Tips for Christmas Brunch and Throwing an Inexpensive Bash

Great tips for what to serve for Christmas brunch, and how to throw a holiday bash without spending a lot of money.

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What to Serve for Christmas Brunch and How to Throw a Bash without Spending a Lot of Cash

-Francine Segan,

casseroleDear Francine: I’d love a recipe for Christmas day brunch. Any suggestions?

Francine: I can barely find my face when I first wake up, so I only serve oven baked egg casseroles for brunch, since they’re made the night before.

You don’t really need a recipe if you follow these basic proportions: 1 cup scrambled egg + 1/4 cup milk for every cup of “bread stuff.” The bread stuff can be day old diced white bread, challah, raisin bread, corn muffins, even tortilla chips work!

Pour the egg-milk-bread mixture into a baking pan and then add in whatever you want. Some of my favorite combos are:

• crisp bacon and diced tomatoes
• shredded cheddar cheese and diced apples
• blobs of strawberry jam and dollops of cream cheese

holiday partyDear Francine: What are some tips on how to have a Christmas or New Year’s party this year without busting the budget?

Francine: Host a pot luck party! Everyone is aware of the recession and will be more than happy to pitch in rather than not party this season.

Don’t be afraid to assign EVERYTHING, after all, you’re providing the space and organization, right?

Be specific, so you don’t end up with 16 bottles of wine and no food or napkins.

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