Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

4 Essentials to Create the Perfect Summer Brunch Menu

For some reason or another, I really enjoy planning out and putting together menus. I think it started around the time of planning my wedding. One of my favorite things to plan for each event was the structure of the meals. Maybe it’s because it’s sort of like figuring out a puzzle… or maybe it’s just because I really like food, either way I loved creating this summer brunch menu!

There’s just something about finding the right balance of flavors and food varieties for a meal, especially when you are entertaining friends and family. I’m a huge fan of brunch (I mean who isn’t?) and I’ve found just the right formula that will guarantee a perfect summer brunch. Fresh flowers and dining al fresco are a bonus!

What’s on the menu?

Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry and Thyme Infused Maple Syrup

Arugula and Balsamic Breakfast Pizza

Watermelon Slices on Sticks

Owl’s Brew Radler (the first ever blend of tea & beer)

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch menu with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

The 4 Essentials to Create the Perfect Summer Brunch Menu

  1. Something Sweet: Balance is key, and having a sweet item on the menu is sort of like your brunch dessert within the meal. French toast, waffles, donuts and pastries are all good choices. Choose seasonal ingredients to dress these simple recipes up a bit. An infused maple syrup or a blueberry and brie cheese french toast bake, or even a donut topping station.
  2. Something Savory: I like to make one large savory item like a frittata, quiche or in this case a breakfast pizza. I find it easier than cooking smaller portions of items like omelets or sandwiches, plus it makes for a nice presentation.
  3. Something Fresh: Keep this one simple- like berry kabobs, fruit cutouts, fresh yogurt or a salad. These are all good choices and something like slices of watermelon is simple to put together and always a crowd pleaser.
  4. A Signature Drink: Serving a signature drink really brings everything together and Owl’s Brew Radlers are the perfect refreshing summer choice (plus how cute and charming is the packaging?). These look so great right on the table and I love having the option of a drink that is ready to serve. Time savers like these that look and taste good with no artificial flavors are hard to come by, so put these on your shopping list!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Of course, dining al fresco on a gorgeous day with fresh flowers certainly doesn’t hurt your summer brunch atmosphere. It’s no secret that I love having meals outside, even just sitting on the patio and sipping one of these radlers would make for a great time. And since today (June 22nd) is national radler day after all, it’s the perfect time to do just that!

My favorite flavor of the Owl’s Brew is “That’s My Jam”, with hibiscus flower and strawberry it’s seriously hard for me to resist. You really cannot go wrong with any of the flavors and they totally inspired the dishes for this summer brunch menu. If you’ve never heard of a radler and are wondering why there’s a bicycle involved, you can learn more here. Hope you enjoyed my 4 essentials to creating the perfect summer brunch menu, you can get the strawberry and thyme infused maple syrup recipe below!

Find out how to plan the perfect summer brunch menu with these 4 essentials that guarantee a great menu every time!

Thank you to Owl’s Brew Radler for sponsoring this post!

Strawberry and Thyme Infused Maple Syrup

Strawberry and Thyme Infused Maple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 5 large to medium size strawberries
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme or 3 fresh sprigs
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain then serve warm or at room temperature.
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25 comments on “4 Essentials to Create the Perfect Summer Brunch Menu

  1. June 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    um, can i come join the party! looks amazing!

  2. June 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    This is such a cute party – and the packaging on those cans is adorable! Looks like so much fun!

    Lauen | Disco Daydream

  3. June 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This looks amazing. That brew sounds fabulous! But I am the biggest fan of the pizza

  4. June 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Mmm I’m gonna have to try that drink for sure!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

  5. June 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my goodness I just love this backyard set-up you have going on! I’ll be right over 🙂

    xo, Sara

  6. June 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

    This looks like such a cute party set-up!

  7. June 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

    These all look and sound so good! What a pretty little party!

  8. June 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

    This looks like the perfect way to spend a weekend morning!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  9. June 23, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This sounds like the perfect brunch to me. I love the unique menu items, and now I’m really dying to try that tea+beer combo drink!

  10. June 23, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Such a perfect brunch spot! This is just too pretty!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  11. June 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

    This is such a pretty tablescape! Love me some brunch!

  12. June 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    This menu sounds absolutely delish!

  13. June 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, can I come to your brunch? Those pancakes look delicious and those drinks sound SO yummy- what a cool mix!

  14. June 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    if i ever host brunch!! i will need this!!

  15. June 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love eating outside too! Your patio is absolutely gorgeous! Those drinks sound so good too!!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

  16. June 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I need an invite to your next brunch! Everything looks amazing!

  17. June 25, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Such a cute party and tablescape! I want to try that pizza!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  18. June 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Love these menu tips! And this set up is just the cutest!

    -Tristan

  19. June 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Your brunch menu looks soooo good! I want to try that tea + beer too!

  20. June 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    You had me at brunch. Probably my favorite meal

  21. June 26, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Looks like such a yummy spread! I’m a huge fan of brunch.
    xo, Laura

  22. June 26, 2017 at 1:53 am

    those are some great tips! Brunching is always a good idea!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  23. June 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Yum your set up is so perfect! I’m coming over for brunch!

  24. June 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Such great tips and everything looks so pretty and delish!

  25. June 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Wow babe this is such a wonderful spread! Those pancakes look amazing!

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