2 friends and I are co-hosting a shower next weekend. It is from 10 - 12, so solidly brunch territory. Here's my rough ideas so far:
-savory breakfast casserole(s) I have a recipe for a sausage, egg, cheese bake, or one with a potatoes, eggs, ham, cheese. I also thought of quiche, but if we end up with 25 - 30+ people attending plus are at someone's home with only one oven, quiche sounds more labor-intensive.
-cheesy hash brown potato bake
-assortment of mini muffins or sweet breads
-green salad (I was thinking about one I just had at a Christmas party - cashews, a light sweet dressing, and parmesan cheese. I thought about doing poppyseed dressing + fruit but thought that was probably overkill with the fruit salad.)
drinks: an oj-based punch, water, coffee
and cake for dessert
Does this sound like we've got our bases covered or am I missing something really obvious? One co-host is recovering from influenza and the other has a sick infant, then there's me with pregnancy brain, LOL.
I think it looks good. I would go with the cashew salad over the fruit/sesame dressing option because you already have a fruit salad. I might add some regular rolls to go along with the salad but that is about it.
Looks good to me! I think the simpler the better in this case. I would also pick the cashew salad or the sesame one. If you want to make it easier you could probably skip the cheesey hashbrowns and add another eggbake dish/make more. They're all kind of one of the same. I would also maybe consider a fruit tray with yogurt dip over a fruit salad, it just seems to go over better here, but that's a NBD personal preference thing.
The sausage/egg/cheese bake sounds great- I'd do that instead of the other one with potatoes since your already making a hash brown bake. yum! I always think how all of this will look on a plate/table, and I'd probably be least likely to reach for the green salad, if it were me I'd probably nix that altogether. Not sure what I'd put in it's place- possibly something that doesn't need a fork... Oh, what about sparkling cranberry Brie bites? www.annies-eats.com/2012/12/19/sparkling-cranberry-brie-bites/
I'm not sure about the green salad, either. I probably wouldn't eat it at a brunch... but on the other hand, it's not expensive to throw it out there as an option.
What about quiche bites? You can pre-cook them and serve them at room temp and they'd be fine. While I'm all about making all things by scratch, I wouldn't be the least bit hesitant to buy the box at Costco. They cook super fast and are fine room temp.
If you just do one egg/meat dish, I might also throw in something else with protein for those that can't do eggs. Maybe like sausage rolls?