Easy Brunch Ideas
Making a brunch menu doesn't have to be difficult or take hours of preparation – give these easy brunch menu ideas a try and start a sweet new family tradition!
This weekend as we needed a gentle break from the Quarantine Craziness at our house, we came up with just the sweetest fun family brunch ideas.
Last May, we were lucky enough to travel to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and absolutely loved all the amazing European brunches that we enjoyed along the way. We splurged and stayed at hotels that had amazing brunch recipes, but as I thought it through this weekend, they were really just simple meals to pull together in a pinch, and could be easily be prepped ahead of time to feed a bunch brunch.
That's when I came up with a few simple brunch menu ideas.
I went to Aldi.
Bought all the cheese.
And the crackers.
And the chocolate. 🙂
Sunday morning after church (at home watching our church's live stream during quarantine . . . ) I set out our Sunday Brunch.
Here are some of the yummy (if not totally traditional) brunchy foods that reminded us of our time in Europe:
Brunch Menu Ideas
- Cheese, meat & crackers tray (a poor-girl charcuterie tray, really!)
- Grilled sausage
- Fresh strawberries, grapes and bananas (but any fruit will do)
- Lemon bread
- Chocolate brioche
- Nutella (well, Aldi Beryhill version of Nutella – it tastes better to me!)
- Jam & Honey
- Assorted chocolates
We told our Alexa to turn on Oktoberfest music,
And our kitchen was simply transformed.
I even pulled out the photo albums from our trip to remember as we slowly enjoyed a longer time around our table.
And my smart son even thought to switch over to Edelweiss after the pretty awful German Polka Dance music. 🙂
None of that would have happened if we hadn't sat on a Saturday night, mulling over one more meal at home. (The pic below is my bunch playing cards on Saturday night ~ the way they looked when I left them to run to Aldi. These nights are long, but I'm loving watching them play cards each night!)
So even though I would never have chosen to be stuck at home with my bunch for days and days and days on end (um, weeks!), it sure did make for a fun way to try out some new brunch ideas.
And, some sweet-if-sometimes-trying-times too.
We decided next that we're going to have Italian night ~ on our list is also Chinese, Mexican, French & a Hawaiian Luau night.
Brunch Food Shopping List
Here's my “European Brunch” shopping list:
- frozen pancakes (just to make everything easy!)
- cheese assortment (I got the Savoritz 6 cracker assortment and it's perfect for an easy charcuterie tray)
- berryhill hazelnut spread (Aldi-brand nutella)
- havarti cheese
- gruyere cheese
- white cheddar cracker cuts
- smoked sausage
- chicken breakfast sausage
- lemon loaf cake
- assortment of chocolates (that was one of our favorite “treats” at the European brunches we enjoyed ~ they all ended with chocolate!)
If you're looking for some fun and easy Brunch ideas, these will work for you too! I think we might just turn this brunch idea into our new Sunday brunch routine. I'd love to hear what you've done to make meals during quarantine a wee bit more fun ~ I'm cheering for you!
Delicious Brunch Recipes
Looking to cook up some yummy brunch recipes to take it to the next level? These sweet and savory brunch recipes fit the bill perfectly:
If you're looking for a delicious, quick and easy casserole for a nice family meal, give this Crockpot Breakfast Casserole a try.
*This is one of the recipes in the Slow Cooker Meal Plan pack – so if you love set it and forget it dinners like this one – you'll love this menu plan! You get 12 WHOLE WEEKS of easy slow cooker meals your family will love – all for just $8.47 when you use code JOY at checkout 🙂
All you need for this sweet brunch staple are biscuits, brown sugar, and a few other things you probably have in your pantry!
I love that you can prepare this one ahead of time – and it's a frugal one too!
Looking for some easy muffin recipes to make for a yummy brunch? Here are 5 tried and true family favorites in my house! (the Blueberry Scone muffins are to die for!)
These cinnamon rolls are my kid's favorites. In fact, last night as I was baking them, my eleven-year-old sweet girl informed me that she expected me to make them for all of the guests on her wedding day.
Every Saturday for just about the last twelve years our family has made these Oh Boy Waffles. The recipe came from a 1969 Better Homes & Gardens cook book and is undoubtedly our favorite Saturday morning treat.
These are by far the best pancakes I've tried, and you can substitute if you don't have buttermilk!
If you're making a fancier brunch for Mother's Day or Easter – I just love this tablescape my friend Julie put together over on her blog!