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Best Easy Brunch Menu Ideas

14 easy brunch menu ideas, perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter, a baby shower, or any occasion! Easy recipes that satisfy your savory and sweet tooth.

Brunch Menu Ideas

When Mother’s Day or Easter are approaching I’m always looking for a bunch of great recipes. Here are 14 easy brunch menu ideas to start you off for your occasion. (originally published 5/17, affiliate links present, links to retailer sites may be present)

Typical Brunch Foods

You can always make air fryer breakfast to serve during this middle of break. and lunch time of course. We always have our traditional quiche and a warm goodie like bread pudding, but it’s always fun to try something new that hasn’t been on the menu before.

Baby shower brunch recipes are always helpful as well to throw the perfect party since bite sized foods look pretty and add to the decor really. Making finger foods means you can have a little of this and a little of that and not feel so guilty. Some sweets and a little savory throughout the fun day makes the day more memorable.

If you want to buy the best unique sweet treats I swear by Goldbelly (you can get $25 off your order too). You can order cakes, cookies, bagels and more. Let’s start out with a Fall favorite. These pumpkin cinnamon rolls are always a hit.

pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls

Brunch Ideas for Menu

Many can be made ahead of time. Then you’re not stressed out cooking and baking all the breakfast recipes all at once. Like let’s take our crack chicken deviled eggs for example. I always like the filling to be super cold anyway so this one works out well. I mean any stuffed eggs are great for any occasion.

Make a few poached eggs to serve when making toast in the oven for a bunch of people, and serve with all the things. A toast bar is actually super fun to create with a crowd. Probably something they’ve never seen before, cheap, and you can serve cold as well as serve to order things like eggs, sausage patties etc to go on it.

You just prep the filling and spoon it into pint size freezer bags. For those that aren’t as thick you can then clip the edge off the next day and squeeze into the hollow egg whites so they’re prepped and pretty. I do the same thing with frosting to pipe on top of a 1/2 sheet cake or cupcakes.

1:2 sheet cake

Baby Shower Brunch Ideas

No matter what you prepare, remember it’s the thought that counts. If you are the host for an important person in your life don’t make things that will cause you to remove yourself from the event itself. Remember the moment! 😉

  1. Bacon Egg and Cheese Bundt Cake is savory, with blueberry bran muffins that are sweeter make a great duo.
  2. A batch of canned peach baked oatmeal is incredible. Add candied pecans to the top for added yum.
  3. Air fryer bagels or 2 ingredient bagels baked in the oven are the bomb
  4. Chocolate covered strawberries served alongside our donut muffins will be a hit.
  5. Our twisted bread wreath is really pretty and delicious

Blueberry Pancake Bites or homemade waffles with huckleberry jam are great. You could even do a whole spread of toppings for one thing like a pancake or waffle bar.

instant pot pancake bites

Easter Brunch Menu Ideas

Think of easy breakfast dishes that can be kept at room temperature too when you’re planning things out. Many times you want to have people over for many hours so you don’t want to have to think about “oh no I have to put that in the fridge”. It is best if items can sit and not spoil.

OR if you do have crab deviled eggs let’s say. You can keep them cool for many hours by placing the egg plate on top of another bowl that is filled with ice.

  • For instance a dutch baby is always impressive but sitting out for a while isn’t so great. French toast sticks would stay fresher longer and are much easier to make. 

Cooking time is a factor as well. You do NOT want to spend time in the kitchen while the event is going on. Enjoying the get together yourself is important so sweet breads are always a good choice.

You can make them ahead of time and they’ll still be fresh if wrapped up on the day of. Monkey bread is always a great choice. You can make a smoked monkey bread, air fryer monkey bread or in the oven.

ninja foodi monkey bread

Bridal Shower Brunch Menu Ideas

Now if you have a young gal who is getting married, ask her what her favorite items are. If she just loves something like cake you could do a full cake bar with ALL THE THINGS. Cakes yes but you could just frost them and have toppings on the side like fresh fruit, sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate chips, etc….

We share here too how to make a charcuterie board. You can make those themed too and that is super fun. You can even make a large one and have little boards set out so everyone can gather what they want and take it to their seat.

  1. Blueberry pie filling dump cake or cupcakes are fun and cheap with only 2 ingredients needed.
    1. Our lemon blueberry loaf is amazing too.
  2. Steak Fajita Cups are made in a muffin tin so they are handy to pick up and eat.
  3. Mini Fruit Breakfast Pizza
  4. California Style Eggs Benedict can be a yummy savory brunch item
  5. Our air fryer cinnamon rolls sticky buns are the bomb for sure.
ninja foodi cinnamon rolls 2

Brunch Menu Ideas for a Crowd

For a savory option you can make cheese grits casserole or our copycat Trader Joe’s spanakopita recipe.

  1. Easy Brunch Egg Cups
  2. S’Mores Chocolate Chip Pancakes
    1. Coffee cake
  3. Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches
  4. Overnight Italian Brunch Casserole
  5. Easy spinach quiche
  6. Banana bread pudding
  7. Peanut butter and jelly donuts

Always have sweet options available because um that is what people will expect. I would suggest having a gluten free brunch item too.

peanut butter and jelly donuts

We have more on our Christmas brunch menu here too.

As a treat you should make some pressure cooker jam that will impress your guests and only takes 15 minutes using any fruit(s) in season…with bagels it is a great brunch item.

Easy recipes are perfect, and ones that can be cooked and kept in your crockpot like my crockpot breakfast casserole recipe can help as you can prepare them well in advance and have it cook while you’re getting ready.

If you’re preparing for a little one coming and on a budget take a peek at our DIY baby shower decorating ideas post too!

brunch menu ideas

You don’t have to spend a lot to serve a really nice brunch. When it comes to decorating you can find a lot of great table decorations at the dollar store, grab disposable items to eat on there too that are pretty and very inexpensive too.

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It is all about the thought for these special occasions and that needs to be kept in the forefront.

Now that you have some ideas for what to eat, check out a great roundup of non-alcoholic baby shower drinks / punches perfect for brunch and any occasion that might come up.

baby shower brunch

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Dani

Saturday 6th of August 2022

Such fun ideas! Thank you for the tips!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Yay

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