Four Ways to Host the Perfect Weekend Brunch
Mar 11th, 2016
Going out to brunch is a weekend staple. Catching up with friends and family over great food after a busy week is a great way to end the week and celebrate the weekend. Often seen as a leisurely and indulgent outing, hosting brunch at home is a great way to enjoy a healthier meal in the comfort of your own home. Read on for tips to make an incredible at-home brunch this weekend!
Set the Table in Style
Create a beautiful setting to make brunching at home an entertaining event, similar to a dinner party. Pulling out special dishes, cups, silverware and candles will help set the tone for an enjoyable meal. Stop by our store the morning of and pick up ingredients for your meal and fresh flowers from the floral department. Adding gorgeous blooms around your home is a simple way to create a beautiful, inviting environment. Don’t forget to focus not only on the breakfast table but also on creating a comfortable, inviting sitting area so everyone can enjoy coffee, tea and conversation before and after the meal.
Look for Debi Lilly vases and entertaining items in your local store for the perfect complement to fresh blooms. Mason jars are also a simple, trending way to display your flowers. The beautiful pastel-colored mason jars are perfect for a refreshing spring brunch spread!
Lighten Up Waffles Two Ways
Indulge sweet breakfast cravings without the guilt! The foundation of a healthier meal is choosing real food ingredients. Skip processed options and restaurant entrees often full of added sugar and sodium. Instead, opt for these homemade twists on traditional waffles.
Try these delicious Stacked Strawberry & Coconut Waffles for a lighter take on classic waffles with berries. These waffles are made with oats, coconut milk and honey and then topped with strawberry “ice cream” and coconut sauce. Made with pure maple syrup, strawberries, bananas and shaved coconut, this produce-packed sweet breakfast treat will allow you to indulge without the guilt.
Peanut butter and dark chocolate pair perfectly in this Chocolate Peanut Butter Striped Waffle recipe. Featuring oat flour, vanilla almond milk, dark chocolate and peanut butter, these sweet waffles are packed with almost 10 grams of fiber per serving! You can make them ahead and freeze them for simple day-of prep.
Try Breakfast Bowls
For a savory, protein and fiber-packed brunch option, try this Egg White Power Bowl. Bowls are versatile, customizable and a great way to avoid added calories from carb-heavy wraps. Egg whites, sweet peppers, zucchini, sprouts, avocado and cherry tomatoes complete this breakfast bowl. Set out sauces so everyone can top their bowl with the sauce of their choice.
Set Up a Smoothie Bar
Set up a mini smoothie bar at your brunch. Set out fresh produce, nut milk, yogurt, oats and more so everyone can create their own brunch smoothie. This is a great interactive activity, and will help everyone begin the day with a boost of antioxidants and nutrition. Blend this Strawberry Ginger Mango Smoothie for your guests. Ginger transforms this tropical-flavor smoothie. Adding ginger to your diet aids digestion and fights nausea, too!
This weekend, throw brunch at home with these tips and healthier recipes! For more brunch inspiration, visit our Sunday Brunch Pinterest board!