Sunday Brunch Fun: Four Things to Consider
Waking up on the weekends can be so much more relaxed than during the workweek. There might still be chores to complete, people to visit, and fun things you want to do with your favorite loved ones, but the timing and the pace is all up to you.
That’s one of the things that makes a late Sunday brunch so much fun. Research shows that you build your relationships as you relax and eat with your family, and it doesn’t have to be over a weeknight dinner. Why not build your own Sunday brunch tradition to reconnect with your loved ones in fun, easy ways? Here are four ideas to consider as you think about your brunch possibilities.
Who do you want to bond with?
If it’s strictly a family affair, you may not have to set a time to serve brunch. However, if you’re going to invite neighbors or friends, you’ll need to schedule a time when everyone can meet. Brunch should fall between breakfast and lunch. Ideally, midmorning gatherings are perfect for this.
What do you want to eat?
Cold cereal is probably out of the question unless it’s an accidental brunch because you slept in too late. You could try traditional breakfast foods such as pancakes or muffins. For a fancier setup, use a kitchen gadget such as a Krampouz electric crepe maker to make crepes or waffles. Serve a variety of fillings, such as ham salad, Nutella and bananas, or berries and whipped cream.
If your sweetie goes heavy on the breakfast meats, you might consider making an egg dish such as a quiche or souffle to help fill him up. Mix in some spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and sautéed mushrooms to sneak in a serving of veggies, and serve up a fruit salad on the side.
Are you inviting guests?
Make it a potluck, or ask them to bring their favorite light lunch foods to broaden the variety. If it’s just your family, consider setting out the leftovers from during the week. These make fun side dishes that take care of the lunch portion of brunch without any extra work.
How do you want to serve your brunch?
Sundays are the perfect days for recyclable paper plates. However, if you have guests, pretty dinnerware such as this Winterberry pattern from Pfaltzgraff is nice, too. Put fresh flowers on the table either way and make sure there is plenty of room for everyone to sit, chat, and eat together.
Layout all the food buffet-style so everyone can see what’s available. For younger children, you may want to let them pick their favorite foods as if they were ordering off a menu. Serve them blue-plate style, but let older children and adults dish up their own food.
How often do you want to host brunch?
For some people, Sunday brunch is a weekly thing. Others might reserve their brunch traditions for birthdays or holidays such as New Year’s Day or Easter.
Discuss what works best with your family and plan ahead, so when brunch day comes, you can relax and enjoy the moment as much as everyone else does.