Classic Brunch Ideas

classic brunch ideas

A selection of classic brunch ideas and recipes for your next gathering. Includes recipes for breakfast casseroles, pancakes, and waffles, along with menu ideas and brunch party planning tips.

Brunch can be a relaxing time to spend with friends or family and does not have to take all morning to prepare. Many items can be made ahead of time to reduce the time spent in the kitchen.

A good brunch can be done with as few as 3-5 food choices for a smaller group provided there is balance between flavors and colors, and of course a little bit of sweetness in some form to round it out.

To decorate the table, add some candles, a nice floral arrangement in the center and perhaps splurge on some themed napkins or a festive tablecloth.

Where to Start for Brunch Ideas

Party Planning Tips Read ideas and tips to help your brunch planning go smoother, including what not to do! Find decorating ideas for your table along with organization tips so you can sit down and eat too!

Menu Ideas Find brunch menu recommendations and a great selection of ideas for balancing sweet and savory flavors.

Brunch Menus Special menus for Mother’s Day, Christmas, waffles, a tea party, and more.

Brunch Recipes A selection of interesting recipes for adding to your time tested favorites.

A few easy brunch ideas to whet your appetite:

Classic Brunch Drinks

Bellini cocktail
Bloody Mary

Savory Sandwiches

Chopped Ham Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber Sandwiches
Veggie pizza


Fresh Fruit Salad
Fruit Pizza
Mini Fruit Tarts

Breads and Muffins

Cheddar cheese bread
Cranberry Bread
Cheddar Sausage Muffins

Coffee Cakes

Blueberry coffee cake
Cinnamon sugar coffee cake
Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake

Pancakes and Waffles and Toppings

Banana pancakes
Belgian Buttermilk Waffles
Maple Strawberry Syrup

Classic Side Dishes

sausage links or patties
Sourdough toast
sliced cheeses

Of course, don’t forget about recipes for quiche, eggs, and breakfast casseroles too.

About the author

Laura Warnke

Laura Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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