At Home Bottomless Brunch

One of my favorite things to do is brunch.  While I love exploring new areas of the city (including bottomless brunches) it’s nice to switch it up once in awhile and host your own brunch!

It can be hard to take a big group to brunch (especially when your friends are always late like mine) so I love the idea of hosting brunch at home.  Here are a few fun (and easy) ideas to customize your brunch:

DIY Mimosa Bar

DIY Mimosa Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put your favorite juice in glass carafes (I bought some from The Container store for under $10- link here) and add some bowls of fruit.  If you’re looking for something easy to ask guests to bring, you can’t go wrong with Champagne!

Grapefruit Juice with Raspberries

Grapefruit Juice with Raspberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love these Chalkboard stickers from Paper Source and by using a chalkboard pen, you can easily wipe them off and reuse down the road.

Trader Joe's Appetizers

Trader Joe’s Appetizers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few of the appetizers I made myself (Pizza Cupcakes with mozzarella, crescent rolls, pizza sauce and pepperoni) but the others I bought from Trader Joe’s (life-saver) which were a huge hit.

Final Brunch Table Set Up

Final Brunch Table Set Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also made pasta salad, pulled pork and of course cupcakes, amongst other things, so that guests had enough to eat after several DIY Mimosas! 🙂

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Travel Tuesday: New York City Girls Weekend

A few weeks ago I took an impromptu trip to NYC to visit one of my best friends, Jaime.  We had some other friends in town, another friend’s brunch and it was the perfect last minute getaway to my favorite city.  There are few better things in this world than a weekend with girlfriends.

A few of the highlights from my trip include dinner at Mexican Radio, La Esquina, Drinks at The Box and Jane Hotel, Dinner at Cafeteria and watching the Colts game with some IU friends.  We packed so much into a 2-day trip (and I even stayed another night to stretch it out a little longer).  Here are some highlights from my trip:

The most beautiful city ever, The girls at dinner at Mexican Radio, Drew’s Birthday Brunch, and our light night excursion to The Box

Reunited with some amazing girlfriends, Drew’s Champagne brunch, My “Welcome” plate from Jaime, and Bar Hopping (and walking a mile) in SoHo

 

 

Fiesta Friday: Best Brunch

Last weekend my mom and sister visited me in DC (and we spent a few days in New York which will be my next Travel Tuesday post) and we had a great time.  They’ve been to DC several times now so I constantly feel like we have to do something new.

I have a few close girlfriends that we wanted to spend some time with and our first idea was to all do brunch.  However, when it became 7 of us (and only the night before that we decided to do this), I decided it would be easier to host everyone at my apartment.

I love brunch and this was a more casual way to get everyone together.  Our menu consisted of French Toast (my dad always made the best, but my mom did pretty well too!), Fruit, Yogurt and Granola Parfaits, Mini Muffins, Erica’s Pumpkin Bread, and lots of mimosas!

We had such a great time.  Here are some other fun brunch ideas:

Bagel brunch (get lots of different bagels and spreads)—This is really easy and everyone loves bagels!

BYOD brunch (everyone brings their own dish) – This makes it easy for the host and then you can focus on the drinks!

And my favorite is one my friend Katherine does…it’s “White Elephant” style but a different theme each time (Jewelry, Books, and Games are a few ideas) – This is fun because you get rid of something in your closet and you come home with something new!

Here are a few pictures…already looking forward to our next brunch!

My sister and I (with our cute aprons), Our table spread to begin with, My mom and I, and our fabulous mimosas!