Bringing in 2013 with Brunch
Personally, I think New Year’s Eve is a bit overrated. I’m perfectly content staying home with my wee-one watching movies, eating popcorn, and maybe—just maybe—watching the ball drop.
But New Year’s Day is different, and this year I’m hoping to throw together a brunch for my dear friends and family. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the New Year, sans hangover. Parents can bring their kiddos and stay as long as they want without worrying about missing a bedtime. Plus, there’s more for the little munchkins to do during the day than at night, such as running wild outside while the parents mingle and brunch.
I don’t love the word buffet—it makes me think of nursing homes and Cracker Barrel (hey, I’m not knocking it, CB has its place and time). I prefer to use the term “DIY” for my brunch set-up. Here’s what’s on the menu:
I’ll be cooking up stacks on stacks of mini pancakes before all the guests arrive. They stay in the warming drawer before people start to eat, then I’ll let them go crazy with different toppings. Sliced bananas, sprinkles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, different syrups—you name it.
And for those who prefer a more savory breakfast? Breakfast burritos. I’ll simply scramble some eggs and lay out various tortillas, shredded cheeses, salsas and chopped veggies, like tomatoes and avocados.
What’s brunch without a little booze? For those of age, I’ll be setting up a champagne corner with all types of juice and fresh berries. The tots will enjoy their own libation station: a hot cocoa bar.
For kids and adults of all ages: a doodle-it-yourself calendar for 2013 like this one. Everything, yes everything, will be pulled out of my craft closet. Markers, colored pencils, stamps, stickers, sequins and glitter. Yes, the latter will be quite messy, but you just can’t celebrate the New Year without a little glitz.
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