As Easter approaches, you’re probably making Sunday brunch plans. But if the idea of an all-you-can-eat restaurant buffet feels too indulgent (for your wallet and your stomach), try one of these fun, affordable, and still delicious brunch ideas instead.
Host at Home
Whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or a more low-key meal, planning Easter brunch at your place gives you the freedom to set the scene. Decide how you want the day to feel and plan accordingly: For a formal brunch, make something special like eggs Benedict or an Easter ham, serve it on china, and have guests dress up a bit. If you want a more relaxed feel, serve bagels and lox with all the fixings or an egg casserole (made ahead of time and popped in the oven on Easter morning!), allowing the egg hunt and other festivities to take center stage.
Whatever you decide, it will be enjoyable because it was planned the way you wanted it. Don’t forget the mimosas!
Plan a Picnic
If the weather cooperates, plan a picnic at the park or beach and invite friends and family to brunch al fresco. Since preparation and transportation of food and supplies can be more difficult than hosting at home, keep it simple. Serve cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, or chicken salad sandwiches and a few salads, like broccoli salad or watermelon, heirloom tomato, and feta salad. Or, ask each guest to bring a dish to cut down on your planning (and schlepping!).
Plan to have a few outdoor activities, like bocce, Frisbee, or kite flying. Or, host an adult-style egg hunt—hide candy and kitschy gifts inside plastic eggs, and fill one with a $20 bill as the grand prize. Don’t forget to bring a large blanket to sit on and extra blankets to cover up—though March signifies the beginning of spring, it can still be chilly.
Find a Favorite Spot
If you’re in the mood to go out, but don’t want to fight the crowds (or sell your car to afford the jacked-up Easter prices), think outside the box. There are plenty of restaurants out there that will be serving brunch or lunch without the prix fixe menu and hefty price tag. Often, smaller restaurants will let you order off of the regular breakfast or lunch menu while also offering some festive holiday options as specials. And ethnic eateries—like Chinese dim sum!—can be a fun alternative to a traditional brunch. Call around to some of your favorite eateries and see what they have going on—you may be pleasantly surprised.
That said, don’t forget to make a reservation. Even if you’re brunching somewhere off the beaten bunny trail, you may not be the only one with this idea!