Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year's Day Brunch

For years I have wanted to host the young families from our church for a New Year's Day brunch. My dream came true last week, and what a great way to start off a new year!

To make this party a little easier to pull off, I asked guests to contribute to our menu of breakfast favorites. Families signed up to bring something from one of these categories: breakfast casserole; grits or breakfast potatoes; doughnuts or pastries; fruit, veggies or cheese; breakfast meats; or other family favorites. We enjoyed a good variety of dishes, and even with several families bowing out before the party, we had more than enough food.

For our part, we added fruit, cheese and doughnuts to the buffet. The house smelled wonderful with Joe serving up pancakes and bacon fresh from the griddle, and the kids loved dipping into the vases I filled with cereal. (Of course, I had to use the sweet ones because they are more colorful!)

Silver and turquoise ribbons, ornaments and curly branches added fresh wintertime touches to the buffet.

Piled high on this tiered server, a simple assortment of pastries, fruits and cheeses sparkled for the new year.

It was great to start off a new year keeping several of our New Year's resolutions -- among them spending time with loved ones and studying the Bible. As for laying off of sweets, I guess that one starts this week!


Susan Wicker said...

Hi Melissa....Everything looks fabulous and yesterday's post of the colorful wreath was also super. I think you are the Martha Stewart of Alabama! Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Rach said...

Looks so nice, and what a nice thing to do for the church community.

Had to laugh at the sweets comment! Hopefully today is finally the day I can start eating healthier. Started over every day this year!

CHS Creative Productions said...

What a great way to start the New Year, I'm sure your guests are hoping it becomes a tradition.

Moms For Morality said...

This is sweet in EVERY way! Your blog is always full of such wonderful entertaining ideas and great pictures. It's a real "treat" to follow. Thanks for sharing and Inspiring others

Tammy said...

As a young family, I know that would be a great encouragement and inspiration to begin a new year! I love how you think of every one of your guests...from the youngest to the oldest. That's the true sign of southern hospitality!:)

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

What a wonderful undertaking!

You are an inspiration!


Nishant said...

Looks so nice, and what a nice thing to do for the church community.

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