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What To Serve for Brunch at Home: 11 Crowd-Pleasing Ideas

Brunch is the most important meal of the day. It encapsulates everything that we love about celebrating life and leisure. Nothing says easy like a Sunday morning brunch—except when you’re the one in charge of brunch, and you have a crowd of hungry friends to feed. 

It’s not as easy as you may think. Don’t worry, though. That’s where we come in. 

If you decide to host brunch at your house, whether for convenience or quarantine-related reasons, you should keep a few things in mind. Brunch at home can either be a great decision or a disaster. It requires the same amount (if not more) of planning than an in-restaurant brunch would. 

You need to be prepared for whatever comes next. All the details, down to the color of the napkins, are your choice and your responsibility. Thankfully, you’re not alone in this brunch planning journey, and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves. 

Here at Ohza, we know brunch like the back of our hand. It’s one of our favorite things about life. If you are searching for what to feed your hungry guests, look no further. We have compiled the ultimate list of crowd-pleasing ideas to keep you and your brunch buddies going back for seconds… and thirds. 

Here are all of our favorite recipes to help you feed the masses for brunch. 

How To Serve Brunch at Home 

If you are looking for the best way to feed a large crowd in your home easily and efficiently, we’ve got you covered. A buffet-style layout is the best way to do brunch at home and keep your guests moving and satisfied. Having a buffet layout encourages guests to move around and mingle and helps you with the clean-up later. It’s just an overall easier way to serve food. 

Pls, guests who bring their own dishes to the brunch will feel more comfortable if their food is served in a buffet setting. Their dish adds to the display instead of taking away from it. You generally can’t go wrong with a buffet, and it’s the easiest way for guests to serve themselves and make sure they get plenty to eat. 

There are many ways you can make a gorgeous buffet table. It’s fairly easy to make a great display as functional as it is beautiful. You can dress it up or down depending on the vibe of the celebration. 

Set Up a Mimosa Bar 

One way to spice up brunch is by setting up your own mimosa bar for guests to come and go as they please. Put out pitchers of your favorite juices like orange juice, and add your favorite bottles of Champagne. Check out our article about building and decorating your own at-home mimosa bar for more tips and tricks.

You can also add tomato juice and vodka for a perfect Bloody Mary or have the makings for a bellini on hand.

Our favorite way to serve up mimosas is by setting out some cool cans of Ohza. It’s perfect for on-the-go celebrations and the ideal brunch buddy for your at-home brunch. 

Accept Help 

One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is accept help when offered to you. If your brunch buddies want to bake a meal and bring it to the function, let them. Brunch is a perfect time to share recipes and foods. This takes some pressure off of you as the host. 

It’s easy to get caught up in all the planning and the cooking that you forget all about the fun parts of brunch. Let your guests help you out so you all can enjoy and experience the best parts of brunch together. 

Brunch Meals: 10 Things To Make and Bake 

If you are hosting brunch and are trying to balance a thousand things at once, there are a few simple things you can do to make your life a lot easier. One of the best things you could do to save yourself some headaches is preparing your food the night before and baking or finishing it in the morning. 

From frittatas to breakfast pizza, these big batched brunch recipes are perfect if you are trying to feed a crowd without major stress. Here are some of our favorite recipes to make and bake while giving yourself a break. 

1. Breakfast Casserole

One of the easiest recipes to make ahead and bake the next morning is a classic breakfast casserole or strata. Depending on your preference, these can be savory or sweet and can feed a decent crowd. Try a casserole out as an egg dish with sausage, salmon, or potatoes, or use it as an opportunity to put some veggies in your brunch menu with tomato, spinach, and avocado.

This is one of the easiest dishes to whip up the night before and pop it in the oven as guests arrive. This saves you some time in the evening and ensures the food is hot and ready when your brunch buddies arrive. 

2. Bread Pudding 

For a sweet spin on the classic breakfast casserole, throw together a simple breakfast bread pudding. It just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to create this simple and sweet brunch food. Not to mention, a little bit goes a long way with bread pudding, and you probably will have leftovers. That’s always a plus. 

3. Sheet Pan Bacon 

Nothing says brunch like some fresh crispy bacon. Just the smell of it can make anybody’s mouth start watering. 

If you want bacon for your brunch but don’t want to worry about frying each piece individually, try baking it on a sheet pan. Not only does baking your bacon help keep it from getting too greasy, but it’s a great way to cook it all at once. 

4. Sheet Pan Pancakes 

Keeping with the theme of dessert for breakfast, a crowd-pleasing favorite is pancakes. 

For a busy, bustling brunch, the best way to satisfy a pancake craving is by making them in a big sheet pan. No more waiting for the griddle or waffle maker to heat up. Just pull this puppy right out of the oven and dig in. 

Serve these up with whatever ingredients suit your fancy, from lemon and ricotta to warm apples and honey to berries and cream. Just don't forget to load up on maple syrup and enjoy every bite.

5. Breakfast Pizza 

Ok, how about dinner for breakfast? Brunch can be dinner if you try hard enough, and our favorite way of doing that is with a breakfast pizza. It’s easy to pull apart and share, and you can customize it with all your favorite breakfast staples like bacon, eggs, and cheese. 

This is the ultimate crowd-pleasing brunch idea and will keep your guests fed and happy. 

6. Breakfast Egg Muffins 

One of the best grab-and-go breakfasts is a classic, old-fashioned muffin. 

A fun spin on this classic breakfast is a cheesy protein-packed egg muffin. Like a tiny quiche, you can easily bake off these egg muffins in a normal muffin tin and set them out on your buffet-style table for your guests to grab as they sip their mimosas and mingle. 

7. Overnight Oats 

For a fiber-rich treat that can be made in a variety of flavors, we recommend making some overnight oats. This is one of the easiest brunch meals you can make, plus you can big batch this recipe with no problem. 

All you have to do is combine all the oatmeal ingredients like granola, yogurt, and peanut butter together in a big bowl and leave it in the fridge overnight. 

8. Banana Bread

Trying to get rid of those rapidly browning bananas on your counter? Our favorite remedy for those is to whip up some banana bread. If nothing else, the smell of the banana bread throughout your kitchen is enough to get your mouth watering. Don’t be turned off by the darkened peel. When it comes to banana bread, the darker, the better. 

Banana bread is another one of those brunch ideas that goes a long way when feeding guests. It’s easily overlooked, but banana bread is a brunchtime classic that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, you can convince yourself it's healthier than other brunch pastries like cinnamon rolls, donuts, and crepes.

9. French Toast Casserole 

The best of both brunch worlds is this french toast casserole. It takes the convenience that you love of a casserole, combined with the cinnamon deliciousness of a classic french toast. 

Even better, this casserole is freezer-friendly and can be saved for brunches to come. Regardless if you enjoy it the next morning or two brunches from now, you really can’t go wrong with a french toast casserole. 

10. Breakfast Frittata 

One surprisingly easy brunch recipe is a frittata. The best part about frittatas is how they feel like a delicacy. However, they are actually so simple to make that you don’t need to save this recipe for a special occasion. 

Frittatas can be an everyday breakfast if you want it to be. Just whip up all the ingredients the night before and bake it the morning of your brunch. Easy-peasy. 

11. Savory Breakfast Pie 

Did someone say pie for breakfast? Yep, that would be us! A savory breakfast pie is perfect for sharing and celebrating. 

This recipe is so easy to make that you’ll be surprised you didn’t make a pie for breakfast sooner. It’s packed with flavor and protein that will be sure to feed your hungry guests and keep them satisfied.

Hostess With the Mostest 

Once you have all the tools and recipes to make brunch possible, it’s time to open your doors and let the guests in. Brunch is one of the best times around when it goes smoothly. Baking and making the food is only half the battle. Don’t forget to take a step back and enjoy the company and the food yourself through it all.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the planning and baking and lose sight of how wonderful the experience of brunch really is. Don’t forget to save yourself a plate and a glass of your favorite mimosa. Cheers! 

Sources: 

Recipe: Make-Ahead "Ham and Cheese" Breakfast Casserole | Kitchn  

Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon Recipe | Southern Living  

Breakfast Pie With a Hash Brown Crust | The Spruce Eats 

The Best Breakfast Pizza | The Country Cook  

Overnight Oats | Kitchn 

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole | Wishes and Dishes 

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