The holidays are a magical time of year. There are tons of opportunities to host your friends and family and create special moments together. But by New Year’s Day we are all pretty tapped out in the energy department. A casual holiday brunch is all you need for starting off the new year on the right foot.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are all mine.
Casual Holiday Brunch Ideas
Whether you go all out for New Year’s Eve or stay in with the family (we love to do a low-key fancy night in), New Year’s Day brunch is always fun to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need some fun brunch ideas to help you organize and make hosting easy.
Drinks to Serve for New Year’s Day Brunch
Bubbles are a must at brunch. Not only do they pair really well with most breakfast foods, but a glass of sparkling wine generally makes any occasion feel a bit more special.
Freixenet (pronounced Fresh-eh-net) is a great option for your brunch beverage needs. Not only is it easy to find (available in most grocery stores including Trader Joe’s), but has a great price point, although they don’t sacrifice the quality just to be more cost-effective. Total win for us.
The Cordon Negro is crisp and clean with notes of citrus and a hint of ginger (yes please). Not to mention the black bottle is totally chic and dare I say a bit sexy…It is a versatile Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and goes really well with foods with spice like a flavorful breakfast sausage or charcuterie tray.
And for the first time in 20 years, Freixenet has launched a new variety, the Cordon Negro Brut Sweet Cuvee (notes of peach and tropical flavors). This blend is a bit sweeter making it the perfect morning wine. Yes, I said that.
This goes perfectly with something like a raspberry Danish (my fave brunch treat that happens to be store-bought, can’t be any easier) or to sip on its own. Don’t get me wrong, it is still quite dry and not overly sweet. You will never find me drinking a sweet wine.
Being that it is brunch, make sure to still offer the traditional morning beverages like tea and coffee. And if the morning is chilly think of offering an optional “hot toddy” like the hot whiskey and honey that is my husband’s family’s tradition.
While you are aiming to keep it easy, you still want to make sure that your guests needs are met (within reason – you don’t need a full bar situation).
Set out the food, a self-serve drink station and your work is done. Have you heard of using marmalades in your cocktails? Kind of the perfect accompaniment for brunch, am I right?
Other Drinks to Serve:
- 7 Marmalade Cocktails to Try
- Kombucha Mimosa
- Mulled Wine
- White Russian with Coffee
- Spiced Coffee Recipe
And if you have a lot of kids coming over, serve a non alcoholic mimosa bar.
Decorations for Brunch
No need to go crazy on the decorations. Simply use what you have to set a pretty table. Use sparkly leftovers from your festive New Year’s Eve celebrating to give the table some drama. I added a string of crystal-shaped lights to the table to make it look like it was glowing. Lights are a fun way to decorate and I wish that people used them more throughout the year instead of just at holiday time.
Using leftover wrapping paper creates the world’s easiest table runner and if you can’t leave well enough alone (that is my personal motto) add some coordinating fabric to give the table more texture.
And of course, fresh flowers never hurt.
Since New Year’s Day is a lazy day for us where we lounge in pajamas and just relax after late-night festivities, the food must be kept simple. Quick, pre-made bacon quiche bites are perfect and are delicious when paired with the Cordon Negro Brut.
I pair a few store-bought items with a few items that just need to be heated up. It’s a quick and easy way to put a full brunch spread together.
More recipes to serve for brunch:
- Donut Hole Tree
- Dried Beef Roll Ups
- Chocolate and Yogurt Fruit Dip
- Wine Cake
- Bagel Bar from Celebrations at Home
More brunch ideas: