Our Mini Family: How to Host a Last-Minute Christmas Brunch


How to Host a Last-Minute Christmas Brunch

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This time of year, we cannot bring ourselves to say "no" to our friends and our loved ones. Maybe it's the Christmas joy in the air, or maybe it's our lack of prioritizing responsibilities. But I know I am not alone in committing to too many events and parties this time of year--and sometimes, I say silly things like "sure, I can throw brunch this year" with only a day or two to prepare my apartment for hosting a bunch of people over for a holiday brunch. Knowing that it is safe to say we have all been in this position before gives me the confidence to tackle any last-minute Christmas entertaining I volunteered for before checking my schedule!

With only a few days left until Christmas morning, I'm sharing a full party tutorial full of ideas, DIYs, and recipes for hosting a last-minute Christmas brunch! My hope is that this brunch tutorial brings peace of mind to many of my procrastinating sister friends out there, who likely stumbled upon this blog post searching Pinterest in a panic looking for ideas!







DIY Silver & Gold Party Backdrop


The key to mastering a last-minute party is using multi-functional decorations! Wow your guests with a gorgeous party table backdrop that easily transforms into a beautiful photo booth background to take Christmas party photos in front of! Converting this table backdrop into a party activity is as simple as moving the brunch table out of the way!


To create this silver and gold party backdrop for our Christmas brunch, you will need: silver curtain streamers (the length of your party table and your desired height), a beautiful holiday wreath, gold lettered stickers, ribbon, scissors, a hot glue gun, and a plain banner. 





First, you'll want to decide what you want your banner to say. I opted to make mine say "merry," since spelled out that word is just a little bit wider than my wreath. You can make your banner say whatever you want! Some other cute ideas may be "joy to the world," "rejoice," "cheers," "jolly," "believe," etc. Really your options are endless, but if you get stuck and need some inspiration, you can search for some Christmas crossword clues and you'll find lots of one and two-worded phrases to create your banner!



Once you have your banner phrase, you'll want to spell it out in stickers on your blank banner pieces. I definitely recommend deciding what your word will say before you buy your stickers, so you can ensure that you have enough letters to spell it out correctly. 




After you have covered your banner pieces in your stickers, grab your hot glue gun and begin attaching the banner to the ribbon. You will want to leave a minimum of 1 inch in-between your banners so that your pieces have room to move next to each other. 




Leaving a little bit of space between the banner pieces will give your homemade banner a more polished look, so when you hang it up it will have the ability to hang naturally. Once you've finished gluing the banner pieces to the ribbon, allow it plenty of time to dry before you try to move it and hang it. 


While you're waiting for the banner to dry, you can spend time on the rest of your backdrop!


Next, you'll want to grab your silver curtain streamers and hang those where you will put your party table (and I recommend moving the party table out of the way first if you have really long streamers). 


We always place our party table in our living room where all of our friends will be gathered--first, remove any decorations from the wall that you don't want to use as a part of your Christmas brunch decor. Then, you'll want to attach the silver curtain streamers high enough on the wall so that the bottom of the streamers will actually hang belong and behind the back of the table. 



Once you've hung up your silver streamers, grab your wreath and hang that towards the top of the streamers. If you have chosen a spot that already had picture frames/art on the walls, you can use a pre-existing nail in the wall to hang the wreath. Otherwise, I recommend a semi-permanent adhesive hook to hang the wreath to the wall (these are commonly found at home goods and craft stores). 


Finally, hang the banner beneath between the bottom of the wreath and the table! And you're done!







DIY, Homemade Christmas Cards in Under 3 Minutes!


Never have I ever met someone who did not appreciate a homemade and hand-written card! Seriously, if you want to tug someone's heart strings just take a few minutes out of your day to create a card for them--it doesn't even need to be a fancy card. Just something thoughtful that you created with your hands. 


Some of my favorite cards I have ever received over the years were either handmade, handwritten, or both! This homemade Christmas card idea takes less than 3 minutes to decorate a batch of these cards at once, and your guests will greatly appreciate the extra time you took to give them something with that extra personal touch added to a timeless Christmas present. 




For my homemade Christmas cards, I used: plain white cardstock, a small assortment of snowflake stamps, gold ink, silver ink, and a ball-point pen. 




First, you will want to decorate your cards. It's a common mistake for people to write out their handwritten note first and THEN decorate the card, but what I have found to be most time-efficient is decorating with stamps and allowing a little bit of time to dry (just in case you do not like how your stamps came out on the card, then you do not have to re-write the note and start over again!) 

The key to a natural-looking homemade card is using the stamps one at a time. Start with the largest design/snowflake first, and place only a few of these in different spots of the card. I have found that working in odd numbers also helps designs look more natural, so depending on how large your card is you can place either 1, 3, 5, or even 7 large stamps to cover up about 40-50% of the space on the blank card.

Once you've covered about half of the card in large designs, use the smaller ones to fill in any gaps or spaces that stick out to you. Switch between silver and gold however you'd like--I like to put silver and gold right next to each other since I think that does give the card a more cohesive look, however, you can do whatever you think looks good since this is homemade by YOU!


When you are happy with your design, move on! Don't spend too much time on it because you may find yourself over-thinking it and then you'll add too many stamps and won't end up liking your design. If you are pleased with your card, set it aside and work on your next card. I have found that by doing this method, it only takes me approximately 3 minutes per card from start to finish!


Once you are done with all of your card designs and allowed the ink a little bit of time to dry, grab your ball-point pen and begin writing your handwritten notes. This is the part where your wit, love, and friendship comes into play--giving a friend or loved one a homemade card is a wonderful gesture to show someone you took the time to think of them during a very busy time of year!



Christmas Tree Cheesy Bread


This cheesy, pizza-inspired bread is a wonderful Christmas appetizer the whole family can enjoy!


Ingredients:

  • 2 pre-made pizza doughs, thawed (I prefer store-bought to save time!) 
  • 1/2 cup of marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Directions: 
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees (F). 
  2. Lay one of the pizza doughs on top of your baking surface.
  3. Spread the marinara sauce around the middle of the dough, but don't go all of the way to the edges to avoid the mess. 
  4. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese all over the center of the dough. 
  5. Place the second pizza dough on top. 
  6. Trim the dough into a Christmas tree shape using cooking scissors.
  7. Trim the branches of the tree by cutting small sections starting from the top of the trunk to the top of the tree (see images below for a more visual reference). Then, twist each branch away from you.
  8. Whip an egg and brush the egg wash all over the Christmas tree-shaped dough. 
  9. Layer the black pepper and garlic powder all over the dough. 
  10. Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees (F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffin


Nothing screams Christmas morning like some homemade baked goods! This chocolate chip cranberry muffin recipe is sure to please your brunch goers! 


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of fine (baker's) white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees (F). 
  2. Combine and mix the flour, white sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk with the vegetable oil and egg. 
  4. Slowly pour and add in the wet ingredients, and mix well before adding more to the batter. Continue until all of the ingredients (except cranberries) have been mixed together.
  5. Pour the batter into a muffin pan (I prefer to use liners) about 1/2 of the way up.
  6. Place a cranberry in the center of each cavity in the muffin pan.
  7. Bake the muffins in the oven at 400 degrees (F) for 20-22 minutes or until the tops begin to look golden brown. 
  8. Either serve warm or room temperature and enjoy!









Cran-Orange Christmas Drink


This cran-orange Christmas drink is a wonderfully easy treat everyone can enjoy with their favorite brunch foods! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Simply Orange Juice 59 fl. oz. carafe
  • 1/2 cup of all-natural, unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 3-4 cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Pour the orange juice and agave nectar into the glass. Mix well. 
  2. Pour in the cranberries.
  3. Using a spoon, slowly pour the cranberry juice on top of the spoon at a downwards angle so that it drips down on top of the orange juice. Doing this slowly and carefully will keep the liquids separated, creating the effect that makes the drink both taste and look unique.
  4. Serve chilled!





I picked up almost everything I needed at our local Safeway just a few blocks from our home, including the Simply Orange Juice 59 fl. oz. carafe. This is my go-to orange juice--I like that it's never sweetened, never frozen, never concentrated, and most importantly it tastes great! Our Simply Orange Juice 59 fl. oz. carafe is an absolute brunch necessity (especially for Christmas brunch!) 


I hope that my tutorials and ideas for hosting a last-minute Christmas brunch have inspired you to head out and shop for the holiday this weekend! Everyone should be able to celebrate Christmas with their friends, loved ones, and yummy food with beautiful and festive decorations!

If you are looking for even more inspiration for your holiday entertaining this season, you can check out even more ideas here, here, and also here

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24 comments :

  1. Omg this is so amazing babe!!! I'm going to try and host my own x

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  2. Great tips! At least, I'll try that Christmas drink! :-)

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  3. These are great tips. I'll have to try this when I host next year. Great article :)

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  4. This is a seriously great post!! So many cute ideas, and I loved how you included the recipes also. Very helpful!

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  5. Great ideas! The cran-orange drink sounds yummy! This time of year can be so hectic that I have to say no to friends and family to keep myself sane!

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  6. This party turned out beautiful!! I'm also seriously in love with that Christmas tree pizza bread--so brilliant!! I'm going to make it soon! ~ Client

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  7. This is awesome! Love the decor and recipes you put together!

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  8. Enjoed reading this tips, i love brunches. Great recipes xoxo

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  9. This is so awesome! I'm obsessed with the decorations and the food looks delicious!

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  10. Awesome tips and recipes. I have GOT to make that Christmas Tree Cheese Braid!!

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    1. Yes you should--it's a new favorite of ours as well!

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  11. Need to add the Christmas tree bread to my Christmas list for next year!

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