Both of my casseroles (8-10 servings in each dish) I was able to make and place in the fridge to settle the night before, as well as cutting up the bowl of mixed fruit. For this morning, I chose strawberries and big, beautiful blackberries (and of course I sprinkled a little bit of sugar on top to help even out the tartness of the berries).
That only left me with a few things to do this morning, preparing the beverages, cooking the meat and setting the tables. When trying to figure out the amount of meat to make, I always prepare two pieces of meat per guest, whether it be bacon, sausage or ham. So this morning I made 24 slices of bacon in the oven (oven at 400, line bacon on parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes). Drinks, especially for brunches, are so important! For me, having an assortment of juices and hot drinks is something that I love to have on hand to give my guests options. This can include different coffees and creamers if you would like 🙂
And for my most favorite part, the table setting. For this brunch, I used my cream lace tablecloth and accented with bright red cranberries floating in assorted glass vases with tea lights. It was simple and clean, yet popped with vintage holiday cheer. I also had the kids table ready to go with my girl’s favorite plastic kiddie dishes and cups. That way their eating area could be as messy as they wanted it to be and the adults wouldn’t have worry about it 🙂
I decided to use my everyday china and tea set for this brunch. Normally I like to use one of my two fine china sets, but the color of my plates went along perfectly with the lace and red berries. I also used my favorite vintage juice cups and glass fruit bowls.
For some, having a beautifully set table isn’t a huge priority when entertaining. But for me, it’s the extra effort that goes into making my guests feel welcome, knowing that I put in the time to make their visit special and intentionally lovely.
With 15 minutes before my guests arrived, I turned on my favorite Christmas Pandora station, lit my all time favorite winter candle (Frasier Fir by Pickwick), gave my countertops one last wipe down and sat back to enjoy looking at my twinkly Christmas lights while sipping on a cup of coffee. Because my morning was not rushed, I was able to really enjoy getting ready to invite my family into our home. I wasn’t stressed or pressed for time, and even had a few moments to say a quick prayer that our home would be a blessing that morning to those I love.
And the best part?
Everyone had fun.
None of the food was burned.
My family left with full tummies.
There was laughter around the table.
All of the kids spilled on the floor and ran around with sticky hands.
Everyone left full of love and grace.
And that’s the best kind of company to have 🙂