As soon as I decided to host a brunch party, I knew what I had to have. After the success of our DIY Healthy Icecream Sundae Party, I knew I wanted to created a Yogurt Parfait Bar for our Brunch Party.
These gorgeous Swish Plastic Martini Glasses ($6.95 each at Kitchenware Direct) made our parfait bar a little bit fancy - but totally kid friendly (and klutz friendly) too as they're made from unbreakable polycarbonate (and they're even scratch resistant!).
Then we needed our toppings!
I used a bunch of different sized square bowls to hold our yogurts and toppings with spoons and forks for easy topping! You can use whatever yogurts and toppings you like or have available.
First we had our fresh fruits - juicy blueberries, watermelon chunks and sliced bananas. These are the last things you want to prepare (especially the banana) so your fruit stays nice and fresh. The watermelon and blueberries can be prepared in advance, but don't slice your banana until the very last minute or you'll have a brown soggy mess.
For a little bit of crunch and a flavour boost we had shredded coconut and gluten free blueberry granola (Freedom Foods Crunchola - NOTE: this is no longer gluten free).
For our yogurt bases we had low fat vanilla yogurt and low fat plain greek yogurt.
And of course, regardless of how organised I am, I always forget something until the very last minute - this time it was some "sprinkles" - we also had chia seeds and cinnamon for adding that final touch to the yogurt parfaits.
Just so everyone knew what they were putting in their parfaits, we had these gorgeous Limoncello Styling Tags ($4.95/12 pack). Holding them in place took some thought power - for the raised tags, we attached them to bamboo skewers which we stuck into tiny tea light candles placed behind each bowl. The ones at the front we simply stuck on with blu-tack.
And what's a brunch party without muffins?! We went with two types of muffins for our brunch party - our favourite Buckwheat Banana Muffins (click for recipe) and Mango Yogurt Muffins.
Our muffins were piled up onto these gorgeous footed comports ($14.95 for the smaller one and $19.95 for the larger one) which I know a couple of our friends wanted to take home with them :P I'm a big fan of footed things at the moment - bowls, mugs, cake stands - you name it!
The mango yogurt muffins tasted incredible and I'm kind of addicted to them - but they're a little bit ugly so I think they might need some work. That said, if anyone wants the recipe, let me know and I may have to share them - just as long as you don't judge a book by its cover ;)
Even though I like sweet breakfasts, I know that not everyone does - so we had to have a savoury stand too! Which is this 3 Tiered Cake Stand ($39.95)
On our savoury stand, we had;
- Our Healthy Spinach and Ricotta Frittatas made in mini muffin pans
- Our Healthy Crispy Potato Cakes which we doubled the recipe for and used half regular potato, half sweet potato and baked them in mini muffin tins.
- Our Healthy Mini Sweet Potato and Feta Frittatas
We also thought about doing some Mini Bacon and Egg Sandwiches (cutting out bread, bacon and eggs with cookie cutters) but decided we had more than enough food for our little party!
Other ideas we had for our savoury stand that you might like to use were;
- mini corn fritters
- ligthened up deviled eggs
- savoury muffins
- mini lightened up buttermilk biscuits
- mini toasted sandwiches.
The possibilities are endless - we also thought of doing mini pancake stacks, mini baked donuts, french toast sticks, waffles - the list goes on and on. You can take all of your favourite breakfast/brunch foods and come up with a combination that works for you!
And have you ever been to/hosted a brunch party?
I think pancakes are probably my favourite brunch food - and waffles, but I'm always too lazy and too hesitant to get out my waffle iron as everything sticks to it.
This post is sponsored by Kitchenware Direct, however, all opinions, recipes and ideas are Kristy's own and she has not been influenced by the company in any way.