We are just a week away from Christmas! I have the perfect thing that you can serve for brunch or really anytime of the day! You know that I am all about the easy when it comes to entertaining.
Christmas Brunch Board
This month for our Pinterest Challenge, we are sharing ideas for creating a holiday buffet!
Welcome to another installment of our monthly Pinterest Challenges hosted by my sweet friend, Cindy, from County Road 407.
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE PINTEREST CHALLENGE, HERE ARE THE DETAILS!
- each month Cindy selects a photo for inspiration online that we will recreate
- the owner of the photo has graciously given us permission to give our spin on the project
- you will receive numerous ideas that you can replicate in your home to keep things fresh
This month's inspiration comes from Celebrations at Home. Be sure to visit. The photos and entertaining ideas are fabulous!
My twist on the whole buffet/bar this round is a little different. I love coffee table entertaining especially with charcuterie boards. So my buffet is in the form of a Brunch Board.
I've been eyeing this board from Pier 1 for many months now from when I first saw it at The Reluctant Entertainer's site. I finally snagged it with a Black Friday sale. I am totally in love with it and have already used 3 times!
Isn't it gorgeous! Now, it's not food safe. You'll want to put your food on dishes, napkins, towels or place pieces of parchment paper. This board is really large and heavier once filled.
I removed everything from the coffee table the day before. I used a pretty tablecloth. It's too large for this coffee table, but that's perfectly fine. Just rumple it up and place it evenly on the table. The excess can just puddle on the floor with the edges curved under.
I love mixing fabrics. I took 2 holiday napkins and arranged them like this. You'll see that this is where the crackers and muffins will rest. You could also use pretty tea towels.
I planned on paper what I wanted to prepare for my Christmas Brunch Board.
- Ham Delight sandwiches
- fruit kabobs
- blueberry muffins
- spinach dip
- orange juice
Then I go and select dishes and bowls to serve the goodies.
This isn't set in stone of course. You can adjust as you go. Then before guests arrive, I remove the bowls and plates and fill them.
The only recipe that I prepared was for the Ham Delight Sandwiches. I've been making these for years. They are truly the best for lunch, with soups, for breakfasts, tailgates and more.
I am all about easy entertaining that looks fabulous. Can you see why I LOVE this board. I am so glad that I splurged on it. We will use it so much. You'll notice that the triscuits and muffins spill onto the napkins.
Hummus, spinach dip and muffins can be picked up ready-made.
The Ham Delights are the main dish item here so I elevated them so they'd be front and center.
Creating high and low spots on your board creates depth.
Let the edges of the napkin spill over the sides so you can see the pretty pattern.
I placed the Christmas Brunch Board in the center of the coffee table. This way there is plenty of area around to place plates and glasses as your catch up with your guests.
Coffee table entertaining is casual and conducive to conversation. The food and drink is here in one cozy spot.
I used my fine china salad plates here. They are the perfect size for nibbles.
I added a few cranberries to each flute. Fill with preferred self-serve amount of oj and champagne to create your mimosa.
Fill bare spots with fresh greens and berries. You can get these at most grocery stores during the season, but I clipped mine from the yard. We planted a leyland cypress years ago so I could use clippings during the holidays.
This white rectangular tray is perfect for holding the bottles of oj and champagne. It will collect any spills. It had a little extra room on it so I let the muffins spill onto it and added cranberries for color or enjoying.
Fruit kabobs are easy to make with these wooden skewers.
Most of the food here came from Aldi so it's also an affordable spread.
Kisses also fill in blank areas on the board and add a fun treat. Notice the details of the tray. It does have cut in handles on each side for carrying. The tray takes things up a level opposed to just placing the items on the table.