When the holidays roll around, do you often have people over to your home to celebrate? Do you have friends and family come to share a meal and spend time together? A holiday is the perfect excuse to get everyone together.
Easter is quickly approaching, and you may be planning to have people over for Easter brunch. Of course, entertaining at home means that you need to do some preparation, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. When you do some preparations beforehand, Easter brunch will go just as you planned.
Plan Your Menu
Brunch is a delicious combination of breakfast and lunch. As such, it offers a delicious combination of sweet and savory options. Take some time to plan your menu, so you have a good mix of both. Be mindful of how much oven space you have or if you can use your slow cooker or microwave for certain dishes. Additionally, a variety of hot dishes and cold dishes, not only helps with variety but may allow you to prep dishes ahead of time.
If you are looking for a few delicious recipes to add to your table this year, take a look at these:
- Everything Bagel Casserole – Who doesn’t love the taste of an Everything bagel? This breakfast casserole is easy to throw together and has so much flavor!
- Deviled Eggs with a Twist – It may not be Easter without some deviled eggs on your table. These add a little bit of Ranch dressing to the classic recipe.
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – A soup is a nice addition to Easter brunch. This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is light and flavorful and can be made in your slow cooker.
- Easy Raspberry Coffee Cake – A fantastic tasting coffee cake will always be welcome at brunch. Don’t hesitate to make this one the day before.
- Perfect Spring Salad – Another great cold dish is this Perfect Spring Salad! It has a delicious homemade vinaigrette that your guests will love.
- Bourbon Orange Glazed Ham – Ham is an excellent protein to serve for brunch as it goes well with both breakfast and lunch dishes. The glaze on this one is amazing!
- Baked Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole – This sweet dish with its streusel topping will have all of your guests wanting a second helping!
Do Your Shopping
Be sure you’ve got your shopping – grocery and otherwise – done ahead of time. You don’t want to be running to the store to get your ingredients and find that they don’t have what you’re looking for at the last minute. This could mean that you need to change up your menu, and that’s not what you want to do.
Clean Your Home Ahead of Time
You want a clean home when your guests arrive, but if you’re busy with work, kids, and prepping a great meal, you may not have a lot of time to devote to this task. Have a house cleaning service come in and get your home looking brunch-ready! Mini Maid can get your home ready for all of your guests. And don’t forget these tips and tricks for cleaning as you cook!
Set Your Table
If you want a pretty table for your guests, take the pressure off of Sunday morning and set your table Saturday night before you head to bed. Your table will be looking beautiful, and you can check one more thing off your brunch preparation list.
Don’t Turn Down Help
While you may want to do everything yourself, if you have friends or family offer to help – let them. Perhaps they offer to bring a bottle of wine, dessert, or even a few bags of ice. They’ll feel better if they’re contributing to the occasion, and a little help is always a good thing!
If you’re hosting Easter brunch this year, a little planning and preparation before the day can make it all go smoothly. Call Mini Maid (352-374-4141) or go online for a free quote and have us get your house clean and ready for your guests. We’ll take this task off your hands, leaving you time to prepare brunch and enjoy time with family and friends.