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!

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