Strawberry Summer Brunch Ideas & Recipes

June 8, 2021

Confession: I’m a strawberry elitist. Although to be fair, it’s not just strawberries. I can be fairly picky about where all my fresh produce comes from. Sure, eating local is super important for reasons like health, the environment, and supporting the local economy. But for me, when it comes to strawberries, it’s all about the taste. So why not celebrate the season with a themed summer brunch. Here are some ideas for decorating and, of course, some menus.

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Local strawberries just taste better than those shipped: they are softer, and sweeter, and juicier. In fact, I’ve gotten to the point where I won’t even buy strawberries out of season at all. The only berries I buy that aren’t Upstate New York local are the ones from Florida throughout the winter.

How to Find Local Strawberries

First, figure out when it’s strawberry season. On the east coast, the season begins in Florida in February, and works its way up the coast until we start to get our berries here in June. Then check local grocery stores and farm markets.

One of my favorite ways to be sure I am getting the best and freshest berries is to pick them myself. If you have local farms, many offer pick-your-own during strawberry season. Check out this guide to find a you-pick farm in your area.

Decorating a Strawberry Brunch

Theming a brunch around a seasonal fruit makes it super easy when it comes to both planning the menu and decorating. You can easily find plenty of cute and handmade strawberry tablescaping items to use when hosting. Here are a few to get you started:

More Brunch Themes

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Celebrate strawberry season in style by hosting your own strawberry festival-themed brunch. Discover recipes, decor, tips and more!

Summer Brunch Menu Ideas

When you are putting together a brunch menu, you can stick to my three-course formula to help build a balanced meal. Of course, to stay on theme, you will want to make sure you are incorporating strawberries into every dish. Here are a few basic categories to mix-and-match.

Bread Basket

Honey Cardamom Strawberry Muffins

From Being Nutritious

Roasted Strawberry Coffee Cake

From Slumber & Scones

Coconut Strawberry Scones

From A Baking Journey

Starters

Strawberry Soup

From Savoring the Good

Strawberry Caprese Skewers

From The Suburban Soap Box

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

From Cincy Shopper

Salads

Strawberry Caprese Salad

From Slumber & Scones

Cucumber Strawberry Salad

From Marathons and Motivation

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad

From Budget Delicious

Strawberry Chicken Salad Croissants

From Stef’s Eats and Sweets

Sweet Main Courses

Strawberry Bread Pudding

From The Gingered Whisk

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

From Slumber & Scones

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

From Chocolates and Chai

Desserts

Strawberry Tiramisu

From Cheerful Cook

Strawberry Custard Tart

From End of the Fork

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

From The Cookie Dough Diaries

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

From A Magical Mess

Cocktails

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

From Savoring the Good

Strawberry Gin Smash

From Chisel and Fork

Strawberry Bellini with Prosecco

From The Littlest Crumb

PB&J Cocktail

From State of Dinner

Zero-Proof

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

From Salt and Baker

Strawberry Shrub Julep

From Slumber & Scones

Strawberry Agua Fresca

From Simply Stacie

Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade

From Ottawa Mommy Club

My mouth is already watering. How about you? I’m so excited to start picking fresh berries and host my own strawberry festival brunch. What to make first?

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4 thoughts on “Strawberry Summer Brunch Ideas & Recipes

  1. I love strawberry season! We just got some from the grocery store last night. I’m also planning a visit to the farmer’s market this weekend. I also may have just saved about 10 of these recipes haha, they all sound so good!

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