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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Brunch is My New Favorite Thing + A Call for Brunch Recipes!

A big holiday thank you to Q Squared NYC for sponsoring today’s post.

Today we have a Call for Recipes, but let me first set the stage.

My neighbor Kat recently hosted a cookie exchange. I love cookie exchanges, but, much to my surprise, the cookies were not my favorite part of Kat’s get together! Kat served a lovely sit-down brunch before the cookie swap and it was quite wonderful. The food was amazing and it was so nice to take a break mid-morning in the mad rush of December and enjoy good food and company. The whole thing made me feel happy and bright.

christmas cookie exchangePictured: Ginger cookies on Q Squared’s Diamond Small Rectangular Platter

For Cate’s birthday party this year the only time we could coordinate with her friends was yesterday morning, so, as inspired by Kat’s party, we decided to host a Christmas birthday brunch! While Cate’s brunch was a little less fancy, it was equally delicious and fun.

christmas brunch on q squared servingwarePictured: Recipes linked below served on Q Squared’s Ruffle and Holiday Ruffle dishes

I’ve decided brunch is my new favorite thing for entertaining. So much of the food can be made ahead of time, making for less stressful party prep. Plus, who doesn’t love brunch food? Nobody, that’s who. I also love having the party early in the day, it has a completely different feel and, honestly, I like having more time for clean-up when the guests go home, as opposed to night parties where you’d rather go to bed than clean up.

q squared serving trayPictured: Q Squared’s Cool Montecito Large Tray

Q Squared NYC is sponsoring today’s post and I want to give them a quick shout out. Until Q Squared came into my life I didn’t own any serving trays and very few platters. Now I am swimming in beautiful trays and platters and I can’t tell you how fabulous they are for entertaining. I used a Q Squared tray for my cookies at Kat’s party and it was adorable. For Cate’s party, the serving trays came in handy both for the food and the Christmas crafts. Three cheers for Q Squared’s high quality, durable, beautiful serving trays – I can’t live without them now! Oh, before I forget! Q Squared also gave me a few of their Bijou candles for the holidays and the candles smell scrumptious. They have also been the perfect decoration for our coffee table this year. I highly recommend them!

bijou candles by q squared nyc

It’s time for today’s Call for Recipes! Please share your favorite brunch recipes and tips! I really do want to host more brunches and become Queen of Brunch. Great aspirations, people. I think I might even plan a little Christmas brunch for this Thursday, so please share tips and recipes!

I’ll kick us off with the brunch menu from Cate’s party.

  • Ina’s Banana Granola Muffins (made the day before, warmed in a 200-degree oven for 10 minutes prior to serving)
  • Grammy’s Blueberry Muffins (made the day before, warmed in a 200-degree oven for 10 minutes prior to serving)
  • Frittata Cups (used spinach instead of kale, made them early in the morning then warmed in a 200-degee oven for 10 minutes prior to serving)
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Fruit salad

Ready, set, GO! Let’s brunch it up!



  1. I love brunch too. In fact, I did a holiday brunch post with lots of great recipes.

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    Collette Violette

    The Cranberry Walnut Crescent Ring from TJs rocked my world and traditions this year. Just be sure to give it the full 9 hours to rise before baking and bake the longer suggested time. And then….nirvana.

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    Quiche for brunch with a tasty salad makes my heart happy. There’s nothing I like better than a savory pie. I used your Jenny’s green salad recipe not too long for a party and everyone loved it.

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    c. hans

    Speaking of breakfast/brunchy foods, I started putting a chipotle raspberry jam all over breakfast foods. Most recently breakfast burritos. Jam on egg sandwiches in general is the missing link to breakfast nirvana.

  5. I love brunch food… any time of the day! It’s also great for bridal/baby showers. I hosted my sister’s bridal shower earlier this year ( Fruit, a pastry, some sort of egg dish, and bacon are certainly crowd pleasers for a brunch menu. 🙂

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    I love your little frittata cups – I usually do some sort of quiche for ‘brunch’ = just seems to fit this type of celebration some how!

    Thanks for the ideas – I bet the brunch party was a great success…


  7. oh how I love brunch!! you can’t have brunch without scones >>

    Have a Happy New Year Jane!!

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    Greetings from the other coast (California). I just found your blog and I am enjoying reading through past posts where I have found some fabulous ideas and recipes.

    I’m another brunch fan, fanmous locally for my quiche. I sometimes think that I get invited to potlucks so I’ll bring one LOL. Especially when I get invitations with pointed requests from people I scarcely know!

    Frittatas are another favorite and I often serve a savory one (spinach and feta is a family favorite) as a side dish for lunch or dinner.

    But to me, breakfast isn’t breakfast without potatoes… flavorful home-fries with onions, seasoned with garlic salt. I like to make them in a foil pan on the grill.

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    That’s funny! We made frittata cups for our New Year’s Day brunch this year! We did a little frittata bar though so there were all sorts of ingredients (peppers, onions, spinach, bacon, etc. etc.) and everyone could make their own. Cook time is quick so we just had little bites and mimosas while we waited for them to be done.

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