7 Tips for an Easy Brunch Buffet

Hosting a brunch get-together and not sure where to begin? These 7 Tips for an Easy Brunch Buffet will have you feeling like a pro without breaking a sweat.

Overhead shot of table filled with mini quiches, olives, coffee, breakfast breads and spreads, salad and fruit.

While I’ll always love a sangria party with badminton tournaments late into the night, brunch get-togethers certainly have their own charm, especially during the holiday season. The food and drink options can be kept a lot simpler compared to dinner.

You can see all of your family and/or friends, but then send them on their way by early afternoon, leaving you the rest of the day to relax. And seriously, who doesn’t love brunch food?

Today, I’m sharing my Top 7 Tips for an Easy Brunch Buffet. Bookmark this for use this holiday season, or even save it for next Mother’s Day or a bridal shower!

1. Keep the menu very simple. There are a lot of food options when it comes to a brunch buffet, with a wide range of sweet and savory foods. You’re the host, so choose what you like best.

Everybody knows that I much prefer savory foods, so my favorite brunch options include things like quiche, olives, and even a salad. Hey, I ate salad for breakfast every day we were in Greece, and loved every bite. Why not bring it home?

Horizontal overhead shot of table filled with mini quiches, olives, coffee, breakfast breads and spreads, salad and fruit.

2. Set up a bar cart, and let everybody mix their own drink. Heck, all you need is champagne + OJ and/or vodka + Bloody Mary mix. Everybody has their own idea of the proper ratio for a mimosa anyway, so just let them all make their own. Have a big pot of coffee on hand as well.

3. Rely on foods that you can make before your guests arrive. Store-bought quiche are one of my favorites shortcuts here (La Terra Fina brand is really delicious).

My very favorite thing about serving quiche for a party is that they do not have to be served piping hot from the oven. In fact, room temperature quiche is just as delicious. So, you can bake these off before guests arrive and set them out. No stress!

4. The quickest way to make your brunch seem fancy, even when it’s not? Put out a bunch of jams in pretty bowls. Seriously. Store-bought jams. Like, three or four flavors. Scoop them into bowls. Insert spoons. Scatter them around the buffet table. People will love it.

Overhead shot of brunch buffet table filled with mini quiches, olives, coffee, breakfast breads and spreads, salad and fruit.

5. Forget the fruit plate. You either have to buy one (which is super expensive), or buy all the fruit yourself and cut it all up (which can be time consuming). Just pick a few fruits that are in season (this time of year, clementines and apples) and put them out, whole. I mean, clementines are kind of fun to peel and eat, too. People won’t miss the fruit plate.

6. Don’t make anything that requires you to stand at the stove and babysit it (sadly, now is not the time for brioche French toast). See also, the quiches. But also ALSO, oven bacon. If you haven’t tried it yet . . . try it now. It’s perennially one of my most popular blog posts ever.

7. If people ask “what can I bring?,” take them up on it. Have somebody stop and pick up a dozen bagels. Or one of those big cartons of hot coffee, so you don’t have to make it. Or, just another bottle of champagne. Let them help!

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