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80+ Best Spring Brunch Recipes, Drinks and Ideas

80+ Best Spring Brunch Recipes, Drinks and Ideas

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No matter your springtime event, these delicious spring brunch recipes, ideas and cocktails will bring joy to your party. These kid-friendly dishes, healthy choices and sweet treats are ideal for the next Mother’s Day brunch, relaxing afternoon with girlfriends, family gathering or a romantic afternoon date. You’re guaranteed to find something delightful in these 80+ spring brunch recipes!

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This article originally published May 5th, 2020 and has been updated and republished with a new date.

Spring Brunch Recipes, Cocktails and Ideas

The spring season is the time of year for enjoying a leisurely meal with friends and family! These are some of my favorite spring brunch recipes.

This amazing round-up of spring brunch recipes from fellow bloggers includes drinks, dishes and nibbles for a late breakfast or leisurely lunch. There are classic brunch menu items as well as new favorites, with a balance of sweet and savory options.

You’ll find tips for setting the perfect spring brunch buffet for Easter Sunday or springtime baby showers. These spring-themed brunch ideas include favorite recipes designed to suit a variety of guests. And don’t forget the sips, including cocktails, mocktails and drinks for kids.

Italian Cream Soda – Image credit: Salt and Baker

Spring Brunch Essentials

The invitations have been sent and the RSVPs are in! Before your guests arrive, prep your spring brunch serving area and decide where everyone will sit. There are a few important things you need for serving up these amazing spring brunch recipes.

Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe

Serving Utensils

Avoid using your everyday mis-matched serving utensils for parties. Invest in a matching set of Banquet Serving Utensils that will add elegance to your event.

Ample Seating

When chairs are in short supply, have a few of these Stackable Stools in the house for your guests. They offer up extra seating either indoors or out.

Tabletop Food Displays

If counter space is limited, choose one of these Tiered Serving Stands for your brunch spread. Ideal for setting up appetizers or bite sized food, the server collapses for storage.

Brunch Bites and Appetizers

I’m kind of all about the appetizers! In fact, my family often does a Sunday afternoon appetizer brunch after church.

We set out mixed nuts, dried fruit, a variety of cheeses with crackers alongside grapes and sliced apples. Choose to serve only appetizers at the brunch or as the starter before the main course.

Blueberry White Chocolate Scones from Erhardt’s Eat deserve to be paired with equally light and breezy brunch bites. Consider a fresh fruit salad and cucumber sandwiches. A variety of hot tea is a must-do!

Blueberry White Chocolate Scone recipe – Image credit: Erhardt’s Eat

Air Fryer Egg Cups from Recipe This include mix-in ideas that will satisfy all.

Easy and Delish shares these yummy Mango Coconut Streusel Muffins that will give satisfy your sweet tooth.

Photo credit: Easy and Delish

Italian Potato Croquettes by She Loves Biscotti are a savory pan-fried appetizer.

Teensy Ham Cheddar Quiche from Cooking on the Front Burners are an ideal pass-around appetizer at a light brunch, with a nice balance of protein to satisfy.

Image credit: Cooking on the Front Burners

Profusion Curry shares tips on creating a savory and unique Mediterranean Appetizer Platter with hummus, olives and marinated vegetables.

Hold a spoonful of yogurt or fruit in these delicious and practical bite-sized Granola Cups from Art From My Table.

Photo credit: Art From My Table

Beyond the Chicken Coop Puff Pastry Pinwheels are a buttery bite-sized treat, made easy with pre-made puff pastry dough.

Image credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop

Pastries are my breakfast splurge and these Apricot and Almond Kringle from Fusion Craftiness look heavenly!

Serve up my Banana Walnut Bread muffins, sliced in half so that guests can nibble before the main course.

Banana Bread muffins recipe

Savory Spring Brunch Recipes

These savory recipes and filling dishes will pair well with other more lunch-type foods, including salad. Choose to serve a sweet dish or a fruity treat afterwards, to substitute as “dessert”.

If you’re looking for a showstopping dish, this Eggs Benedict Breakfast Casserole from Grits and Pinecones is awesome. Best part is that it’s actually pretty easy to put together!

Image credit: Grits and Pinecones

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Scrambled Eggs from Hint of Healthy is a family-friendly dish that can be whipped up on a weekday.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pinwheels from Drugstore Divas offers small bites of protein that kids will enjoy.

Savory French Toast from the Greedy Gourmet is topped with mushrooms and a creamy mustard sauce.

Image credit: Greedy Gourmet

This rich and custardy No-Fail Quiche Lorraine from West Via Midwest can use either a store-bought or handmade pie crust

Sausage Bread from Grits and Pinecones only has three ingredients and goes together fast.

Pair this creamy Lemon Butter Chicken from Whisk Affair with a light salad and fresh fruit platter for a hearty brunch.

Cutefetti shares how to create a savory Bagel Bar Board with toppings ideas including avocado and peppers.

Image credit: Cutefetti

Sweet Brunch Foods

A little savory, a little sweet, these dessert-type treats are a welcome addition to your brunch buffet! Serve these sweet spring brunch recipes along with sausage, crispy bacon and eggs or as the finishing touch to a savory meal.

Add maple syrup to a gravy boat, then warm in the microwave. Place the boat on a saucer to catch drips!

This easy Baked French Toast Casserole from Play Party Plan combines bread with cream cheese and pecans for the ultimate brunch dish!

Image Credit: Play Party Plan

Pound Cake Petit Fours from Kiss My Tulle are a sweet treat that also goes together quickly.

Take a virtual trip to the islands with this Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe from Hawaii Travel with Kids (then plan your next Hawaiian family vacation using all of the trip planning advice!) 

Photo credit: Hawaii Travel with Kids

Who doesn’t love cake pops and truffles? Make them a whimsical part of your spring brunch by choosing one of these delicious Cookie Truffle Recipes.

Carrot Cake Overnight French Toast by Food Meanderings looks over-the-top delish (and only takes about 10 minutes to assemble the night before!).

Image credit: Food Meanderings

Decadent Baked French Toast Casserole from Recipes from a Pantry lets you enjoy the eggy, bready goodness of traditional French Toast with minimal effort. Have breakfast ready in an hour or assemble overnight for breakfast, brunch, special occasions, and when feeding a crowd.

Photo credit: Recipes from a Pantry

Moist and delicious with four-layers of deliciousness (cake, cream cheese, fruit and crumble topping). They combine in a warm Fruit-Filled Cream Cheese Coffee Cake that’s just at home at breakfast as dessert!

close up of cream cheese coffee cake slice on a plate

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts from Well If She Can Do It include a bourbon glaze recipe that she says is optional (I say, it’s a must!).

Photo credit: Well If She Can Do It

I’m in LOVE with this Poppy Seed Bread with Lemon Glaze. This new family favorite is ideal for brunch (or anytime you need a tart and sweet treat).

Two loaves of poppy seed bread with lemon glaze in front of a floral arrangement

Fruity Brunch Treats

Bring on nature’s sweet springtime treats – fruit! Fruit is always a welcome choice to a buffet brunch, offering a sweet alternative to those avoiding sugar. Choose seasonal fruits in one of these colorful dishes.

The addition of fresh berries or a fruit salad is the perfect addition to these spring brunch recipes. Have extra bowls of blueberries and raspberries, and cut fruit, like peaches and strawberries.

This fruit-studded Challah Bread Pudding from OMG! Yummy is the ideal way to use up leftover bread, blueberries and peaches.

Image credit: OMG! Yummy

Raspberry Lemon Scones from Food Meanderings are stuffed with the tangy fruit.

It’s all berry goodness with these Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast from Live Eat Learn.

Photo credit: Live Eat Learn

From It’s Not Complicated Recipes, the Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake is a treat for even those on a GF diet!

This stunning addition of Strawberry Cake from Whisk Affair to the brunch table is made all the better when you taste the berries in this moist, handmade cake.

Photo credit: Whisk Affair

Make this delicate Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe ahead of time for a delightful treat. The recipe makes two large loaves!

Fusion Craftiness brings us this decadent French Apricot Tart that adds bold color and flavor to the brunch menu.

Image credit: Fusion Craftiness

Hearty Brunch Dishes

Fill up your brunch guests with one of these amazingly hearty dishes. These heavier meal items pair nicely with a light side of freshly cut fruit or a salad.

Wow. That’s all I can muster up about these incredible looking Bacon Blackberry French Toast Sandwiches from Erhardt’s Eat. I mean, look at that. It’s making my mouth water!

Image credit: Erhardt’s Eat

Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Cranberry from Girl Heart Food is a hearty egg and bread casserole with a savory twist.

Where’s my margarita? Add some spice to your brunch menu with these Huevos Rancheros Toasts from Mama Latina Tips.

Image credit: Mama Latina Tips

A Baking Journey offers up this savory Spinach and Feta Quiche recipe with a beautiful pastry crust.

These showstopping Baked French Toast Cups from Family Spice can be filled with whatever your heart desires (personally, my heart desires berries and whipped cream!).

Image credit: Family Spice

Nutella Stuffed French Toast from Spice Cravings will give your brunch guests the sweet touch.

This vegetarian Shakshuka with Chickpeas from The Petite Cook goes together in less than 30 minutes. 

Photo credit: The Petite Cook

Healthier Brunch Foods

When inviting guests, always check on special dietary concerns to ensure they’ll have something available to eat. Brunch and healthy breakfast recipes like these are a healthier option, but still offer flavor and color to the table.

With a minimal amount of cheese but still packed with flavorful ingredients, the Asparagus Frittata from She Loves Biscotti is a bright and healthier brunch dish.

Image credit: She Loves Biscotti

Cinnamon rolls that can be made healthier? I’m on-board to try these Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls from Live Eat Learn.

Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk from Two Healthy Kitchens is power-packed with nutritious ingredients that satisfy.

Image credit: Two Healthy Kitchens

Create a low-carb cocktail like the Low-Carb Mimosa from Our Crafty Mom.

Dishing Out Health offers the beautifully presented Bloody Mary Panzanella Salad, perfect for those with a garden bounty of fresh tomatoes!

Photo credit: Dishing Out Health

The Greedy Gourmet shares Mushrooms on Toast, with tips on cooking the fungi.

Add in healthier High Protein Low Carb Smoothies to the brunch beverage table. That pineapple green smoothie? Delicious!

Veggie Inspired Brunch Bites

I do love a great salad bar, so why not create your own? Enjoy the bounty of the garden of spring brunch recipes, like these beautiful and light salads with fresh greens. Let guests put together their own brunch salad by providing all the toppings.

A salad bar brunch is also a great pot luck type of meal, where each guest can bring a topping to share. This chilled compartment Salad Bar Serving Tray is ideal for parties! Include plenty of fresh herbs for guests to complete their dishes.

These beautiful Spring Crudite Toasts from Urban Bliss Life really speak to the season, with hard-boiled eggs, radishes, cucumbers and peas. 

Image credit: Urban Bliss Life

Madhu’s Everyday Indian Masala Cheese Corn Toast is a veggie-packed appetizer.

Zucchini Pie from Venturists includes an impressive blend of cheeses.

Super-easy and also a healthy brunch option, the 5-Minute Healthy Avocado Toasts from Two Healthy Kitchens includes a bed of sliced avocado with tomatoes, spinach and smoked salmon.

Image credit: Two Healthy Kitchens

Perfect for a light meal, these easy Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls from Profusion Curry are so refreshing for a warm day.

The rich Hollandaise sauce on the Red Pepper Eggs Benedict from Food Meanderings includes jarred artichokes and roasted red peppers along with an English muffin, spinach, poached egg and prosciutto.

Image credit: Food Meanderings

Easy Brunch Ideas

We could ALL use a little easy in our lives! See what dishes you can prepare ahead of time to minimize how much time you’re away from your guests, cooking.

These simple brunch ideas allow you to escape the kitchen by offering up make-ahead dishes or a delicious meal that’s quick to make. Look for recipes with minimal prep work that can stay at room temperature.

Make-Ahead Meals

Apple French Toast Casserole from Joyous Apron can be made ahead and put in the fridge overnight.

Made in a single bowl and without a mixer, this decadent Swedish Almond Cake from Itsy Bitsy Kitchen will have a sweet treat done in a hurry.

Photo credit: Itsy Bitsy Kitchen

Simple Set Up

This Biscuit Bar from Sweet Pea Lifestyle is brunch made simple! You only have to make the biscuit recipe and then serve it alongside basic additions like honey or preserves. I’m thinking sweet tea and coffee is a must during this brunch!

Image credit: Sweet Pea Lifestyle

Yummy and easy, this dramatically dark Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread from Delightful Plate is a winner!

Photo credit: Delightful Plate

Quick to Make

Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole from This Ole Mom is a savory egg dish that’s prepared in a silicone mold and baked fast in your Instant Pot.

Light and flavorful, this Asparagus Pasta from Bacon is Magic is not only tasty it’s also a quick dish on a warm day.

Image credit: Bacon is Magic

Kid-Pleasing Brunch Foods

When children are invited, the spring brunch menu should include plenty of kid-friendly bites. These delicious recipes are crowd-pleasing, and not just reserved for the kiddies!

My kids are always happy when pancakes or waffles are on the brunch menu! My brunch recipe for Fluffy Pancakes includes ideas for mix-ins and toppings including blueberries, banana-walnut and apple-cinnamon.

Little boy holding a stack of pancakes on a plate

Easy Budget Recipes shares the yummy Mom’s Lemon Lush recipe, including tips for involving kids in the preparation process.

Nutella and Dark Chocolate French Toast by Chocolates and Chai is a rich and kid-friendly breakfast treat.

Photo credit: Chocolates and Chai

My mouth is already watering thinking about these awesome Caramel Rolls from Julie Blanner – you know kids would gobble these up!

This Italian Cream Soda recipe from Salt and Baker is an ideal non-alcoholic special beverage for the entire family.

Cake for breakfast? Yes, please! No kid will turn down this delightful cinnamon and pecan-studded Breakfast Bundt Cake from Blackberry Babe.

Image credit: Blackberry Babe

My kids will eat almost anything if it’s on a bun! These Scrambled Egg Sandwiches by Girl Heart Food are ideal to serve when kids are at the brunch table.

Why not have a Disney-themed brunch with the kids in mind? My Disney-loving heart would love to serve these easy-to-assemble Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Rolls from Well If She Can Do It

Image Credit: Well If She Can Do It

Delicious Egg Recipes for Brunch

Eggs are a brunch menu standard. These savory dishes with egg can be some of the best brush recipes, including breakfast casseroles, egg bake, or breakfast burritos. Make brunch season stand out with these beautiful egg dishes that include vegetables, cheese and proteins.

The beautiful crust on this Cheddar Broccoli Quiche from A Baking Journey is a showstopper, that’s perfect for an elegant brunch.

Image credit: A Baking Journey

Quiche Delights from ConservaMom use convenient, store-bought ingredients.

Shakshuka from OMG! Yummy is a savory tomato-based omelette dish made in a single skillet. Prep the veggies ahead of time and in minimal stove time, you’ll have a hearty brunch dish.

Image credit: OMG! Yummy

Ann’s Entitled Life shares this recipe for a savory Sausage Breakfast Pie.

Instant Pot Egg Salad from Recipe This for simple, savory sandwiches.

Talk about a good morning! The Best Breakfast Quiche from Pinch and Swirl is bacon and cheese in a deep dish pie crust, yum!

Image credit: Pinch and Swirl

Brunch Drinks and Cocktails

It wouldn’t be brunch without a pretty drink! When it comes to brunch cocktails and mocktails, consider having a special “brunch drink” offering so you can make just a single drink in a large batch.

Have plenty of water, tea and coffee available as well. Pour juice offerings like cranberry and orange juice into serving carafes, then keep on ice to stay chilled.

Are you serving up spring brunch recipes outdoors? Don’t worry about breaking your crystal. Purchase shatter-resistant drinking glasses like these unbreakable champagne flutes.

Sweetly refreshing, the Raspberry Bellini with Lime from Urban Bliss Life is a “cheers-worthy” drink for all special occasions (the recipe for those beautiful Spring Mini Fruit Tarts is on the site as well).

Image credit: Urban Bliss Life

Gastronom Blog shares a Rhubarb Gimlet Cocktail that’s fast to prepare for a crowd.

Get out the copper mugs! These Mimosa Moscow Mules from A Nerd Cooks sound like the perfect blend of two favorite cocktails.

Image credit: A Nerd Cooks

If you like your cocktail sweet and bubbly, try the Blood Orange Mimosa from Our Crafty Mama.

The refreshing Pineapple and Orange Coconut Rum Cocktail from Joyous Apron deserves tropical themed brunch foods.

Image credit: Joyous Apron

Bubble Pineapple Mimosas from Blackberry Babe are a sweet and tart combo that pairs well with some of the tropical brunch foods.

Meyer Lemon French 75 cocktail from Pinch and Swirl can be adjusted whether you prefer more or less sweet.

Satisfy those who aren’t drinking alcohol with this pretty Blood Orange Mocktail recipe by Art From My Table.

Image credit: Art From My Table

This make ahead easy Vodka Lemon Drop Martini cocktail from Recipes from a Pantry requires only 3 ingredients. This crowd-pleasing and refreshingly tart Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail is one you will make again and again as it is perfect for the summer, Brunches, BBQs, drinks parties and more.

Image credit: Recipes from a Pantry

Setting a Beautiful Brunch Tabletop

Naturally you’ll want to set a brunch table that’s suitable to your guests. When planning, think about your menu, theme and party guests before committing to a table design.

You’ll want a design that will showcase your standout spring brunch recipes. Will you be serving individual plates in the kitchen, setting out a self-serve buffet area or bring food to the table, family-style?

An olive-wood serving board offers rustic charm to your spring brunch table top. A charcuterie board like this is versatile for serving cheese, crackers, nuts and fruit.

Brunch table setting with blue tablecloth, mustard yellow napkins and charcuterie spread

Spring table setting ideas from Julie Blanner include decorating with grandma’s fine china and creating a flower basket filled with yellow tulips.

Image credit: Julie Blanner

When choosing your brunch menu, stick to one food theme. If serving a Latin brunch dish, pair the meal with coordinating appetizers and drinks (like a Pineapple Coconut Aqua Fresca) to continue the theme. Decorate the table in colors that will compliment your meal.

A fun brunch idea is to choose a specific color theme. White flowers are a classic, set inside vintage white milk glass vases. Or all pink, down to the cocktail served (like the refreshing Spanish Rose Sangria from Bacon is Magic that’s delightfully pink!).

Spanish Rose Sangria – Image Credit: Bacon is Magic

More Buffet Table Decor Ideas

Don’t own any heirloom hand-me-down china patterns? Create your own set by piecing together modern dishes, glasses and silverware. These intentionally mis-matched Rose Garden Dessert Plates are a beautiful start.

I adore this Cheese Shaker Vase Craft from Sadie Seasongoods! Create your own milk-glass style vases from thrift store cheese shakers. Ask guests to bring flowers from their own garden, adding a unique and creative touch to your brunch table setting.

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods

Consider creating a proper English tea, including making this Easy Clotted Cream from Hilda’s Kitchen Blog to spread on toast or scones. Decorate the brunch table with a mix of floral design tea cups (easy to find at a thrift store) and serve a variety of hot teas.

Chances are your brunch guests will be full and happy at the end of the meal. Send them home with a treat to remember you by, like these Chewy Authentic Italian Amaretti Cookies from Dana Vento. Bag them up with a sweet note to give when you say good-bye.

Adorable Earl Grey and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from Manu’s Menu are shaped into tea bags to complete the British theme!

Image credit: Manu’s Menu

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Denise Browning

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Hi Julie! Thank you for including my mango coconut muffins among these brunch ideas for Mother's Day. Everything looks amazing.

Julie Bigboy

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Doesn't it all look so delicious?! I can't wait to plan my next brunch with these yummy foods!

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