Growing up, our family Christmas party was always quite the affair. It was a full week of baking and cleaning that culminated in an evening of hundreds of guests which filtered through to our very best friends talking late into the night by the fire. We are certainly not in the market for a three hundred person Christmas party, but I love any excuse to decorate and entertain. The holiday season fills up quickly and this year I love the idea of gathering loved ones close for a little holiday brunch (Saturday or Sunday mornings seem to be a less competitive time on the holiday calendar).
I’ve put together a little brunch inspo for you and be sure to scroll through to the easiest red velvet crepe recipe!
Menu: I kept the menu basic with just one variety of crepe, red velvet. But, if you’re up for it, having buttermilk crepes and red velvet crepes would be great too. I had an assortment of toppings including whipped cream, powdered sugar, berries, mini chocolate chips, and syrups.
I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar at this kind of a brunch party but with such a sweet food option, I kept it a bit lighter on the drinks and went with an assortment of organic fruit juices. If I had served something like eggs + bacon I might have gone with a hot chocolate bar but I think the juice balanced out the richness of the crepes quite well.
Tip: Frame some suggested crepe topping combos to give guests ideas if they’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options.
^I went with a gold + silver + wood theme which worked with so many different pieces and tableware 1
^my favorite combo is just whipped cream + mini chocolate chips with a little chocolate drizzle but its also good if you add a little nutella before you add the cream!
^For a little party favor, consider this super easy DIY mug (full instructions at the bottom of the post). I filled them with candy but they would also be great to give along with a packet of your favorite hot chocolate mix.
^It would be great to have small juice glasses next to the juice bar to encourage smaller glasses of juice so guests can try multiple flavors.
- 1 cup Aunt Jemima’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- desired toppings
- In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth (you can also opt to whisk the ingredients together and they taste just as great they just won’t come out as thin).
- Grease a frying pan on medium heat.
- Pour enough batter to THINLY cover the bottom of the pan, swirling the pan to spread it out evenly. When one side is cooked, use a spatula (or your amazing flipping skills) to flip the crepe to the other side to finish cooking.
- Serve warm!
What You’ll Need:
- plain mugs
- paint markers
- Place sticker on mug and use paint markers to surround the sticker with dots.
- Remove sticker (and use a qtip and nail polish remover to clean up any mistakes).
- Place in cold oven. Turn temperature to 350. Bake for thirty minutes and then turn off oven. Remove when cooled.