The holiday season is the best time to round up your friends and family for a festive group brunch. Not that we need an excuse to eat delicious food with our favorite people, but there's just something about the high spirits and jolly mood that make us extra excited to celebrate. And the truth of the matter is that even if you're someone who dreads the extra socializing and hosting that happens during the holidays, having the right recipes to make for large groups can make things a lot easier. Read on for 13 large group breakfast and lunch ideas that'll keep you and your guests happy and full. We started with the sweet stuff to get you in a jolly holiday mood, but keep scrolling for the savory staples and spiked punch at the end.
Eggnog Pull-Apart Bread
There's cinnamon pull-apart bread, and then there's eggnog cinnamon pull-apart bread. This is the perfect holiday recipe to make for a large brunch, as it's easy to serve yourself and it'll feed a lot of people. Plus, the indulgent ingredients and scrumptious flavors are perfect for the season.
Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Coffee Cake
This is not your average coffee cake, as to be expected from a recipe created by Half Baked Harvest. With rich cream cheese swirls and a pumpkin base, this coffee cake tastes and looks elaborate, but it only takes about an hour to make.
Cocoa-Cinnamon French Toast
If you really want to impress the guests at brunch this year, look no further. These personalized churro-inspired French toast slices from Salt and Wind are mind-blowingly delicious. The recipes call for loads of cinnamon and cocoa powder, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and berries for serving.
Slightly stale bread is the best for making French toast because it can absorb more of the egg mixture than fresh bread.
Cranberry-Ginger-Lime Chia Parfaits
Not everyone wants to eat super-sweet baked goods for breakfast. For those guests, you can whip up these delicious but healthy chia seed parfaits from Wu Haus. The most prominent flavors are cranberry, ginger, and lime, so they have a thoroughly zesty and refreshing taste. Top them with shaved coconut and almonds for a touch of crunch.
Apple Cider Chai Crullers
These mulled apple cider chai crullers (basically a French donut) from Half Baked Harvest strike the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Since you can eat them with your hands, they're greats for a large group brunch party. They only require 40 minutes in the kitchen too.
Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwiches
Finger sandwiches can be perfect for a large group brunch, too, not just a cocktail party or tea time. These hazelnut chocolate sandwiches from Salt & Wind prove it. Follow this recipe to make them into decadent French toast dishes, or simply slice up a baguette, toast it, and spread with Nutella and honey.
Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding
When cooking for a large group brunch, it's always best to opt for recipes you can make in bulk. This croque monsieur bread pudding from Salt & Wind is the perfect option. Not only is it simple to make and easy to clean up, but it's also elevated enough to serve at a more formal brunch party.
Onion, Mushroom, and Thyme Potato Pancake
This large potato pancake only takes 30 minutes to make, and the recipe from Salt & Wind is super easy to follow, so make as many you want. Crispy, satisfying, and comforting, you'll want to make this for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner party you ever host.
Salt and Wind
When in doubt, stick to the basics. Not only are these classic Parisian ham sandwiches from Salt & Wind insanely easy to make, but they're also delicious crowd pleasers. All you need is high-quality European butter, jabón de Paris, ficelle (sweet, skinny French baguettes), and five minutes.
Veggie Spread and Fennel Dip
No party is complete without a crudité spread, and it's ever too early to start snacking. To serve a truly epic spread at your group brunch, follow this recipe from Wu Haus. She'll walk you through creating a colorful veggie spread and a delicious holiday fennel dip.
Honey Roasted Squash and Burrata
This side dish tastes as good as it looks. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, it calls for honey butter–roasted acorn squash, burrata, pomegranates, and hazelnuts. We can't think of anything better for the occasion.
A solid egg dish is a must a brunch party. That being said, they can be hard to make on a large scale. Opt for baked eggs in personal-size skillets, or use a few larger ones; you can make them in bulk and have everyone serve themselves from a buffet table. This baked eggs, chard, green olive, and feta recipe from The Modern Proper looks particularly good.
And last but not least, make sure you have a festive holiday drink to serve your guests with their brunch. This sparkling pomegranate punch recipe from Half Baked Harvest is easy to make in big batches, making it perfect for large gatherings and parties. Plus you can get creative with presentation.