Easy Brunch Potluck Party
Last Sunday I hosted our play group for a brunch and egg hunt. It was easy to organize and so much fun! And the fun motivated me to get back to my long quiet blog!!
Before hand moms dropped off plastic eggs 25 eggs each and some trinkets and healthy snacks to fill the eggs with. 3 of us spent around an hour filling the eggs with stickers, coins for rattling effect, Annie’s graham & cheddar bunnies, dollar store items like egg shaped side walk chalk, light up dinosaur stress balls, bracelets, cars and bows. Target dollar bins and any dollar store are great places to get food non-candy filler.
I provided an easy (yet so tasty!) Cheese, Sausage & Croissant Egg Casserole, Bloody Mary Bar featuring a mix recipe from Emeril Lagasse (which was AMAZING!), oven baked bacon, cupcakes decorated with a Wilton décor kit and coffee bar. More recipe and set up specifics to follow. Our Evite outlined the pot luck needs and I highly recommend doing it this way so that you don’t have major items missing or get a table full of desserts. Here’s a great brunch menu list for a well rounded offering:
- egg casserole or dish with meat
- non-meat egg dish
- berries or fruit salad
- orange & cranberry juices
- sparkling water
- small bottled water or other kids drinks
- Bloody Mary Bar (can divide out vodka, mix & fixings or have 1 person provide all)
- green salad
- sweet pastry
- savory pastry
- ‘kid’ dessert
- ‘adult’ dessert
We set an early, 9:30 AM start time to try to help those families with both a toddler and a baby (who nap late morning). The timing seemed to catch all the kids at their best and most folks stayed long after the hunt. In stereotypical Seattle form, it was forecasted to drizzle during the egg hunt so we didn’t hide the eggs until after all the kids had arrived and were snacking inside. My older daughter had a blast hiding eggs and laying out ‘Bunny Footprints’ to guide the toddlers to eggs. And we got lucky and the drizzle didn’t start until the very end of the hunt. The kids wouldn’t have cared but the adults were definitely happier!
When we scheduled the party we chose the Sunday before Easter so that we didn’t conflict with family parties or church services. The kids are so young that they don’t realize that it’s not actually the official day the Easter Bunny comes and nearly all of our members could make it.
Décor details include a Meri Meri Bunny Balloon Kit and antique chocolate molds as part of the table centerpiece grouping, flowers with glitter eggs found at Metropolitan Market, my collection of vintage Steiff rabbits, an Easter Tree & ornaments issued years ago by Christopher Radko along with eggs and ornaments I’ve collected over the years, a vintage wine bottle drying rack from France and other items from my collections.
The Bloody Mary bar featured:
- Emeril Lagasse’s tomato juice mix
- 3 salt dips (savory = Old Bay Seasoning, lemon = Old Bay Lemon & Herb Seasoning, spicy = 3 T chili powder, 3 T kosher salt, 1 T cayenne pepper)
- protein options: bacon, salami bites, shrimp
- pickled items: mini dills, pepperoncini, Delallo Mild Giardiniera (mixed veggies) & Mezzetta cocktail onions
- green & black pitted olives
- fresh items: blanched asparagus spears, celery, cherry tomatoes, lemon & lime wedges
- spicy sauces: tabasco, sriracha & Frank’s Red Hot
- seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt
- vodka in a decanter
- framed instructions: (Choose your glass, salt the rim, fill with ice, add the vodka, choose your fixings, fill with juice mix, spice it up, enjoy!)
- random collection of jars, various sizes displayed on antique bottle drying rack
- set of 4 mini copper pots holding water & salts for rimming glasses
- an antique brass & glass shelf
- various vintage silver serving forks and tongs and wooden skewers
- stainless ice bucket & scoop
The Mimosa bar was a pretty simple version and featured just Champagne, St. Germain (elderflower liquor), strawberries, San Pellegrino, orange and cranberry juices. In the past I’ve also featured blackberries, blueberries and additional juice options. This party the cranberry version was most popular – probably because it was a break from the norm.
Next post will have a few DIY décor ideas so I’ll sign off with a few more photos.