Post-Wedding Brunch Ideas
Wind down from the busy weekend by hosting a post-wedding brunch
By Debby Mayne
After the wedding, the couple's families are left with the remnants of the bride and groom's big day. Having a brunch for the families and select out-of-town guests will give everyone an opportunity to reflect and enable the newlyweds to spend more time with loved ones. If you're hosting a post-wedding brunch, schedule it late enough in the morning so people can sleep in and recover from the wedding and reception the day before.
Tea Party Post-Wedding Brunch
Offer a variety of teas to suit relatives on both sides of the family. For those who don't care for tea, have coffee on hand. Platters of sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and vegetable trays will provide sustenance and enable everyone to mix and mingle. Bouquets of fresh flowers on tables and for the centerpiece add just enough color to keep the event festive. You may serve the tea in your fine china, but guests will understand if you want to keep it simple and use your everyday cups and saucers. This is more about enjoying family and sending off the bride and groom than fussing with elaborate tableware.
Fondue Party Post-Wedding Brunch
Provide a variety of meats, vegetables, breads, cake and fruit for dipping. For a group of 10 or 12, offer at least two types of melted cheese, hot oil for the meats and a variety of chocolate for dipping the cake and fruit. If you don't have traditional fondue pots, you can use decorative bowls on warming trays to keep the contents warm. Serve punch and coffee. Have plenty of napkins available in case of accidents. Provide enough plates for each guest to have two -- one for the meats, vegetables and breads, and another for the dessert.
Barbecue Post-Wedding Brunch
If the weather permits, a backyard barbecue will bring everyone together in a relaxed environment and allow them to mingle in a comfortable setting. Provide a couple of choices of meat and meatless main items to grill. On the buffet table, have a variety of salads, chips, dips and plenty to drink. Finger desserts, such as cookies and brownies, are ideal for the backyard barbecue. Use paper plates and plastic cups to keep cleanup simple.
Breakfast Buffet Post-Wedding Brunch
A hearty breakfast buffet full of warm comfort foods will please even the pickiest of eaters. Scramble some eggs and fry bacon, sausage and meat substitutes that you can keep warm on a couple of warming trays. Offer sliced fresh fruit, biscuits, toast, bagels and muffins. Serve coffee and fruit juice. Use everyday tableware or sturdy paper plates. Your guests are there to mingle and relax, so enjoy the time with them rather than having to fuss over cleanup.
About the Author
Debby Mayne is a writer of numerous articles and a contributor to DexKnows.
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