7 Contemporary Brunch Party Ideas

Table set for brunch party with yellow placemats and fruit tart

Brunch represents a marriage of breakfast and lunch options — and the joy of waking up late on weekends. Unsurprisingly, more and more people are leaning toward the idea of brunch parties, since the host (and guests) don’t have to wake up early or stay up late. 

As with most parties, it’s always good to set a theme. So if you’re looking to host a modern yet classy gathering, then here are seven of our favorite ideas to consider.

1. Mimosa Madness

Brunch is not complete without a mimosa (or two). So if your guests love the classic champagne and orange juice combo, then be sure to lean into the mimosa brunch party idea.

When hosting such a brunch party, remember that you want to create an elevated, sophisticated look. And with Cribsi’s wine-serving basics, you can easily achieve this. Our collection is complete with modern accessories that will make your mimosa festivities memorable, such as decanters, chilling buckets, corkscrews, and fridge carafes.

Remember: while your guests may be happy with drinking their mimosas alone, don’t forget to serve pastries, canapes, and other finger foods next to the beverage station. You don’t want your guests to be left hungry!

2. Coffee Jamboree

coffee cups and saucers on table

According to research, 49% of Americans drink coffee daily. So if you’re looking for an idea for your brunch party that is guaranteed to make at least half your guests happy, then go for a coffee-centric approach.

And yes, that means providing your guests with all the ingredients and coffee accessories they need to make the perfect cup. Apart from preparing coffee, cream and milk (dairy and non-dairy variations), sweeteners, and mugs, your coffee station needs to be equipped with a coffee maker (including a double-walled coffee press), a coffee mill, and a water heater, to name a few. In case your guests prefer tea over coffee you should be ready with various teas, milks, and sweeteners so they can enjoy themselves too.

When hosting a coffee brunch, be sure to prepare pastries that go well with the drinks, such as classic biscotti as well as muffins, croissants, scones, and cookies.

3. Egg-cellent Idea

Eggs are often the heroes of breakfast and brunch. They make for a perfect brunch party theme idea, as you can simply serve a variety of egg dishes to your guests — or ask your guests to all bring their favorite egg dish.

Nothing beats sunny-side-up and creamy scrambled eggs, but if you want to take things up a notch, go for an egg casserole. All you need are a handful of eggs and your choice of veggies and proteins. Popular inclusions are mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, cheese, and sausage, but you can customize these any way you want. Prepare it in a ceramic baking dish the day before, and reheat it a few minutes before your guests arrive.

Here are some other egg-citing recipes to go with this fun brunch party idea:

  • Eggs Benedict
  • Egg frittata
  • Egg breakfast quesadillas
  • Egg salad sandwich
  • Devilled eggs

Again, don’t forget to prepare a drink station next to your egg table. Mimosas and Bloody Marys go perfectly with eggs, so be sure to serve them in a stylish fridge carafe for the ultimate impact.

4. Charcuterie Soirée

table with charcuterie board and drinks

Charcuterie boards are more popular than ever, largely because of the elegance they bring to any situation. So if you’re thinking of hosting a stylish brunch party, then your ideas should focus on crafting an elegant charcuterie experience.

With Cribsi’s contemporary serveware collection, you can find all the elements you need to create sophisticated charcuterie boards. Our acacia cheese board with a knife features a classic design to help your chosen cheese, crackers, and meat stand out. Don’t have proper cheese knives? We also offer a set of cheese knives to help you and your guests slice soft and hard cheeses to perfection.

And, since cheese is best paired with wine, don’t forget to serve light-to-medium whites (think Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc) or rosés in a wine-chilling bucket

5. International Love

Celebrate diversity and different cultures with an international theme. You could focus on one theme, say English breakfast, or you could go for more variety by hosting an Asian-themed brunch party. There are 195 countries in the world, so there are lots of ideas for your brunch party!

Whatever destination or cuisine you choose, remember that it’s all about serving everything in aesthetic pieces. And, with Cribsi’s modern decor, that’s easy to achieve. Our pieces are not only modern and artisanal, but they’re highly functional too! Our PAC linen table runners and cotton placemats, for one, come in various designs to let your dishes shine.

6. ‘Let Them Eat Cake’

chocolate cake and coffee on table

Although cake is a dessert, it can be the star of your brunch party idea as well. After all, there are a lot of ‘breakfast cakes’ that you can serve!

There’s blueberry cake, coffee cake, rhubarb cake, and the list goes on. The more cake slices you place on Cribsi’s walnut cake stand, the better. You want your guests to have a great selection, after all!

As for the beverages, the best choices are still coffee and tea! Similar to the coffee brunch party idea above, be sure to prepare a station that’s complete with all the drinking essentials your guests are going to need.

7. Monochromatic Shindig

Planning on hosting a ‘simple’ brunch party? Then make sure to focus on a certain color or shade. This will give your party a ‘theme’ even if there’s none at all!

If you want a basic monochromatic pa .rty in solid colors (think black, white, or navy), you can always use minimalist porcelain or stoneware plates and pair them up with contemporary flatware. And, to complete the look, serve them with matching table linens, napkins, placemats, and runners.

Remember: even if your brunch party idea is focused on monochromatic accessories, you can still add a pop of color to the set-up! For example, you can place a flower-filled vase or planter in the middle of the table!

Make it Memorable with Cribsi!

Hosting brunch parties is fun — especially if you stick with any of the themes above! Whatever idea you choose, you’ll surely impress your guests as you get inspired by our design tips.