Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s morning with a few of these holiday brunch recipes that are perfect for a small gathering. From side dishes and main meals to drinks and sweet treats, this list is sure to help you pull off a fabulous mid-morning feast!
Brunches are usually associated with large gatherings. In fact, it’s one of my favourite meals to host for a large crowd, especially around the holidays. There’s just so much variety in brunch dishes. Since it tends to straddle breakfast and lunch, it’s fun to offer a mix of recipes that cover both meals. I also love the laid back atmosphere of brunches, with free flowing mimosas and coffee and relaxed conversation.
This year, our brunch gathering won’t be a large gathering, so I’ll be scaling things back and preparing fewer dishes for a much smaller crowd.
And, since most of us are in the same situation, I thought I would share 14 of my favourite holiday brunch ideas that are great for a smaller celebration. Some of them are small batch recipes, serving 2-6 people, while others are scaleable simply by halving the recipe.
Most importantly, they’re all delicious, so you’ll want to add a few of these festive recipes to your holiday brunch menu this year!
Tips for hosting a holiday brunch
- Keep things simple: Focus on preparing one main dish, like a quiche or casserole, and build a few side dishes around it. No need to go overboard, especially if you’re having a small group of people.
- Have a mix of sweet and savoury recipes: Some people enjoy sweet brunches and others go for savoury, so I like to balance it out by offering a little of both. This could mean a french toast bake with bacon and hash browns, or it could be a savoury quiche with fruit and pastries on the side.
- Prep recipes in advance: Make ahead casseroles can be assembled at night and baked in the morning, so try to go with those where you can. You can also make muffins and breads weeks in advance and freeze them. For other recipes, you can prep ingredients the day before, like cutting up fresh fruit or chopping veggies for a quiche.
- Set your table the day before: It might seem like a small thing, but having your table set in advance is one less thing to worry about the morning of your brunch.
- Use counter appliances to save oven space: Ovens run out of space quickly. And when you’re trying to keep everything warm for serving guests, timing is key. That’s why I utilize my toaster oven, microwave and even air fryer where I can. It helps me cook or reheat side dishes while the oven handles baked goods and main dishes.
- Have non-alcoholic cocktails available: While mimosas are a popular beverage choice for brunch, it’s always nice to have a non-alcoholic version for people who are driving or opting not to drink.
- Have your coffee brewed for when guests arrive: I hope I’m not in the minority when I say plenty of coffee is essential for a brunch. So make sure you have a pot ready to go for people when they arrive. And if you’re making specialty lattes or other warm drinks, make sure you have things ready to go for those too.
- Relax and enjoy the good food and company!
If you make any of these recipes during the holiday season, I’d love to know which ones you tried in the comments below!