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Best Ideas for Sunday Brunch at Home

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The lockdown restrictions are finally and gone and we can enjoy going to cafés and restaurants once again. We start planning that perfect Sunday brunch with our friends and family at the local café or the pretty restaurant we have saved on our Instagram for ages. However, after a quick check it turns out all your favourite places are fully booked for weeks ahead, some even the entire summer. That’s why we decided to prepare this handy guide on the best ideas for Sunday brunch at home. You’ll find the answers to some popular questions as well as our suggestions for brunch menus and how to make your get around extra special.

What is brunch?

According to the official definition provided by the Cambridge Dictionary, brunch is “a meal eaten in the late morning that is a combination of breakfast and lunch”. Unofficially, it’s a brilliant way to share a little joy in the weekend and have a nice breakfast (and drinks) with your friends and family.

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What time is brunch in UK?

Although there’s no specific set times, the most popular hours to host a Sunday brunch are between 10am and 2pm. The best part is since you’re not going to a restaurant, you don’t have to stick to a schedule, and you can make it entirely your way. All-day brunch? Bring it on! 

What should I serve for Sunday Brunch?

The Sunday Brunch usually consists of traditional breakfast dishes with eggs as well as some sweat delights such as waffles or French toasts, fruit platters and pastries from the bakery. For drinks, the most popular choice is the Mimosa as well as some freshly squeezed juice or smoothies if you’re trying to keep it clean and healthy.

Best Brunch Menu Ideas

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Wow your guests with a sophisticated sweet and savoury treat such as Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Tart, Mushroom Sourdough Bruschettas or Grilled Asparagus & Poached Egg on Toast. On the other side, if you’re looking for quick and easy yet stylish food, arrange a variety of veggies, slices of meat such as smoked salmon and some fresh flavour-packed dips, and put some bagels or toasts on the side. Everyone will be able to mix and match.

Another simple and effective idea is to prepare a pot with Tortilla, Shakshuka or the tasty Huevos Rancheros and serve in the middle of the table with a side of toasts or bagels. The Avocado & Tomatoes on Toast is a must on every brunch, but if you want to add a special touch to it – arrange with Ricotta cheese on top. Croissants with ham and melted cheese are another favourite French classic for brunch.

Best Brunch Desserts

Once you’ve sorted out your savoury menu is time to think about the best part –sweet delights. One of our favourites are the Raspberry/ Blueberry Swirl Rolls which a simple but perfect dessert featuring fresh raspberries/Blueberries and lemon. You can’t go wrong with Pancakes or Waffles and Fresh Berries as well as Breakfast Doughnuts. Some easy to find/cook brunch desserts are the Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit Tarts as well as red velvet cupcakes which will add colour to your table. However, if you’re looking for something to impress your friends, we suggest Dutch Baby Pancakes with Roasted Plums, Apple Coffee Cake or Banana Bread Pancakes.

Best Brunch Drinks

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If you’re after a tasty sweet coffee delight, you can’t go wrong with a Hazelnut Mocha Frappe. Also, all kinds of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies would be perfect as non-alcoholic drinks. Plus, you can serve mocktails like the Sweet Sunrise, which is essentially a Tequila Sunrise without the tequila.

Moreover, if you’re planning to do your Sunday brunch at home with alcoholic beverages, a quick and easy win is the Irish Coffee. When we talk about brunch, we can’t go without mentioning the all-time favourite – Mimosa cocktails. A great alternative is the Bloody Marry – another great brunch classic for the weekend. Some great lighter alternatives are Prosecco or Bellini. On the other hand, if you’re looking to up your cocktails game, we recommend the easy and refreshing Melon Patch (melon liqueur, triple sec, vodka, and club soda) or the Greyhound (grapefruit juice and vodka). Both options are perfect for spring/summer days. 

Best Brunch Decorations

Looking for ways to make your Sunday Brunch extra special? Some fresh flowers will instantly give your table a more spring-summery vibe. Also, don’t forget the tablecloth – one in pastel colours, bright shades or floral designs will look great in your room. Adding some themed tissues and matching tableware would be an effective and creative yet simple final touch. If you’re regularly hosting dinner parties or brunches, investing in a couple of high-quality wooden platters is a good idea. Also, you can personalise your cupcakes with a custom-made stamper or when you buy them from a specialised store. This would be a brilliant way to celebrate a birthday. Add to that some fabulous birthday banners and you have the perfect Sunday brunch at home. Check our article Best Spring Home Décor Ideas 2021 for more inspiration.

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