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spring brunch ideas
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Get recipes and decorating ideas for a springtime brunch that's as delicious to eat as it is to behold.

Brunch isn't just a meal. It's a party! There's always an excuse to celebrate: Mother's Day, May Day, graduation, Easter, book club — the list goes on. It's as much about the entertaining, decorating, and socializing as it is the cooking. So don't get stuck in the kitchen; instead ask guests to bring one of these make-ahead, totable recipes. Then have fun dressing your table with pink pieces and pretty blooms.

Favorite Springtime Brunch Recipes

This set-it-and-forget-it ham stays warm in the slow cooker until the rest of the meal is ready.

brunch ham
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Instead of making pancakes in batches at the stove, they this one-and-done version. Tip: Flip it before serving. The best browing is on the bottom!

sheet pancakes
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You can prep this casserole the night before to bake the next day.

Egg and Hashbrown Casserole
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Toss together the salad the night before and add the dressing just before serving.

It's easy to prep this pitcher of carrot juice, pineapple juice, and lime juice ahead of time. Add ginger beer and the optional vodka just before serving.

Check out our collection of Brunch Recipes.

Set the Table for a Springtime Brunch

Flower Fix

Add texture to your tabletop with a mix of pink, peach, and white flowers. The bouquet here (seen next to the Carrot Ginger Mules) features roses, tulips, and hoary stock. We broke up the blooms with seeded eucalyptus, but other greens would also do the trick.

carrot ginger mule
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Blush Element Plates

With matte bottoms, glossy tops, and a goes-with-everything hue, these stoneware plates are your table's daytime version of the little black dress. $28 for four salad plates, $32 for four dinner plates at worldmarket.com

blush element plates

Opalhouse Proteas Floral Table Throw

This tassled 50x50-inch cotton throw offers a fun, modern take on the floral tablecloth. $18 at target.com

opalhouse floral table throw

Anne Black Bloom Vase

Designed by Copenhagen-based ceramicist Anne Black, this cylindrical porcelain coral vase (seen above with the flowers) is handmade by Vietnamese craftswomen. $88 for extra-large at shop.goop.com

Etched Copper Stainless-Steel Tumbler

If this cute tumbler, a hybrid of a Moscow mule mug and a stemless wineglass, seems too cold to hold, get yourself a cocktail napkin. $27 for four at amazon.com

copper mug

Anchor Hocking Laurel Rosewater Baking Dish

Take an egg bake from ordinary to extra-special with this dainty yet practical 3-qt. Glass baker. It's safe for oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. $12 at target.com

rose baking dish

Lenox Trianna Blush Oval Serving Platter

Don't let the delicate hue and golden trim fool you. This 141/2-inch platter is microwavable, dishwasher-safe, and chip-resistant. $115 at lenox.com

rose oval platter

Perasima bowls

A reactive glaze creates stunning striated pink patterns inside these golden-edge stoneware pieces. $18 for 6-inch bowl, $58 for 101/4-inch bowl at anthropologie.com

persima bowls

Jax Pink Highballs

Guests will go gaga for these gorgeous glasses, whether you use them for drinks or as small vases. $30 for four at godinger.com

rose high ball glasses

This article originally appeared in Allrecipes Magazine.