Hosting A Spring Brunch.

One of my favorite things about Spring, is Brunch. Be it hosting or attending I love the food, drink and quality time with friends or family. Between wedding and baby showers, Mother’s Day, Ladies Brunch and more, Spring is filled with all of the occasions for hosting a good old-fashioned brunch.

Now you may not know this but back when we first started selling aprons I used to sell them by inviting my friends over to my loft, having them invite other friends, and then having a little trunk show for our Monthly Sunday Brunch. Such a fun tradition and truly what got us off the ground.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite tips, tricks + traditions for a hosting an easy and beautiful brunch. Hosting brunch can seem overwhelming, but with a few simple recipes and decorating tips (and cocktails of course!) you can feel like a pro on your first try.

Be the Hostess with Mostess

Hostess Apron by heirloomed
Hostess Apron by heirloomed

I always love to have a cute apron on when hosting. It helps to pick a signature apron that you wear only while hosting. It will keep your clothes protected, and also remind you to stay is hostess mode when all of you guests arrive. I love to go for a fancier apron than I may wear just everyday that has a little extra detail. The Oatmeal Linen Halter or the Frosty Tin Marshmallows apron from our collection is a great choice.

SETTING YOUR BRUNCH TABLE

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Another tip I have is to set your table with beautiful + unique tabletop linens. Having nice linens will add so much to your able and make all of the special dishes you made come to life. In essence it is truly the base layer for success. For brunch I like to use a table runner versus placemats since we are more in graze, social mode. To me, it makes the table more inviting, especially with a larger crowd and gives you the flexibility you need to host.

Brunch tips by heirloomed
Brunch Tips by heirloomed
Brunch Tips by heirloomed

Brunch is such a wonderful way to meet new ladies, taste new recipes and entertain. When hosting a Ladies Brunch I have a special tradition I love to follow. I have each lady bring their favorite brunch recipe. It helps everyone feel involved in the experience and feels a part of the brunch by bringing their own dish to share, a sort of elevated pot luck if you will.

My only request is that each person share their special recipe with us - folks always request it anyways and it is such a fun follow up to a great event. The day after, I always send a "thanks for coming" email and share the collection of new recipes with the group to try their own hand and making some of the new delights - it also helps each of the women in attendance connect with one another. A win / win.

BRUNCH RECIPES :

One of my favorite recipes to share is my aunts recipe for Brie and Sausage Casserole. It is always a hit and is just the perfect dish for brunch. Click here to check out some of my other favorite brunch recipes to make for brunch. And, if your brunch calls for a signature cocktail, we have some great ideas here for you to check out.

Brie and Sausage Brunch casserole by heirloomed

I hope you enjoyed some of my tips for hosting brunch. And, be sure to check out our best brunch recipes and cocktails. I’d love to know your favorite brunch recipes + any hostessing tips you may have. Let me know in the comments below.


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Classic Cocktail : Bloody Mary.

One of my favorites things about spring is a good old fashioned brunch. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day after all.

I love brunch foods, setting the table for brunch, and of course the company of a great group of friends or family. While I love preparing brunch food like biscuits, casseroles, and quiches, a good cocktail at brunch is also a must.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my all-time, classic favorites: The Bloody Mary.

brunch Bloody Mary by heirloomed

RECIPE:

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1/2 cup tomato juice

  • 3 drops hot sauce (I use Crystals Hot Sauce)

  • 4 drops Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon of horseradish

  • Salt and pepper to taste (just a dash or two)

  • Kosher salt (for the rim)

  • 1 lime slice

  • Garnish as you wish (ideas : bacon, shrimp, olives, pickled okra or peppers, celery, etc)

Slide the sliced lime around the rim of each glass to give it a nice coating. Using a plate lined with kosher salt, place the rim of the glass down hard to get it coated with salt. Next, shake all ingredients together, with ice. Using a strainer pour the mixture into your salted glass. Squeeze 1/2 sliced lemon over glass. Garnish with you choosing.

You can really stay as classic or go as crazy as you’d like for the garnish. Most people like to stick with a celery stalk, a few olives and pickles. But if you feeling adventurous you can try cocktail shrimp, bacon, okra, pickled green beans or those tiny ears of corn, or just about anything else of your choosing.

I will say, I like a little kick to my Bloody Mary but I can’t do anything too overly spicy. Just like my mom + grandmother, I add a heavy hand of horseradish to mine, with a dash of hot sauce. I use Crystals because it’s that perfect amount of hot sauce flavor without all the heat that tends to go along with it. Perfection!

I’d love to know what you like to top your Bloody Mary’s with. Let me know in the comments below!


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