Guys, I cannot tell you just how excited I am to debut my new brunch category on the blog! 🙂 If there’s anything I love more in life, it’s breakfast food and decorating. Combine the two together and we’ve got a winning combination! For my first post on putting together a brunch, I’m collaborating with a couple other lovely blogger babes in the area. I’m linking their blog posts below so you can check them out as well! Today on my blog, we’re discussing the big picture as a whole. If you love boho style decorating and want to host a holiday brunch on a budget, then consider this your ultimate guide! I’m going to share with you how to put together a boho holiday brunch on a budget. Because yes, this girls totally on a budget and a very strict one at that! I’ve got you covered girl. 😉
Other Holiday Content:
How to Put Together
a Boho Holiday Brunch on a Budget
What I’m Wearing:
So guys, before we dive into how to put together a boho holiday brunch, we NEED to talk about the dress I’m wearing. It’s this beautiful blue, velvet, embroidered dress from Shein. I think it’s such a lovely boho dress for brunch, parties, whatever you have planned for the holidays! I’m wearing it with a pretty black pair of stockings and ankle booties. As per usual, right? lol You can check out this adorable boho dress here!
The Brunch Menu:
- bundt cakes
- pizzelle cookies
- donut hole tower
- gingerbread belgian waffles
- spiked peppermint hot chocolate
My Money Saving Tips on the Menu:
1. Buy the staple ingredients from Dollar Tree
So guys, I know you’re totally judging.. Who grocery shops at dollar stores anyway, right? lol I feel you but trust me on this one! If you’re making Belgian waffles from scratch, buy the flour at the dollar store. It’s cheaper and it’s honestly all the same. No point in spending an extra dollar or so on name brand flour. Staples like flour, sugar, baking soda, etc. aren’t worth splurging on so save your money and buy staple ingredients from Dollar Tree!
2. Take the time to make simple recipes from scratch
I know, I know you probably don’t want to hear it lol.. (unless you’re into baking!) It’s almost always worth it to make things homemade, rather than picking them up at the bakery or buying food ready made from a Walmart or Target. You tend to get smaller portions for a higher price, whereas homemade recipes tend to go much farther, making it easier to feed a small group of people!
3. Skip fruit and breakfast meats
We all love our bacon and fruit but these are the more pricier breakfast foods of brunch. I say skip it and fill your tummies with some hearty Belgian waffles. Then, give your guests a variety of baked goods to finish the job. It’s more affordable and you’ll be able to buy and make more food!
4. Pick food that looks fancy and tricky to make
The key here to fake a fancy spread? Find the baked goods you can make easily and arrange them on multiple, pretty cake stands. I chose to make bundt cakes and pizzelles. All you need to make bundt cakes is a mold and you can top them off with sprinkled powdered sugar and drizzled icing. Pizzelles are an Italian cookie that don’t need iced and can be made with a Pizzelle iron. You can find these inexpensively at places like Target. It’s totally worth the purchase if you like to host parties and brunches!
5. Splurge on a spiked drink, because don’t we all want that most? Priorities.
Lets be real, what people want most anyway is a good spiked drink! Try making spiked egg nog, mimosas or hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, which is what we just so happened to have! Making drinks like this tend to be inexpensive but look a little fancier when presented nicely. Try setting up a little table and making a cute little spread, showing your guests what drink you’ll be offering. Add cute cocktails napkins that can be found at Target, write what drink you’re serving on a chalkboard and give people a cute stirrer which can also be found at Target! Done, easy! 🙂
How to Decorate:
- Dollar Tree gold chargers
- cloth napkins tied with twine, pine tree pieces and cinnamon sticks
- gold plastic cutlery found at Target
- greenery instead of a table runner
- various tall candles on thrifted candle stick holders
My Money Saving Tips on the Decorating:
1. Stick to a minimal decorating concept
Sometimes if your budget is limited, it’s best to stick to a minimal decorating concept. Not to mention, minimalist decor is pretty trendy right now! Pick a couple of decor options, such as a beautiful diy centerpiece and pretty colored chargers to be the main star of the show. Everything else can simply be an accessory to them! This helps ensure the decor isn’t too busy and looks balanced out. It also gives you the ability to decorate minimally!
2. Utilize your local dollar store
Like I said above with food, your dollar store is good for so many things! I find that when you need basic items or craft supplies, the dollar store is best for these things. You can find basic, gold chargers there, which were used in this holiday brunch! Other things like plain wreaths that can be decorated, mason jars, tall candles, etc. can all be found here! The tall candles on our tables cape were also purchased here.
3. Put your food to use in more than one way
Ever thought food could be more than something you just eat? If not, you’re about to be mind blown! Guys, if you’re not using food for decor, what are you even doing? lol Instead of putting your food on a different table from the one you’re eating on, try this; arrange it artfully around the center of your table! Put some cookies and cakes on various sized cake stands. Make a cute donut hole tower like we did! Find ways to use your food as a way to decorate the table. Now that’s what I call being thrifty.
4. Buy your greenery wholesale and spend less
An awesome tip from Victoria of Coffee and a Blonde, is to buy your florals wholesale! It makes sense, doesn’t it? So that’s just what we did for our centerpiece. The greenery we used included silver dollar eucalyptus and. Greenery adds such a beautiful, festive detail to the tables cape!
5. Nope, the backyard is not just for kids to enjoy, here’s why
Lol how much are you laughing at this? I’m serious though, the backyard is actually a source for a lot of tools you can use in decorating! During the winter months I love to clip off small pieces of pine tree for decorating. You can also collect pine cones as well. They are literally selling this stuff at the craft store for $5! No need for this, take a nice walk and collect some of your own for free! To add a cool touch to your pinecones, try spray painting them with white or copper metal paint!