I love a good brunch, don't you!?! I've been wanting to put together a music inspired ‘Toast and Jams' brunch for a while. Cute, right? I partnered with Balloon Time to share some fun brunch ideas with you including how to easily use themed balloons to decorate and share a signature cocktail recipe with your guests. This brunch theme is super simple to execute and won't have you getting up in the middle of the night to prepare everything! That's a brunch win in my book! There are just a few things that are essential to a successful brunch, in my opinion. Yummy food, mimosas and great music. As far as decorations go, keep things easy with just a few focal points. If this was a brunch to celebrate a birthday, I would add in some more colorful balloons to make it feel more festive. But otherwise, I like to keep things simple. I kept the food right on the table for easy reach and guests can either sit there or move to the living room. A bar cart is always a great party idea so you can move it out-of-the-way if an area gets too crowded. Fresh flowers always help to make it feel like you put in some effort for your guests (but really don't take much time at all.) I used empty jam jars to create the little arrangements on the table. Finding unique balloons is a really fun way to add personality to your party space. Keeping a helium tank at home allows you to easily decorate for your party without having to struggle to fit all the balloons in the back of your car. I've done that dance and swear there must be some hidden video footage somewhere of my awkwardness, trying to keep all the balloons in the car as the back door comes down.
Your brunch playlist should start off smooth and easy then move toward the more rocking songs. Make sure your guests have at least had one cup of coffee before any Guns N Roses comes on.
I love to customize balloons to make party signs also. Using a simple mylar balloon and some stickers lets me make a balloon say whatever I want. Balloon DIYs and party decorations are super easy with a Balloon Time tank. These simple round mylar balloons come in a variety of colors making it easy to find one that fits the look of your party. To DIY a custom saying, just stick on some stickers! In all my balloon posts I like to mention that you need to consider the weight of any material that you add to your balloon. These stickers were pretty thick and the weight of them made the balloon front heavy. To fix this, you can duplicate the saying on the reverse side of the balloon. I always try to use a really lightweight string or ribbon to secure the balloon so that it isn't contributing to the overall weight. Too much weight on your balloon will be too much for the helium to keep afloat. Oh hey, Drake. I see you in the background. On larger balloons, that have more helium, you can use more weight for your decoration. These stickers were also lighter which meant I could write out a recipe AND a song lyric and the balloon was totally fine. Full disclosure: this would have had the measurements on it too had I made sure the sticker pack I picked up had enough numbers…Duh.Another fun option for sharing a signature party drink recipe is to write on them! I asked Tammy, of Letters to You to write out the recipe for me because her writing is THE BEST! (She's also my sometime photographer. She's super talented!) She used a Sharpie Oil Paint Pen and wrote right on the balloon after it was blown up. I love how that turned out. Since not all of us have such amazing writing, I wanted to make sure to show you can create a recipe with stickers too.
For your brunch, the classic mimosa should always be present (which means there is plain orange juice for the non drinkers…) but I like to include a signature cocktail too. I decided to include a cocktail with jam in it to go along with the brunch theme. Your brunch ideas don't need to be super elaborate, but put a little thought in to the details to make the party cohesive. Having little surprises around each turn is what guests remember! And I wasn't kidding around about the toast part of this brunch theme. I set out 3 different kinds of bread, some of which I pre-toasted (but you can easily set out a toaster – maybe ask someone to bring a second one – and have people toast their own bread as they want it). I also included a raspberry jam danish to stay on theme (and because it's my favorite breakfast ever that I usually reserve for Christmas Day so…)I grabbed a variety of jams to set out so each guest could choose what they wanted. I also set out Nutella, because yum, and avocado because avocado toast is the new donut. It's so hot right now. These brunch ideas are all about having your friends over, giving them a fun experience and enjoying the morning right along with them. And to make the party extra memorable for your guests, you should absolutely send them home with their very own Drake balloon party favor. I mean, YOLO.
This post is sponsored by Balloon Time.
Images by Dez and Tam Photography
If you like these balloon DIYs and brunch ideas, you'll also like: