Home-for-the-Holidays Brunch

Don't let planning a Thanksgiving breakfast or Christmas brunch add chaos to the holidays. We did the work for you! Use these easy recipes for a brunch menu, timeline, and tips to make holiday guests feel at home.
Cinnamon Coffee

With a houseful of guests who could range in age from baby to retiree, it's tough to find brunch ideas that work with so many different tastes and sleep schedules. (Good luck getting that teen out of bed before 11 a.m.)

Ease into the morning with a breakfast cocktail and pot of coffee with the early risers while you finish the brunch menu. By the time you put on another pot of coffee, the sleepyheads will be heading for the kitchen and the cinnamon rolls will be ready for the oven (or maybe even coming out of the oven).

Cherished memories are made around the kitchen table.

Brunch Menu for the Holidays

These holiday brunch ideas can be used for a Thanksgiving brunch menu, Christmas brunch menu, or anytime you've got extra mouths to feed in the morning.

Brunch Drinks

Add sparkle to your brunch. This festive drink is a cinch to mix up, and the pomegranate in Champagne makes it look ready to party.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Or stick with a Classic Mimosa or Bloody Mary. Of course, it wouldn't be a morning meal without coffee. Get our coffee brewing tips.

Turkey-Pepper Brunch Strata

If you have turkey left from your holiday dinner, chop it up and add it in place of the uncooked ground turkey. The egg, peppers, bread, and turkey combination is a family-pleaser. (It's make-ahead, so one of our favorite brunch recipes.)

Turkey Pepper Brunch Strata

People-Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls

Imagine the wonderful aroma of freshly baked rolls. It's a simple feat with one of our most-loved Christmas brunch ideas. Let the dough rise overnight in the refrigerator, then the next morning, give the rolls a little warm-up time at room temperature and bake them until golden. 

People-Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls 

Gingered Fruit Compote

Add another food group to your Christmas or Thanksgiving brunch with a fresh fruit salad. Load it up with seasonal citrus, apples, grapes, or any combination of favorite fruits.

Gingered Fruit Compote

One day ahead...

  • Chill the Champagne and pomegranate juice for the cocktail. Remove pomegranate seeds (aka arils) from the fruit and store in the fridge.

The night before...

  • Assemble the dough for the People-Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls through Step 7. Cover and refrigerate the dough overnight.
  • Assemble the strata. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prep any fruit for the compote that can be prepped ahead. (Cut up citrus, kiwi slices, mango, etc.) Cover and refrigerate.

Six to two hours before brunch is served...

  • Prepare the syrup for the compote, chill for 1 hour. Assemble, cover, and chill the completed recipe.

90 minutes before brunch is served...

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, cook strata as directed. Keep warm.
  • Remove cinnamon roll dough from fridge the last 30 minutes of strata baking time.
  • Set the table or a buffet if you have not already done so.

30 minutes before brunch is served...

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake cinnamon rolls.
  • Take the fruit compote out of the refrigerator to let it warm up a bit.
  • Make the glaze for the cinnamon rolls.

10 minutes before serving time...

  • Make a fresh pot of coffee.
  • Assemble the cocktails.
  • Glaze the cinnamon rolls.

Holiday Hosting Tips

There's more to being a great hostess than food, of course. During the holidays, everyone feels a little spent, so it's important to make sure the guest room can be a restful getaway. Here are a few tips for making your home the best hotel in town.

  • Place nightstands with reading lamps on both sides of the bed.
  • Have an extra chair, side table, and other storage space available so your guests can really settle in and feel at home.
  • If you can, clean out a space in the closet, too.
  • Have a nice variety of pillows (soft, firm, down, hypoallergenic) and blankets (light cotton to heavy wool) on hand.
  • Flowers, a portable CD player, or even a small television are thoughtful touches.
  • Don't overschedule your guests. Give them the option of resting or touring about town on their own for a bit.
  • Purchase any special foods, like cream for coffee, you know your guests prefer.
  • Show guest how to find their way around your kitchen in case they are up late at night or early in the morning.

More Holiday Brunch Recipe Ideas

Biscuits with Scrambled Eggs and Basil-Cheese Sauce

Down-home biscuits go upscale for this elegant brunch dish if you're looking for fancier Thanksgiving brunch ideas, which really work for any holiday.

Biscuits with Scrambled Eggs and Basil-Cheese Sauce

Farmer's Casserole (for 12)

When it comes to holiday brunch ideas, our readers rave about this easy-to-prepare brunch favorite.

Farmer's Casserole (for 12)

Brunch Breads

Try any of these crowd-ready breads. They're perfect in the mix of the rest of your Thanksgiving brunch recipes, but work as any holiday brunch recipe when carb-lovers will be in attendance.

See our best brunch breads



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