It's National Donut Day (donut or doughnut?!) and we're celebrating that sweet, sweet breakfast goodie with a brunch wedding roundup.
Brunch weddings have a LOT of perks: cheaper rates at venues, lots of daytime fun for lawn games and getting everyone home early, breakfast foods (the best meal of the day!), and of course… MORNING COCKTAILS! Brunch is bomb, you guys.
Here are some delicious brunch wedding ideas including topping bars, waffle cakes, and coffee cocktails. Let's talk making brunch bananas.
Find a rad morning signature cocktail
Brunch provides a totally legit way to have some booze prior to 5pm. Just add some orange juice, tomato juice, peach nectar, coffee… apparently adding morning liquids makes it all goooood. We're thinking Bellinis (peach nectar and sparkling wine), Mimosas (OJ and sparkling wine), Bloody Marys, and all kinds of coffee cocktails.
We've got a delish Irish coffee signature cocktail recipe to share:
Dublin coffee recipe
8 oz freshly brewed Green Mountain Coffee
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 ounce stout
¾ ounce simple syrup
Cinnamon for garnish
Mix coffee, stout, whiskey, and simple syrup in a large mug. Dollop with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon to serve.
Offer up a yummy coffee bar
Providing fresh, individual cups o' joe is the BEST way to maintain order at a morning wedding. You never know how late guests may have been up the night before. And since we just talked about that Dublin coffee above, it's right up our alley.
Single-serve K-Cup® Pods (such as from our sponsor, Keurig®) allow you to provide super fast cups of freshly brewed coffee, tea, or hot cocoa on demand. The Keurig® K575 (pictured here) also comes with an extra-large color touch screen making it easy for guests to brew the perfect cup. Keurig brewers fit any size beverage bar and color palette.
A donut cake!
If a waffle cake is a little ambitious, there's nothing like a big ol' stack of donuts to make breakfast pastries super easy with a really pretty display. Stack them high or have various flavors on smaller displays. Either way, they'll be devoured in no time.
Plus, if you're looking for the perfect coffee pairing for donuts, The Original Donut Shop® K-Cup® pods are THE BOMB. Nutty Caramel, Maple Cream, and Sweet & Creamy… this coffee pairing is your donut go-to.
The Original Donut Shop® Coffee brightens your day like a big scoop of sprinkles. And who doesn’t like sprinkles? If you go through life as if it’s a sweet surprise filled with jelly and covered in frosting, The Original Donut Shop® Coffee is for you! Keurig.com is offering $2 off The Original Donut Shop® coffee varieties from Tuesday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 7 to celebrate National Donut Day. The promotion code is “DONUTDAY” to be entered at checkout.
Go Southern-style with a biscuit bar
A Southern-style biscuit bar with cold cuts, honey, jam, cream, and other yummy toppings may be just what the doctored ordered for hungry guests. It's the perfect canvas to cross over from breakfast to lunch items.
Please the kid in everyone with a cereal bar
Large apothecary jars or big Mason jars make pretty much anything look classy, including fun and colorful cereal. Pair a few cereals with a chilled jug of milk (and maybe a non-dairy milk for allergy reasons, too), some packets of sweetener, some fruit toppings if you're feeling ambitious, and of course the spoons and bowls, and you're ready for Saturday morning cartoons AND your super fun brunch wedding!
Instead of a mashed potato bar, have a GRITS BAR
Mashed taters are always a welcome sight at a wedding and are popular with good reason, but a grits bar gives it a cool morning twist. You can provide savory toppings, sweet toppings, or both. This site has a great overview for planning a savory grits feast including toppings like bacon, caramelized onions, various cheeses, peppers, tomatoes, butter, and more.
Try a Belgian waffle cake
Waffles are good. Cake is gooder. A Belgian waffle cake is definitely GOODEST. Yep, good enough to make up a word. Ask your caterer or baker if they can work up a tall and pretty waffle stack cake like the one above. You could even DIY it if you give it a practice run.
BONUS: Sunday morning-style newspaper wedding programs
Nothing says morning like the Sunday paper and nothing says adorable like your faces on the cover! You can find some seriously adorable custom-made newspaper programs made for your own brunch wedding. You can make your own or customize one via Etsy.
Even more brunch wedding ideas!
Are you grabbing your own coffee cocktail for a morning wedding with serious style? What ideas did we miss?