get-together that is fun and yummy for you and for your guests.

Think through your invites.

I know you are excited and you want to invite everyone you know. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) But, think through how many people you invite. I limit our brunch to only immediate family. This makes it doable and fun. Not impossible and stressful.

Inviting two or three couples can be more fun than inviting a huge group. It also allows for more interaction. I’ve hosted gatherings with so many people that I didn’t even have the chance to talk to everyone.  What fun is that?

Cook less than you think.

For a breakfast, you can get away with less. I am notorious for overcooking and ending up with enough food for a month, but I’ve gotten smarter over the past three years.

My menu this year: Sunrise Breakfast Casserole

Paula Deen’s Baked French Toast  with Praline Dressing

Breakfast Sausage in a Blanket (let’s just say that my brother won’t come to my house if I don’t make these).

Fresh strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe with Fruit dip

This was more than enough. I strive for at least one savory item and one sweet item along with a few different drink options – I chose OJ, milk and hot tea for my group. This combo will give you more than enough food to host 10-12 people.

Don’t wait until the last minute.

I’m not a morning person. So, I do EVERYTHING ahead of time. By the night before, I’ve picked up the house, set the table completely and gotten all the food prepared. I assemble the casseroles and cut all the fruit in advance.

What does this mean? It means I have time to throw the casseroles in the oven, put the fruit and dip out on the table, pour drinks and take a shower. It’s nice to look presentable when your guests arrive. (Not that I’ve ever had to go sans shower because I was too busy getting last-minute stuff finished.)

So, what are you waiting for? Set a date and host a killer brunch. And, feel free to stop by NewlyWoodwards anytime, to keep up with our adventures in home renovations, cooking, DIYing, gardening and more.

What are your tips for hosting a fab gathering?

Thanks, Kim!  Here’s hoping some of your skills rub off on me via blog posts!  Now, who’s hungry!?  I certainly am.


  1. guess my invitation must have got lost in the mail?

    everything looks amazing!! and spoken from somone who cooks a big breakfast almost every single day … you hit the nail on the head!

    and i LOVE paula deens french toast! yummmmy! (and super healthy, right? – butter is good fro you, right?)

    loved your guest post!!

  2. Shannon says:

    Seriously…my invite must have gone the way of Michael’s??? This looks amazing, thanks for the plan and the recipes…I never thought of doing sausages in the blankets! Genius! I totally want to have a brunch now…it’s hard to get my friends together…they can’t say no to a Sunday morning right? Excellent guest post Kim!

  3. Felicity says:

    I love everything about brunch, and right now I wish I had a big piece of baked french toast. Perhaps I should find a diner for lunch today :) Erin, if you’d like another guest post to add to you line-up I’d love to write one for you!

  4. Coach A says:

    Awesome guest post! I am definitely going to have to try that Sunrise breakfast casserole! Looks delicious, and I love that you can put it together in advance. I see a brunch in our future… Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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