Even if you love to be the host when the holidays roll around, fulfilling that role involves quite a bit of preparation, from planning the menu to styling the table. And while the holidays typically conjure up scenes of cozy fireside dinners fueled by mistletoe and eggnog, who says that the traditional festive gathering needs to take place after the sun sets? If you prefer to celebrate in the a.m. with a bevy of morning-friendly foods, rejoice: We've rounded up a handful of holiday brunch ideas to inspire your upcoming fête.
Whether you observe Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other holiday beyond the December solstice, these recipes and tablescape design ideas can be adapted to any occasion throughout the year. Should you go savory or sweet? To save you the stress of having to choose between the two, we scoured the internet for super easy options for both.
So roll up your sleeves, prepare your grocery list, and put on your creative hat. These festive brunch ideas will help you whip up a memorable event that'll have guests wanting an invite to next year's bash.
Savory: These zucchini fritters from Minimalist Baker will be an instant crowd-pleaser. On its own, zucchini doesn't have a ton of flavor, but when paired with a bolder herb like dill, the result is unbelievably tasty. Plus, they're vegan, so your guests don't have to feel guilty about having more than one. They're made with quinoa, zucchini, onion, dill, and your choice of greens (among a slew of other ingredients).
These fritters cook on a stovetop, but if you want them to be extra crispy, pop them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for no more than 15 minutes.
Sweet: This scrumptious cinnamon swirl chocolate chip pumpkin butter loaf from Half Baked Harvest features the best of pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookies, and cinnamon rolls. The star ingredients are in the title, but it's also prepared with pumpkin and salted butter, maple syrup, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves—basically all of the most festive flavors. The best part, aside from the way it tastes, is that you can whip the whole thing up in just 20 minutes.
Savory: It's our personal belief that anything prepared in a cast-iron skillet will turn out amazing, and that's especially true for this Food Faith Fitness sweet potato hash recipe. You may think that it would have a sweetness to it because of the potatoes, but it gets canceled out courtesy of the chicken sausage, red peppers, garlic, cheese, and, of course, buffalo flavor. We suggest whipping this dish up, then placing the whole skillet on the dining table with a serving spoon, and letting your guests help themselves.
Sweet: You definitely can't go wrong with pancakes—especially banana walnut pancakes that also happen to be gluten-free. These, from Minimalist Baker, are so rich in flavor that your guests will never look at pancakes the same way again. Besides bananas and walnuts, there's a slew of other ingredients that make these hotcakes so good: oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rolled oats, and non-dairy milk. We're getting hungry just thinking about these!
Savory: We know what you're thinking: This seems too easy, and you're right.
It's super easy to prepare, but that's the beauty of this Foodie Crush dish. Unlike zucchini, red beets are practically bursting with flavor, so you don't need to do a whole lot to them to make them irresistibly good. What's more: Beets are known for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, so your guests will probably be happy to nosh on something super healthy. All you need to make this side is beets, olive oil, salt, and paper. That's it!
Sweet: If you like oatmeal cookies, you will love these adorable oatmeal breakfast soufflés from Salt & Wind. Before we tell you what's in them, we want to warn you that soufflés are a little tricky to make, but don't let that deter you. The only reason they can be challenging to bake is that they're so dependent on perfect timing: If you take them out of the oven too early, they'll collapse, and if you take them out too late, they'll lose that light and fluffy quality we all love.
These are made with butter, milk, old-fashioned rolled oats, nutmeg, and if you can believe it, chives and cheddar cheese. Even though the last two ingredients are typical in savory dishes, we promise this one is still super sweet.