Last weekend, we had a few of our friends over for a little Valentine's Day inspired brunch. Before kids, we used to always go out with friends or have them over late, but now that we are all home putting our babies to bed at night, we try to find other alternatives to still get together to eat, drink & be merry! ;) With Harper's birthday over Valentine's Day weekend, we decided to do it a week early, which was less hectic & still so much fun.
We put together a waffle bar, the girls' favorite breakfast food, with lots of different toppings, strawberries + Nutella is our favorite combo! A few small tricks for serving up an easy brunch like this in no time at all: prep the night before, like cutting fruit or setting up the table. I serve things like Nutella, whipped cream or peanut butter in simple mason jars & small bowls, yes it makes for more dishes but it looks so pretty & put together. We typically use our Bella waffle maker, which we got as a wedding gift over seven years ago (and it is still going strong!) but since we needed to make + serve a bunch all at once, I used gourmet belgian waffles from Publix, you can throw them all on a baking sheet & warm them all at once. They are SO good!! We always serve hot coffee, iced coffee & a pretty drink, this time some yummy grapefruit mimosas in pink glasses from Harper's birthday party last year! :)
1 750mL Bottle Prosecco, chilled
Juice from 4 fresh grapefruits, chilled
Optional splash of orange juice
Squeeze grapefruits & combine with splash of orange juice, shake with ice if needed to chill.
Add Prosecco, serve & enjoy! Recipe makes 6 mimosas.
Brunch got all that much sweeter when Eloise gave Claire one of her waffles. All along we are thinking Claire just hates food, we have given her tons of different purees, cereal, oatmeal, etc. and she isn't really loving anything other than peaches. She loves her fresh food feeder (apples, peaches, frozen yogurt pops) so we decided to just start giving her foods we eat, and she is going nuts! She is also loving bananas & mashed potatoes, like can't get enough! I am so happy to find things she likes, and really she is only 7.5 months so we aren't really in a rush, but she also has no teeth & hasn't really gotten the hang of feeding herself (like bananas, so slippery!). So if you have any recommendations of things (sorta baby led weaning style) your babies at this age loved to feed themselves, I would love to hear your thoughts! :)
Hope you all are having a happy Valentine's week & have something fun + festive planned for the weekend! XO