Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Farmhouse Christmas Brunch.... In the Summertime

We are gearing up for Harvest, and here on the farm harvest is important. Our whole family kind of eats, breathes and sleeps corn and soybeans for the next couple of months.

I am looking past harvest for a short while.....Christmastime.

I know to most of you this post might start out like the annoying part of Hobby Lobby that has Christmas decorations out right after the Fourth of July. But what is everyone favorite Holiday...Christmas.... and Everyone's favorite season...Summertime.

Which brings me to the perfect Farmhouse Christmas in Summer Brunch.

 A few weeks ago I was introduced to The Paperless Post who were looking for bloggers to give their best idea of a special Christmas Entertaining idea in the Summertime."
I'm a huge fan of brunch. This past year I hosted a Christmas Eve Brunch (one of my favorite new traditions) and a Mother's Day Brunch (one of my favorite old traditions)... The food, the brown sugar bacon, the quiches, the fresh fruit, the drinks, the mimosas, the mimosas, did I mention we love mimosas.... Add a Christmastime twist on all of this and you have the most delightful day with your friends and family.

Here is my idea of the perfect Christmas in Summertime Entertaining. A few of my pictures from last Christmas Brunch and several inspiration ideas from Pinterest.


My Kitchen table setting - I like to keep seasonal and Holiday decorations fairly simple
(my farmer would disagree with that statement)


The built in hutch in my kitchen is always one of my favorite things to decorate.




The is a photo of last years Christmas Eve Brunch. I have this huge serving tray and it's always fun to display drinks on. I wrapped a simple red double satin ribbon around two carafe's filled with orange juice and added Champagne to my Pottery Barn wine chiller to keep chilled.


I keep a pot of coffee and use this time to use my cream and sugar dishes like I did here below when I had a summertime brunch with my friend Adriane. her husband is a dairy farmer - so the cow creamer fit so well. Adding little extra touches like this make your event just a little extra special.



Onto the menu.

When I first started hosting things I would go WAY overboard with the food.... I spent the whole night before cooking and early the morning of cooking and right up until the party... still cooking. I like to keep things more simple now. Stick to a few items, keep the menu a little smaller and even... gasp.... buy some stuff pre made.... Now I'm not talking ordering a turkey for thanksgiving here, but for the perfect brunch I purchase a few baked goods from a bakery. Muffins for instance are a great brunch item. kids love a good ol blueberry muffin (see photo here from Pinterest), especially compared to your Bagel and Lox platter.




No good and fancy brunch is complete without a bagel and lox platter. I have made several of them, but this was (and still is) my inspiration photo.... Simple and elegant display, see more about it here



Cheese boards are served with everything that I host and/or attend. Pizza night, birthday parties, family dinners, Thanksgiving, it goes on and on... and brunch is no exception. I love the fresh herb stems, it makes your board very rustic and especially rosemary screams Christmas.


Christmas is all about traditions.. old and new - I love traditions. My mom always made brown sugar bacon Christmas morning. So yummy and easy it was a no brainer to add to my Christmas brunch menu last year. See recipe here



Quiche is another special thing that my mom made every year on Christmas morning, so it naturally makes an appearance at our table as well. I usually do a hearty meat one for the farmers in the family and a roasted vegetable and brie one for the farm wives of that family.




Although currently I am prepping my household for fall and my farmer heading into the fields for the next several months, this post does have me a little inspired for the upcoming Holiday Season. Take a look at The Paperless Post for all of your upcoming Holiday and invitation needs. It's one of my new favorite go-to invitation and card websites. Classic and simple designs. With so many e cards and email invites and Facebook invites, I am still a fan of old fashioned invitations that you get in the mail.

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