You envision yourself celebrating the festive season surrounded by your loved ones, enjoying a decadent homemade feast, and soaking up every merry moment. In reality, fulfilling the hostess 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 Yuletide gathering needs to take place after the sun sets? If you prefer to eschew the matchy-matchy store-bought décor look for a decidedly unique and elevated event, rejoice: We've rounded up a handful of Christmas brunch ideas to inspire your upcoming fête.
Of course, you don't necessarily need to believe in Santa to bring these décor and menu suggestions to your winter bash's table. Whether you observe Hanukkah, Chrismukkah, or any other holiday beyond the December solstice, these recipes and tablescape design ideas can be adapted to any occasion throughout the year. Given that many cultural celebrations can vary in diet, we've provided options that'll please the palates of vegetarians, vegans, and even Paleo guests. 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.
The Table Setting
Bohemian Modern: A crisp linen table runner or tablecloth won't look so basic when paired with a stoneware vase filled with your local wildflowers. For your tableware, wooden salad plates stacked on top of ceramic dishware can help you achieve that natural aesthetic, while gold flatware, vintage glasses, and colorful napkins made from globally sourced textiles add an eclectic finishing touch.
Rustic: Yes, you can decorate your table with burlap fabric and Mason jars without making the event feel like Pinterest overload. Take a cue from designer Jenni Kayne by opting for unexpected centerpieces like citrus fruits as edible décor, or even found natural objects like sprigs of fir tree branches.
Contemporary Chic: Who says your plates need to be classic white porcelain? Upgrade your dishware to black ceramics, and use bowls made of marble for serving dips and appetizers. For a holiday-inspired finishing touch, use festive florals like holly berries, winter foliage, and pinecones spray-painted in metallic hues.
For Vegetarians: Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits
For Vegans: Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip
For Meat Lovers: Meat-Stuffed Grape Leaves
For Paleo Eaters: Cream Cheese Bacon Dates
The Main Course
For Vegetarians: Buckwheat Crepes With Mushroom Filling
For Vegans: 7-Ingredient Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes
For Meat Lovers: Bacon, Onion, and Chive Quiche With a Hash Brown Crust
For Paleo Eaters: Sweet Potato Hash With Fried Eggs
For Vegetarians: Citrus Salad With Pomegranate Seeds
For Vegans: 30-Minute Coconut Oil Blueberry Scones
For Meat Lovers: Crispy Sausage Cheese Balls
For Paleo Eaters: Paleo Cauliflower Tots
For Designated Drivers: Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
For Healthy Java Junkies: The Awake Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie
For Cocktail Aficionados: Camilla Vest's Glogg
For Bubbly Lovers: Raspberry Champagne Punch
Got your own Christmas brunch ideas to share? Share your favorite recipes and décor tips with us.