Winter Brunch Menu & Plaid Tablescape

An easy winter brunch menu and plaid table setting will have you hosting at home in style. Gather friends for a weekend brunch party and follow these tips and recipes for easy entertaining.

winter brunch plaid tablescape and menu ideas

Winter brunch party

When it’s cold outside, it’s time to get warm and cozy inside. Host a winter brunch at home and serve simple food with easy recipes.

The weekend is a great time to relax with friends so put another log on the fire, turn on some smooth jazz, and sip on winter cocktails!

I’m sharing table styling tips, a delicious menu, and a cream cheese scrambled eggs recipe. All you have to do is text some friends to come over.

plaid tablescape place setting overhead view
winter brunch menu card

Easy menu

This menu is made up of classic comfort food like breakfast meats, scrambled eggs or quiche, and bread pudding or sweet muffins.

You can serve it on the table family-style, or set up a breakfast bar and let guests help themselves.

cheese charcuterie platter on red tablecloth, overhead view.

A brunch cheese board is going to make this breakfast party a real celebration. Cheese and accompaniments are always a welcome choice for any meal.

table overhead view of coffee and eggnog punch

Set out small bowls around the table, filled with these sweet & spicy pecans. They’re a nice addition to the cheese board and add a festive touch. Guests can nosh on them as they like.

scrambled eggs sprinkled with chives, in white bowl.

My cream cheese scrambled eggs recipe below is easy to make. The scrambled eggs come out moist and delicious every time. Alternatively you could make an easy chicken quiche.

Serve an array of breakfast meats. You can cook the bacon in the oven while cooking the sausage on the stove. Use some of the rendered grease to cook the eggs in and provide extra flavor.

If you need a vegetarian option, goat cheese & roasted red pepper quiche is a crowd pleaser, or these individual sized mini onion quiche.

muffins with streusel topping, on tile table.

You can also add these delicious spice muffins with oatmeal topping to the table and serve with clotted cream, honey, or butter.

To make this brunch for the holidays, use my eggnog bread pudding recipe. It’s SO GOOD.

black Keurig coffee machine with bottles of flavorings.

What to drink

Serve a creamy cocktail recipe or set up a coffee bar for guests to help themselves.

If you want a holiday version try my coffee eggnog punch or pumpkin spice Kahlua coffee.

winter brunch place setting and flowers centerpiece

Cozy plaid table setting 

Plaid patterns and buffalo checks are popular for the holidays, but also ideal for winter tablescapes. It instantly makes you feel warm and cozy.

Use them for holiday tables, New Years day brunch, Valentine’s or Galentine’s day gatherings, and other seasonal get-togethers.

If you’re mad for plaid check out these other stylish parties with plaid details: winter dinner party, set up a stylish pie bar, have a fall picnic.

winter brunch plaid tablescape, red and black with greenery

Set the scene with a plaid table topper. This one is actually a lightweight throw. Remember, items can always be used in ways that they weren’t intended.

Another re-purposed item is the napkins. They’re actually cotton bandannas from Hobby Lobby! They look amazing, they do the job, and they’re about half the price of regular napkins.

winter brunch plaid tablescape place card tied on to greenery

Use plaid gift tags as place cards. Find them at home stores or craft stores and instead of using the “to-from” side, used the front to write names on. They match the table and napkins beautifully.

Add a pop of greenery to your place settings with evergreen clippings. Then you can tie the place card onto them with bakers twine.

winter flowers centerpiece, red and white

Add a winter floral centerpiece with evergreens and pinecones. The container was a little low for the table and not attractive. To give it more presence I put it in a white pie dish and placed it on a cake pedestal. It’s still low enough not to impede conversation.

conversation starters on plaid tablecloth

My go-to insurance policy for any tabletop gathering are these 36 conversation starters. They’re a free download and once you have them you can use them in a multitude of ways.

Here I printed them onto 3 coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper. After cutting them into strips I place them in a bowl and guests can pick one out to ask the guests at the table. They’re a lot of fun especially if everyone doesn’t already know each other well.

Party tips

Brunch is a casual way to entertain and it’s best to start between 10am and noon.

Since this party is early in the day, do as much as you can ahead of time. Drinks can be made during the party.

  1. Prepare the cheese board the night before and cover tightly with saran wrap. Refrigerate overnight and let cheese sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  2. Bake muffins the night before and store in an air tight container.
  3. In the morning, cook bacon and sausage first and use the drippings for the eggs. Cover the cooked meats with aluminum foil until ready to eat. It can be served at room temperature or you can keep it warm in the oven set at the lowest temperature.
  4. Prepare the eggs for cooking and set aside until guests arrive. When you’re almost ready to eat, begin cooking the eggs and serve immediately when they’re done.

Now that you’re all set up and ready to host a winter brunch party, these cream cheese scrambled eggs are terrific for guests or any weekend with family. It’s easy to cut the recipe in half for a family of 4-5.

scrambled eggs brunch recipe with chives on top.

Brunch Recipe - Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Yield: 8 servings

Easy scrambled eggs are creamy and delicious. Just mix the ingredients in a blender and cook just before ready to serve.


  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup rendered bacon or sausage fat, OR butter
  • chopped fresh chives


    1. Use a blender to combine eggs, half & half, cream cheese, salt & pepper. Blend until frothy.
    2. Heat fat or butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
    3. Add egg mixture and turn heat down to medium-low; let cook until bottom begins to set.
    4. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to draw egg mixture across the bottom of pan every couple of minutes.
    5. Do not stir continuously in order to allow eggs to thicken and cook through.
    6. Transfer scrambled eggs to serving dish and top with chopped chives and serve.

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    1. Hi Julie, that’s something that needs to be done either with a Cricut machine, or by a print shop (FedEx, Office Depot, Staples). It’s relatively inexpensive.

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