Let me be clear that this party idea is no haphazard pun. “Brinner“? Ha! The “breakfast for dinner” and “dinner party” hybrid gets conceptual and caters to the associations we harbor with each distinct element. “Breakfast for dinner” is lazy, comforting and indulgent; while “dinner party” is sophisticated, elaborate and glamorous. The fun and whimsy herein is creating a party and an atmosphere that brings out the best of both worlds, simultaneously shouting all six adjectives to your guests.
Cocoa Puffs and Froot Loops: only for six-year-olds? Skewers: only for steak and grilled veggies at a BBQ hosted by a fashionable patriarch? Not anymore! See photo above. Stuff just got crazy. Keep these playful opposites in mind with a creative menu that inspires nostalgia of childhood pancake nights and anticipation of the swanky cocktail parties that await you in your future as a top exec or other affluent individual.
What: A just-because kind of celebration of food and friends centered around concepts everybody loves: cozy breakfast for dinner and exciting dinner parties.
For: The whole gang, provided that your “whole gang” is no larger than 20-25 people. Cooking for any more than that can be a bit much.
When: The joy of breakfast for dinner party is by no means seasonal. Go for typical late night party hours on a weekend that otherwise might be uneventful.
What to eat: Creatively incorporate traditional breakfast foods into appetizer-style creations to make the occasion distinct from an actual breakfast or brunch. Put some chunky homefries on toothpicks with some cheese or skewer up some rice krispy treats. Get good use out of your mini-muffin tin with mini-quiches or frittata, mini-muffins and mini oatmeal cookie cups. And I’m sure you can believe that these chicken and waffle appetizers from Apples and Onions and candied bacon from The Kitchn are major crowd pleasers.
What to drink: Mimosas (champagne mixed with orange juice) are the clear winner here. Andre is a well-known super cheapo but still tolerable champagne. Really any punch with juice in it hearkens to the morning. Make colorful fruit juice ice cubes or ice cubes with actual fruit in them to add visual interest and temperature control to that big old punch bowl.
How to set the scene: The rustic “farmhouse brunch” aesthetic is pretty popular in upscale dining right now. Since your party qualifies as upscale dining, think along the lines of a wooden table with a simple white tablecloth (sheet) and some fresh flowers or a fruit bowl as decoration. Label each food item in playful fonts on scraps of brown paper bags. Bowls of Fruity Pebbles or other neon cereals are a theme-appropriate cheeky touch.
Attire: Any iteration of “cozy classy” you can think of. You could combine cocktail-wear with homemade elastic cord Cheerio bracelets or go full-on pajama party and provide guests with body glitter or another fun cosmetic add-on. Again, we’re thinking best of both worlds for the best party in the world.
Jen Cantin graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. with a degree in English and Journalism. She shares other (a)musings including a recipe chronicle for this very party at Deep Fried Epiphany and dedicates this post to her ceramic bust of Abe Lincoln who has provided her with more companionship than any other inanimate object to date.