Vintage Holiday Brunch
Although entertaining can be extremely rewarding and merry, hosting meal parties during the holidays can also be quite daunting. Whether you’re planning a Christmas Eve brunch or a Christmas Day brunch, sticking with a theme is very important in executing the perfect event, and we've got all of the holiday brunch ideas you'll need. From elegant dinner parties to a “Naughty or Nice” cocktail soiree, here at Southern Living, we love a holiday party!
Event planners, Mary Alice Sublett and Amber Housley demonstrate sticking to a theme perfectly. They have created a vintage Christmas brunch, complete with retro-inspired details like invitations to go along with the theme, a colorful Christmas tablescape, and several dramatic floral touches. Another vintage decorating tip is to always remember to utilize old jars. In this case, Mary Alice and Amber chose to pre-make desserts to serve from the jars. While acting as a serving dish, it also serves as a classic decorating piece. Our holiday brunch ideas will help you entertain through this upcoming holiday season!
Christmas Brunch Ideas
Event planners Mary Alice Sublett and Amber Housley create personalized weddings and events that are anything but cookie-cutter. This Christmas brunch has a lively flair with its crisp red-and-blue color scheme and a subtle peppermint theme.
"We incorporated vintage ideas with a modern twist," says Mary Alice. Thoughtful details such as a custom welcome sign and locally produced party favors make their Christmas brunch a merry and memorable one.
A nod to the crisp winter weather, a snowflake motif was carried throughout the invitations and paper goods.
Set a Colorful Table
Antique-style white wooden chargers and beaded-edge dinner plates play up the party's vintage look. They're topped with vibrant bird salad plates and blue paper boxes, which serve as both place cards and party favors.
Stagger Flowers on the Table
As a casual alternative to a formal centerpiece, Mary Alice and Amber arranged multiple bouquets of red tulips, roses, and ranunculus in vintage milk-glass vessels for a monochromatic look with lots of texture.
Package Premade Desserts
Served in glass jars with latch lids and embellished with snowflake trimmings, these ice-cream desserts can be scooped ahead of time and stored in the freezer.
Elevate Store-Bought Candies
Even simple candies seem special with thoughtful presentation. Friend and Nashville-based scrapbook maven Jenni Bowlin made homespun, typed identifiers for the "sweet treats" bar.
Serve Simple Cocktails
In keeping with the peppermint theme, they made minty Candy Cane Gimlets using peppermint Schnapps and Sprite. For a fun touch, peppermint candy stir sticks garnish the recipe.
- Recipe: Candy Cane Gimlet
Wrap Up Local Treats
Mary Alice and Amber boxed up tasty chocolate-dipped peppermint sticks from Nashville chocolatier The Cocoa Tree as sweet parting gifts. "A good budget for favors is about $5 to $7 per guest," says Mary Alice.