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Easy Brunch Ideas For A Crowd

Try one of these easy brunch ideas for a crowd, with everything from savory to sweet, from drinks to dessert, you are sure to love one of these delicious springtime recipes.

Collage of brunch ideas

Trying to find easy brunch recipes when you are feeding a crowd can be tough! With savory and sweet options plus drink recipes this list has it all plus ideas for how to prep or make everything ahead of time.

Choose the right recipes

Choosing the right recipes can reduce stress and increase enjoyment. I’ve found the secret to hosting a brunch is to make smart swaps to make it easier on myself. The easiest swaps are to start with store bought ingredients as a starting point. 

Some of my favorites are using canned crescent rolls, refrigerated pizza crust, or puff pastry as your base. Adding fresh ingredients make all the difference!

Reduce brunch prep stress

You can eliminate much of the day of stress by making ahead as many recipes as you can. Don’t forget to hand off some responsibility to those attending  your brunch. There’s no reason why you should be doing all the work by yourself!

Choose recipes for others to bring that are easily portable like casseroles, drinks, fruits, or baked goods like muffins or scones. Casseroles and baked goods can be easily reheated once they arrive and drinks can be poured into fancy pitchers before serving.

Here’s a list of easy recipes with some tips and tricks that will make hosting brunch a little easier.

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Savory Brunch Recipes

It seems most brunch options tend to be on the sweet side. Savory options are always good to have on hand to balance out all those sweet treats.

Spinach Feta Breakfast Croissants
Spinach Feta Breakfast Croissants are an easy make ahead breakfast recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes and are perfect for breakfast on the go.
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Spinach Feta Breakfast Croissants

These breakfast croissants are a good vegetarian option to have on hand. You can prep all the ingredients the night before, making sure to slightly under cook the eggs since they will get cooked again in the oven. Assemble them the morning of and bake.

White Cheddar and Chive Cornmeal Waffles
White Cheddar and Chive Cornmeal Waffles is a savory recipe that is good for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
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Cornmeal waffle topped with polska kielbasa and fried egg on a blue plate

Savory waffles are always a nice surprise on a brunch menu. I’ve found men are especially excited for savory options like this. Serve these and please the sweet lovers with blackberry waffles. Win, win!

You can even make these waffles a few weeks ahead and keep them in the freezer in a freezer Ziploc bag. To reheat, remove from the freezer, separate and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until hot and crisp. 

Potatoes O’ Brien
Potatoes O Brien is a quick and easy breakfast side dish that everyone will love made simply with fried potatoes, peppers, and onions.
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A cast iron skillet of potatoes o brien

This breakfast classic can be made on the stove top or in the oven. Prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and the morning of you can pan fry them as usual in a large cast iron skillet or in the oven.

To make in the oven, toss all the ingredients in the oil and spices and arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Savory Pesto Cruffins
With just 3 ingredients you can make these shortcut Savory Pesto Cruffins that are delicious for breakfast, snack, or as a side dish for dinner and easy for kids to make.
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showing the flaky layers of the cruffin

If you’ve never had a cruffin before they are a cross between a croissant and a muffin. These pesto versions are simple to whip up in a jiffy!

Easy Egg Breakfast Casserole (Sorbian Eggs)
This egg breakfast casserole (otherwise known as sorbian eggs) is an easy cheesy mix and pour breakfast casserole perfect for brunch for a crowd!
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Sorbian Eggs is an easy cheesy mix and pour breakfast casserole perfect for brunch for a crowd!

This egg casserole is a must at every brunch we go to. Everyone raves about how good it is and it is SOO easy to make.

To make ahead, make and bake the casserole as usual but for 10 minutes shorter than you would when serving immediately. Finish baking the morning of.

Easy Bacon Croissants
#ad These Easy Bacon Croissants topped with a Parmesan and herb topping are a tasty option for busy morning’s breakfast, especially when paired with eggs.
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A pile of easy bacon croissants on a black cutting board

Another easy croissant this time for the meat lovers. Crisp bacon and herb butter make these very popular. Cook the bacon before hand and assemble in the morning.

Cheddar and Fresh Tomato Pizza
Cheddar and Fresh Tomato Pizza topped with Balsamic vinegar is an easy appetizer made to be brunch or party food.
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A slice of fresh tomato pizza

Using refrigerated pizza dough, or puff pastry if you want, is the key to making this quick and simple appetizer. Wait to drizzle with balsamic vinegar until right before serving time.

Herb Bubble Bread
With less than 10 minutes of work, you can make this incredibly easy Herb Bubble Bread. Everyone will enjoy these buttery herbed pull apart rolls for Thanksgiving or a weekend dinner that are so simple even kids can make them.
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rolls pulled away from the loaf on a piece of parchment paper

Our family loves these pull apart rolls with the herbs and parmesan cheese! Instead of making them in loaf form, you can easily make them by the pan to feed a crowd.

Sweet Brunch Recipes

Sweet treats for a brunch are always going to be popular. Most baked goods can be baked and frozen ahead of time before being reheated the day of the brunch.

Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Fruit tossed with honey, lime, and mint for a honey lime fruit salad makes for a fancy easy side dish that is easily customizable based on fruits in season! 
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A glass container with fruit salad on a table

This fruit salad tastes really good when the fruit are allowed to mix with the dressing overnight. Use whatever fruits that are available or in season.

Overnight Berry Baked French Toast
Overnight Berry Baked French Toast is an easy make ahead breakfast recipe made with French bread, frozen berries and an oatmeal crumble topping that is an easy breakfast or brunch option for a large group or party.
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A slice of french toast bake on a plate

Serving at least 12, baked french toast is a great option for crowd. Don’t want berries, change it up and use different frozen fruit!

Orange Yogurt Scones
Orange yogurt scones with an orange glaze are an easy breakfast alternative to muffins made with fresh orange juice and yogurt that are a hit for brunch or even dessert!
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Scones on a cutting board next to halved oranges

Make a couple batches of these orange yogurt scones and save the drizzling of the glaze for the day of. Or make a lemon and orange version for variety.

Rainbow Jello
A kid pleaser, this rainbow jello is a classic dessert recipe for Saint Patrick's Day, Easter, or for a rainbow themed party. Made with alternating layers of plain and sour cream layers, the result is a beautiful layered jello for a crowd.
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a pile of square rainbow jello slices on a plate

Jello is a perfect addition to a mixed age brunch because it is so popular with both the young and the old. This version is a visual treat as well as delicious.

Easy Peanut Butter and Banana Croissants
Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, these peanut butter and banana croissants are an easy kid favorite that kids can help make!
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Easy Peanut Butter and Banana Croissants are a super quick breakfast to make on a busy school morning that any banana lover will gobble up.

Kids love these peanut butter and banana croissants. You could even add a bar of chocolate to each one for an extra treat.

Lemon Yogurt Muffins
Lemon yogurt muffins are a versatile muffin base made with Greek yogurt that can be made into lots of variations with simple swaps.
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A group of muffins on a green plate

These yogurt muffins are so versatile. In that post there are lots of different combinations you can try and they freeze really well. Reheat in the microwave for a few minutes until warm. It may take more time depending on how many you are trying to microwave at a time.

One hour no yeast orange rolls
One hour no yeast orange rolls are a speedy version of the breakfast favorite topped with an orange glaze, plus instructions for cinnamon rolls.
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No-yeast Orange Rolls that can be made and enjoyed in less than an hour.

Since these have no yeast they are more biscuit like than usual orange rolls but they are still super tasty. Reheat in the oven for 5-7 minutes before drizzling with the icing.

Brunch Drink Recipes

No brunch is complete without drinks. Here are a few easy options, some cold and some hot. Plus, all of these recipes are appropriate for both kids and adults so there’s no worry about separating out the drinks.

Sangria Mocktail
This fresh and fruity Sangria mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic drink that is worthy of breakfast or brunch and kid approved.
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A cup of sangria next to fruit and a pitcher

Fresh and fruity, this sangria looks gorgeous in a pitcher thanks to slices of fresh fruit.

Slow Cooker Mulled Berry Orange Juice
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If it’s cold out, having a hot drink like this mulled orange juice is nice to warm everyone up. Keep it in a slow cooker on warm for serving.

Mango Herbal Iced Tea
Refreshing Mango Herbal Iced Tea made with mango Torani® Syrup and regular herbal tea bags for a refreshing, thirst quenching drink.
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Lemon Mango Herbal Iced Tea in two glass jars with lemon and mango garnishes

Iced tea is always a classic and this herbal version is sans caffeine so safe for your pregnant friends or family and no kids will be running around bouncing off the walls.

Pumpkin Juice (Hot Pumpkin Cider)
Pumpkin juice, which any Harry Potter fan can love, you can make in the slow cooker and serve hot as pumpkin cider or serve ice cold over ice.
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If you’re not a Harry Potter fan you might not be aware of how amazing pumpkin juice is. It’s less fall like than you would think with lots of fresh fruit flavor and can be served warm or cold depending on the weather outside.

Agua De Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
Agua de Jamaica, otherwise known as Hibiscus Tea, is a refreshing agua fresca served in Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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This delicious Mexican style ice tea is equal parts refreshing and fruity. Easy to make the concentrate ahead, you can save yourself valuable time on party day.

Passion Fruit Lemonade
Spice up your usual lemonade with this simple passion fruit lemonade! This easy tropical mocktail recipe will help quench your thirst and satisfy your taste buds on those hot summer days.
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a glass of lemonade with halved lemons and passion fruit in front of it

Surprise everyone with a tropical twist to lemonade! You can serve the lemonade with or without the passion fruit seeds.

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