At Gift Fairy, we look forward to planning themed brunches for any reason, in any season. Currently we’re looking forward to Cinco de Mayo falling on a Saturday, and the wonderful excuse to grab our closest pals for some memory-making over margaritas. Are you planning to do the same and stumped on how to make this year’s fiesta a little more magical than years past? Looooook no further: we’re gonna break down the basics and give you our special touches to plan the perfect Cinco de Mayo brunch for your babes.
Thinking through the basics will help you plan ahead and ensure you don’t have to wake up at 5 AM in order to deliver a thoughtful experience for your guests. So what do you have to cover? Here’s our rundown:
- The Menu for the Fiesta (see menu ideas below!)
- Meal prep leading up to the event: cut and store everything during the week; grind your coffee beans; squeeze your orange juice ; beat your eggs! Anything to save you some time!
- Make a service plan: how will you serve the food? Plated, buffet or family style? Identify where you’ll be placing the items and make sure you have all the serveware and tools to execute!
- Décor: pro tip? set your table the night before! And make sure to buy your themed accents and arrange your flowers ahead of time.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to make for your guests, here are some of our recommendations. Everything on this list can be made and kept in the oven at 200 degrees until showtime, so there’s no need to be cooking right up until it’s time to eat in order to have a warm meal.
Egg Dish: Huevos Rancheros
Is brunch really brunch if you don’t have an egg dish? Check out this yummy recipe to make huevos rancheros for a large group. You can also make this with more meat, no meat, or egg substitutes, depending on your group’s (and your) preferences.
Savory Entrée: Chicken Enchiladas
Enchiladas are super easy to prepare ahead of time, keep in the fridge and pop in the morning of the event. You can even keep an extra batch ready in case the group is feeling in the mood for seconds (and they freeze well, if you want to keep on hand for dinner another week). Recipe here.
Sweet Entrée: Mexican French Toast
We all have friends that crave that sweet bite during brunch. This french toast has all the flavors needed to complement your other dishes, and keep on theme.
Something Fresh: Guacamole
Guacamole is a must have for any Cinco de Mayo gathering. It makes a great appetizer or paring to your main dishes, and brings so much flavor and deliciousness to any get together. Recipe for this spicy guac here.
Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas
I know you might be thinking that dessert isn’t necessary when you have a sweet dish on the menu, but these cheesecake chimichangas are so easy to put together, and so delicious, that we just may change your mind.
Coffee and Tea
Speaking of mimosa! Another staple brunch beverage is a citrus-based juice (generally orange juice) with champagne. If you want to really switch things up, consider a mimosa bar for your guests with different juices to pair the mimosa with.
These cilantro infused spicy jalapeno margaritas are so refreshing and delicious. Highly recommend!
Decorating for the Ocassion
Themed Table Scape
Think: bright colors, cacti, and rustic ambiance. A warm, welcoming and charm-filled table for your guests to enjoy!
Photo Back Drop
Always fun to have an area setup for cute photos. Here are some ideas!
Drink umbrellas, pinatas and flowers to round out the atmosphere!
Are you planning Cinco de Mayo brunch this year? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!