SOURCE: King's Hawaiian Bakery

December 13, 2010 05:00 ET

Best Brunch Tips for Holiday Hosting

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) -  (Family Features) There's nothing like the holiday season to warm the soul. Good cheer, cozy fires and scrumptious foods bring family and friends together. Start your guests' visit off right with a morning meal that embodies the spirits of the season. Help guests feel more at home with homemade dishes full of fun and festive touches.

With these helpful hints from King's Hawaiian Bakery, cooking for a crowd and creating a breakfast or brunch setting full of homey holiday flair can be an enjoyable, no-stress experience:

  • Delightful Detailing: Customized touches make a guest feel special. Create name cards with a personal message inscribed on each one. This will help your guest feel connected to you, as well as take the guess work out of seating arrangements.
  • Sharing Is Caring: Simplify serving your brunch by preparing a variety of dishes that can easily be passed around the table family style, such as French toast, fresh fruit salad, breakfast potatoes and egg scrambles.
  • Seasonal Sipping: Perk up your guests on chilly fall mornings with delightful drinks. Opt for freshly brewed coffee or hot cocoa with a splash of festive flavored syrup or creamer in taste sensations such as cinnamon, peppermint or pumpkin, or start with a holiday-inspired flavored coffee, such as hazelnut.
  • Infused Favorites: Spice up your traditional breakfast and brunch offerings with a holiday twist, like Eggnog French Toast or a festive frittata using fall vegetables. A number of creative breakfast and brunch recipes are available at
  • Classic Chromatics: Selecting one color for your brunch decor is an easy way to create high style and impact with very little extra effort. When you have selected your color, use it for table linen, plates, napkins, glasses and serving ware.
  • DIY Décor Dos: For more decorative dazzle, add earthy pops of color and texture to your mono-chromatic backdrop. Natural ways to warm up your brunch furnishings include simple arrangements of any in-season foliage, such as fall maple leaves, pine sprigs, seasonal squashes or holly.

Here is an easy and irresistible festive French toast recipe designed to add a simple dash of aloha spirit into your brunch and breakfast menus this holiday season:

Eggnog French Toast 
Makes 4 servings  
1 16-ounce loaf King's Hawaiian Bread
3 eggs
1 cup eggnog
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (if not included in the eggnog)

Slice bread crosswise so that each slice is approximately 1-inch thick.

Cut slices in half.

Combine remaining ingredients.

Quickly dip slices (do not soak) in egg mixture and cook on hot buttered or oiled griddle until golden brown on both sides.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with warm butter and syrup.