Engagement Brunch: Toasting with Toast

We recently had the privilege of planning an engagement party for our friends Matt and Kerri whose parents had never met each other. While a typical wedding shower or party might take place on a weekend night, a Sunday brunch seemed like the perfect way to get everyone introduced and also celebrate the newly engaged couple. There are plenty of reasons why a brunch may better suit your guest list:

  • Everyone eats! As opposed to the awkward hour of 3pm, 11am has people lining up at your table. Whether early birds or late risers, everyone looks forward to the meal, and let's face it, there is no better ice breaker than a table full of food.
  • Variety! Prefer a sweet pastry in the morning, or bacon & eggs? Brunch is an easy way to offer an assortment of goodies that are by nature easy to prepare and inexpensive.
  • Drinks before noon? No matter if alcoholic, caffeinated or neither, brunch brings a refreshing mix of beverages not usually seen at showers.
  • There’s just something downright cozy about breakfast amongst family and friends.
Back to our party. We went with a yellow and gray color scheme. This combo has been popping up a lot online and in magazines and seemed perfect for a modern and unconventional bride. We were so bummed that Target (one of our go-to party supply shops) was all sold out of the perfect yellow and gray tablecloth! Luckily we had success at another fave shop, World Market, and found some printed napkins and a sarong (of all things!) to use on our table. From the windows, we hung homemade paper rosettes (see our tutorial) and finished the table with simple white dishes.

The food was the best part because everyone loves brunch. Serving and keeping everything warm can be somewhat of a challenge, so here is what we chose:

  • French Toast Casserole – Paula Deen’s recipe here at FoodNetwork. This was just as delicious as it looks and easy to keep warm for guests. Plus it can be made the night before!
  • Mini Frittatas – a play off of what are also called Egg Muffins or a crustless quiche. They are individually portioned, making them perfect for parties. They are also quick and easy to make with any ingredients you can dream up. We recommend doing a veggie option as well as a meat option.
  • Honey Baked Ham and all the fixin’s – for the lunch aspect of our menu we added a honey ham, turkey and deli cheeses for a make-your-own-mini-sandwich spread. Add some condiments and you’ve got an easy and satisfying lunch option.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad – We are firm believers in serving fruit. It’s a fresh, healthy, cool and beautiful addition to any table.
  • Mini powdered donuts – not the most healthy of breakfast options, but they do look adorable piled on top of a crystal cake stand.
  • Pigs in a Blanket - these savory bite-size faves tend to make appearances at not only brunches but cocktail parties too. They’re just so simple and tasty!
  • Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream – it’s always important to have desserts no matter what time of day, and the added espresso really hit the brunch spot.

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Let's not forget about drinks! We created a Build-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary bar complete with several garnishes, spices and "add-ins" so guests could make their drinks as spicy or festive as they please. We're always a big fan of DIY drink bars. It frees you up to be a hostess instead of just the bartender.

For those who are not Bloody Mary fans we set up a Champagne station with iced champers, orange juice, strawberry-peach juice, and frozen raspberries. Disposable champagne flutes are available at most party stores and added a little class to our morning soiree. Lastly, we did a coffee station with some fresh brew to keep everyone awake and partying!

What are your favorite brunch recipes? If you would like to host a shower like this, click here to download our Party Menu for a complete guide to everything you need.

Happy Planning,
Sweet and Sour Showers