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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kids love these peanut butter and banana croissants. You could even add a bar of chocolate to each one for an extra treat.
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.
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.
Fresh and fruity, this sangria looks gorgeous in a pitcher thanks to slices of fresh fruit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surprise everyone with a tropical twist to lemonade! You can serve the lemonade with or without the passion fruit seeds.