How to Throw the Easiest Bagel Brunch

Hosting brunch doesn't have to be stressful! A build-your-own bagel bar simplifies hosting a breakfast party, and only you'll know how easy it is! Get our fun (and affordable!) ideas for creating the ultimate bagel platter including DIY toppings and spreads. Plus, get a free party kit filled with recipes and printable invites.

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Gather friends for a laid-back bagel brunch. The easiest recipe for morning entertaining: Buy a stack of bagels, set out a spread of toppings, and brew some coffee. All you'll need is one platter and a few mugs! We're sharing our best brunch ideas, including self-serve toppers and spreads. Plus, get our recipe for the ultimate cup of coffee. 

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The Spread

Fill your bagel bar with both savory and sweet toppings, including a few quick stir-together cream cheese toppers. 

Topping ideas: Sliced deli meats and smoked salmon, everything bagel seasoning, thinly sliced fresh fruits and veggies, capers, fresh herbs. 

Try these creative cream cheeses:

  • Berry + Cinnamon: Cream cheese, finely chopped berries, honey, and cinnamon.
  • Garden Veggie: Cream cheese, finely shredded carrot, chopped sweet pepper, chopped green onions, garlic, onion powder, and paprika. 
  • Onion-Chive: Cream cheese, chopped green onions, snipped fresh chives, onion powder, and garlic. 
  • Maple-Spiced Pumpkin: Cream cheese, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice. 

Try making homemade smoked salmon! 

Jam On

Homemade jam is the perfect bagel topper and makes a sweet take-home party treat. Whip up a batch of fruit preserves and stash it in small mason jars. Set out a few during breakfast. After brunch, send each guest home with their own jar. 

Get our best homemade jam and jelly recipes. 

Creative Cold brew

A self-serve iced coffee station means everyone can fix their coffee just the way they like it. Plus, there's no need to worry about keeping the coffee hot. In addition to a bucket of ice, set out a selection of flavored creamers, half-and-half, and sweet stir-ins like honey. 

Make the perfect batch of cold-brew coffee. 

Try these homemade coffee creamers! 

 

 

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