Swingle Seasonal Tips - Spring
Best Spring Outdoor Brunch Ideas
Spring time is the best time to be outdoors with friends and family. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the air is fresh and breezy. It is a great time to enjoy your outdoor space with friends and family. Next time, try hosting a Sunday brunch!
5 Reasons to Host a Sunday Brunch
- Its an economical excuse to have a party
- Spend quality time with family and friends
- Can serve any type of food
- Show off your outdoor space
- Hosting a brunch is FUN!
Choosing Your Menu
When choosing your menu generally try to think in terms of savory and sweet. Some guests prefer sweet, others savory, but many people enjoy a mix of both.
- Be thoughtful of your guests’ dietary needs – vegetarian, allergies, gluten free, etc.
- Choose one meat and/ or one fish dish
- Add an egg dish as your main course (can include meat)
- Select 1-3 sides – a variety is nice
- Include bread / muffins
- Include sweets and / or desserts (in season fruits, pastries, pies)
Sample Menus - Menu selection for large and small groups
Small Casual Brunch
- Sausage patties
- Scrambled eggs
- Potato pancakes
- French toast
- Banana pancakes
- Fresh cut fruit
- Glazed ham (basic pineapple / brown sugar glaze)
- Breakfast burritos
- Herb roasted potatoes
- Fresh vegetable salad
- Fruit salad
- Coffee cake
- Fruit salad
- Fruit smoothies
Have fun with your group for brunch! Select a theme and decorate and plan your menu around this theme, including decorations, music, flowers and wardrobe.
Brunch Theme Ideas
- Vegas - Card games, poker table, pink flamingos, poker chips, roulette wheel. Serve: steak and eggs, shrimp cocktail, waffles, fresh fruit, buffet style all you can eat.
- Pinkies Out – Wear outrageous hats, pearls, play Sinatra and Tony Bennett, use champagne glasses and fancy serving ware. Serve: eggs benedicts, fresh fruit, frittata, mimosas.
- French Bistro – Use bistro tables, play French music, fresh flowers, give your guests French names. Serve: crepes, French cheeses, Quiche, crème Brule, French wine or champagne.
- Southern Hospitality – Decorate using magnolias, use pastel colors, play Dixie land music, have guests wear floppy hats and delicate gloves. Serve: grits, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, Jambalaya, spicy Bloody Mary’s.
Your Sunday brunch can be as casual or as formal as you choose. You can make all the dishes yourself or have a potluck and have each guest bring one item. Get the most out of your garden by using fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers from your own back yard.
Your guests will appreciate the freshness and might be inspired to host their own Sunday brunch. Make sure you're invited!