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Jan. 29, 2010 11:41 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2010 11:59 am
My best friend is throwing a brunch baby shower for her DIL in May.  I know it's far away, but she's already looking to me for ideas and of course, a big part of helping with the food.  I figured we'd have the usual muffins, cinnamon rolls etc, but need ideas on something that maybe we could put together the night before and pop in the ovens in the morning.  The shower is at 10 a.m., so we won't have much time in the morning to do a lot.  Any ideas?  Thanks so much!
Jan. 29, 2010 12:21 pm
I like to get bagels at Panera- have them put them through the bread slicer...nice base for cream cheese, or a little smoked salmon. Beautiful with a fresh fruit platter. Could also do individual quiches in muffin cups. I like to make monkey bread this way too- then you have handy portions!
Jan. 29, 2010 12:27 pm
Seems like you have the sewwt end covered. What about savory? I make this a lot in various forms: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bacon-Egg-and-Cheese-Strata/Detail.aspx It goes together the night before too! Have fun!
Jan. 29, 2010 12:58 pm
I think you said it with the word "usual" muffins, cinnamon rolls, etc. Depending on the size of the crowd and what their tastes are, maybe you need something a little UNusual. Brunch doesn't have to be breakfast only. I like showers that have a little bit of a theme (not overboard). I also like the feminine touch - girlie sized food, doilies, silver tea pot, flowers and fruit. So, starting backwards, how about peti-fours for dessert? They can be made in advance and frozen, or ordered from a bakery. They are small and delicate looking and bite sized. A dessert table with different heights of cake pedestals with small but elegant bite-sized desserts, a real tablecloth (not plastic or paper) silver trays with tiny cupcakes with paper umbrellas in them. Goblets with sweets like yogurt-covered raisens, little buttermints, even jelly beans. Little flower arrangements inbetween. Working backwards, the little quiches in muffin-cup sized portions are great. Use the Bisquick impossible quiche recipe for those, no pie crust to cut into small pieces. If you have some small jello molds, and the group is manageable, how about some individual jellos with fruit, a real fruit salad with the melons cut with a melon-baller, or fruit platters with the fruit cut to highlight the colors and shapes - strawberries sliced to show off their heart-shape, oranges cut in half and sliced to look like happy face smiles. Classic finger sandwiches with fillings of chicken, walnut and cranberries. Small pieces of mouth-watering cheddar cheese wrapped in paper thin ham, celery sticks with an old-fashioned piped filling of herb something or another. If someone can make vegetable curls out of carrots and remember radish roses? I haven't even seen a radish in years, but the roses were cute. If this is a small party at home, use the wine glasses for the water and juice, the porcelain tea cups instead of mugs. Get out the good dishes, or borrow some. Paper napkins are okay if they are absorbent and pretty. Showers aren't just for the VIP, everyone should enjoy them. If you can't afford fresh flowers, make tons of great paper flowers out of party streamers use baby colors. All of these things can be done in advance - starting now. It is more work, but when you do it with a friend, it is a joyful endeavor.
Jan. 29, 2010 1:02 pm
Oh, silly me, for flowers, just use tons of Baby's Breath in tall arrangements and small ones in, of course, baby food jars tied with ribbons that are pink, blue, or some of each.
Jan. 29, 2010 6:25 pm
If you look at my page I have a recipe for no turn omelit. It is a great breakfast/brunch meal. Happy shower, Jill
Jan. 29, 2010 9:59 pm
Daiseyland, will you help me plan the food and decorations for my next event? lol Don't know when it will be but you have some great ideas for a baby shower, I can only imagine what else you could come up with!
Jan. 30, 2010 8:23 am
Fritattas are always a good choice for brunch. You can make them ahead of time, and let's face it...they're classy. The Barefoot Contessa created one that I think would be perfect. Here's the link to the video: http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/smoked-salmon-fritatta/18022.html
Jan. 30, 2010 1:20 pm
cardenas427- I've made that fritatta with a lot of changes but it was DIVINE. Oh yummo!
Feb. 4, 2010 11:59 am
oh my goodness so many good and cute ideas! I never thought of a fritatta (silly me & I'm 100% sicilian!) And a "no turn" omelette? awesome! thanks ladies!
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