Hosting a DIY Brunch Shower + Recipe Ideas
The last few years have been jam packed with amazing celebrations - engagements, weddings, and now new babies. With all of these happy milestones came tons bridal and baby showers to plan! After hosting and attending these beautiful showers, I'd definitely say my favorite type of shower is a brunch at someone's home. It's a relaxed, laid-back environment, and honestly what is more delicious than brunch!
A few weeks ago, 6 friends and I hosted a DIY baby shower for our dear friend Stephanie (her daughter was just born two days ago on leap year!) Step 1 was finding a venue - our friend Priscilla volunteered to have it at her gorgeous new home - perfect! Step 2: Determine a theme - we went with a girly Rainbow Sprinkle theme, perfect for our mom-to-be. Step 3: Coordinate favors, decorations, and games with the hostesses. And last: figure out a menu.
With 30 people coming, we needed to create a super yummy menu, but it also had to be easy enough to through together without getting stressed out or spending the whole day in the kitchen. My friend Hillary (you may have seen her in some of the first WNB videos!) is a culinary queen, so we decided to partner on a menu that we could easily work on together - Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Mixed Berries, French Toast Casserole, Vegetable Frittata, and Sweet Potato Hash. Then we coordinated with the other hostesses and my mom to help with drinks and desserts, and we were all set!
Yogurt Parfaits: We used clear plastic cups and started with a layer of greek yogurt on the bottom, then a bit of honey, gluten-free granola, and berries, and repeated the layers. Yummy and healthy!
Overnight French Toast Casserole: making anything that can sit overnight is such a huge help when you're cooking for a brunch shower. We combined several Overnight French Toast Casserole recipes we found on Pinterest (there are so many good ones!) and used a combination of Brioche and Challah, lots of cinnamon, sugar, cream, and topped it with pure maple syrup and powdered sugar. Not exactly healthy but definitely a worthy indulgence!
Vegetable Frittata: We did a version of the WNB Breakfast Casserole and used sautéed onions, garlic, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and mozzarella cheese. Any veggies that you love will work in a frittata!
Sweet Potato Hash: Another fan favorite. We did one version with pancetta and another one meat-free. Just chop up sweet potatoes, mix them with olive oil, sautéed onions, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, and roast until crispy!
My number one tip if you're cooking for a shower is to do as much as you can the night before. The overnight French toast casserole was a huge help. We also cut up all the fruit and sliced the veggies for the frittata the night before. No stressing on the day of the event please!
Brunch shower success! Can't beat a fun day filled with delicious food and lots of girl-time.
What are your go-to brunch recipes? Share below! :)
3/2/2016 06:12:19 pm
Looks wonderful, how do we get the French toast casserole recipe? It looks delicious.
3/3/2016 09:33:43 am
Thank you! I kind of combined a few recipes for the French Toast Casserole but I'll send you all the details - you'll LOVE it!
7/26/2016 06:56:26 am
agreed - the French toast casserole looks delish! Any chance you can send me your combined recipe? thanks!!
8/2/2016 03:04:22 pm
3/3/2016 07:49:38 pm
Absolutely Beautiful and so deelish
3/10/2016 03:25:04 pm
Thank you!! So sweet of you!
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