Everything you need to know for putting together a charming Christmas brunch! From the best Christmas cocktails to table setting decorations! We’re sharing details to create a beautiful holiday table setting.
The present opening can work up an appetite and after a few hours of wrapper paper flying and lots of coffee, we’re ready for brunch! Sharing all of our favorite brunch recipes and brunch ideas to put together a charming Christmas brunch!
I like to cook brunch on Christmas day, that is if someone else in our family cooks Christmas Eve dinner! I usually pick one or the other so I can enjoy my family during the holiday season too.
It starts early with a morning coffee bar and opening presents. After that, it’s all about the food. We have a traditional menu that we will cook almost every Christmas morning and it’s ALWAYS a hit!
I love the sound of a Christmas movie playing in the background and the kids discovering their new toys. Then serving a beautiful, festive brunch is the frosting on the cookie. Below are my tips on how to put together a charming Christmas brunch!
How to Host a Charming Christmas Brunch
It’s all about the charming details, so I styled a table that is easy for anyone to do. Using greens as simple decorations and a snowy-looking table runner, I was able to create a magical Christmas brunch table setting.
Also, check out more beautiful Christmas table decorations to get ideas.
How to Fold a Christmas Tree Napkin
It’s not every day you add a napkin fold to your table setting, but Christmas is the perfect time to do it!
I folded all of our white napkins into trees and absolutely love this detail! It’s truly not that hard to do either and a great activity for an older child. You can watch the video above for a quick tutorial!
Setting the table for Christmas Brunch
There are so many beautiful ways to set a table for Christmas! First, you need to know the proper way to set a table. You can see our guide for a charming modern table setting here.
Pick a Theme
This year I went for a lighter, snowy look. Maybe it’s because I’ve been longing for a snowy cabin vacation! I used white and gold dishes I’ve had for a while. If you need extra white dishes for guests, try Home Goods, Target and Walmart.
They all have affordable and quick options. Then pair them with gold flatware. For the runner, I bought fuzzy white fabric and cut it! No sewing is required since the fuzz covers the cut line.
For the centerpiece, we kept it simple and added flocked greens into white and gold vases.
This is literally something anyone can do. Just buy some fresh greens at your local grocery store and then cut off the branches and place a few branches in each vase.
You’ll need at least 15-20 small white vases to get the full look. A variety of white vases like these from West Elm would work perfectly!
Also, entertaining tip: Set the table, glassware and fold your napkins the night before so it’s all ready for Christmas morning!
I find that if I don’t do it the night before, I end up not doing it at all because of the craziness! So stay up late while you’re putting presents under the tree and set your table!
Christmas Brunch Recipes
Creating a Christmas brunch menu is crucial when hosting a Christmas brunch. Here are some of our favorite recipes to make and serve for the holidays.
- The best Blueberry Muffins
Add holiday flavors and spices to each recipe like cranberries, cinnamon, eggnog, etc.
What is a typical brunch menu?
A typical brunch menu consists of an egg dish, meat like bacon or sausage, and pancakes or waffles. Brunch is also served with a mimosa, orange juice, or coffee. It’s also nice to have seasonal fruit platter on the table.
For example, for your french toast, maybe it’s eggnog french toast with cranberry syrup. If you have those three main dishes your brunch will be so good, elves will join!
My Christmas brunch menu has been a tradition for many years and it’s always hit. I make a cheesy and delicious frittata with pimentos and green peppers and a whole lot of cheese.
People love this recipe so much and rave about it! Make it in a bowl the day before, store it in the refrigerator, and bake it in a cast-iron pan on Christmas morning.
Another tradition we have is our french toast puffs. They are SO GOOD and you can prepare the day before too. These are the best hot and fresh, so they should be fried just before eating.
Sometimes I’ll switch it up and make these overnight yeast waffles which are also divine! You do need a waffle maker and it’s a little more time-consuming unless you do something like this waffle bar. Then you can have your family and guests make their own.
Drinks for Christmas Brunch
Serve a festive cocktail with seasonal juice and sparkling water. For the kids, we buy sparkling apple juice for special occasions. Here are some of our favorite holiday brunch cocktail recipes:
Orange Juice Cocktails – Orange juice is a breakfast staple. When mixed with spirits, it made a wonderful drink for brunch.
Christmas Martini – A fancier cocktail made with cranberry juice. It’s easy to make and delicious!
Sparkling Prosecco Cocktail – If you love bubbles for brunch, this is a wonderful drink made with Prosecco and orange juice.
Candy Cane Christmas Punch – A punch made with peppermint ice cream and eggnog.
Hot Chocolate – Our favorite hot chocolate recipe.
Of course, the coffee is always hot and ready on Christmas morning. Actually, no one can touch the gifts until I have made my coffee! Switch it up for brunch and try one of these festive recipes!
- Snickerdoodle Coffee Recipe
- White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha
- Eggnog Peppermint Mocha
- Gingerbread Coldbrew Latte
It also doesn’t feel like brunch without Champagne! Serve some cranberry mimosas or a classic mimosa.
How to Make a Cranberry Mimosa
Add a little sweetened cranberry juice to a crips bottle of Champagne for an easy cranberry mimosa! Recipe below.
Also, homemade eggnog is also such a treat on Christmas morning!! This eggnog recipe is one of my favorites!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you set up a Christmas brunch?
Follow our table setting guide and then add your own Christmas decor to the table. Fresh greens in vases, a table runner, ornaments and candles are all easy Christmas table decorations.
What do you eat on Christmas morning?
Here are some ideas for what to eat on Christmas morning:
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit
- English Croissant
- French Toast
- Bacon or Sausgae
More Christmas Entertaining Ideas!
Holiday obsessed like we are? Try these Christmas entertaining ideas!
I hope you’ve been inspired on how to put together a charming Christmas brunch! Please share with us on social if you use any of our ideas.
Christmas Brunch – Cranberry Mimosa
- 4 ounces Champagne
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
- 3 cranberries
- Pour the Champagne, cranberry juice and orange liqueur into a Champagne flute.
- Add the cranberries.