Picture Perfect Holiday Brunch: Entertaining Made Easy with a Few Simple Tips {Giveaway}

The holidays are all about spending quality time with those we love. This year, surprise family and friends by switching things up and hosting a fabulous holiday brunch instead of the traditional turkey dinner. Brunch is one of favourite times of day to host, especially when our kids were little. The boys were rested and happy, loved breakfast food, and when it was over we had the whole rest of the day to clean up. New Year Day is a perfect time to finally catch up with friends over a nice brunch and exchange stories about the holidays. 


For the perfect entertaining space that will leave guests in awe, follow my few simple tips below to elevate your brunch from the expected to the unexpected:


Establish a colour scheme

The secret to fabulous décor is to keep the colour palatte simple and focus on two complementary colours. On trend for this holiday season is pairing opposite colours together. Once the basic palette is set, add in a third accent colour, such as silver or gold. This will help complete the look and bring it to life.


Try opting for slight variations on the uber traditional red and green. Some colour pairings that you can try this year include:

•             Mint and blush for a feminine and vintage look

•             Plum and teal for a sophisticated and elegant feel

•             Navy (or turquoise) and red, which gives your typical nautical decor a festive holiday flair

•             Green and fuchsia to create something preppy and fun

•             Red and grey for a chalet-chic look


Keep these colour schemes in mind when purchasing accent pillow covers, table linens, napkins and runners.


PRO TIP: If you’re hosting multiple parties, you can keep the festive colours looking new and radiant throughout the holiday season by using OxiClean™ Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover. It helps to fight tough stains (think red wine and gravy) while safeguarding colours.


Set the mood… and table

The dinner table is the focal point of any holiday gathering! To make it more memorable, every tablescape needs the following:

•          Flow: Don’t overpack your table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there’s plenty of elbow room between guests and enough space for dessert on the table!

•          Greenery and flowers: No décor is complete without succulents or fresh cut flowers, especially during the holidays. This year, try creating your own unique centrepieces by layering pine branches, Christmas ornaments and fresh flowers overtop a festive table runner.

•          Table linens: Take a more casual approach to your brunch table linens this year.  Mixing and matching colours and patterns keeps the meal light-hearted and bright. Notice a spill or stain once your guests have gone? Use OxiClean™ Max Force™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help tackle even the greasiest spills and stains left behind.

•          Rethink your serving plates: For a casual and natural feeling buffet style brunch, set aside the traditional serving platters and opt for more rustic materials such as slate, wood or marble. You can also try mixing vintage dishes with new items for classic yet modern feel.

•          PRO TIP: To make cleaning up even easier, start with a clean dishwasher when your guests arrive and load it throughout the meal. Using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster is also a must during the holidays as it removes tough, stuck on stains and keeps your precious dishes looking sparkling.


Think beyond the tree

During the holiday season, people often focus on the tree and forget about the rest of their house. Try placing small wreaths or pretty bowls filled with ornaments in different rooms. Using strings of lights indoors is also a fun way to decorate. You can also bundle up small white lights and place them in glass jars to add a little sparkle to any room.


To help you get ready for your holiday entertaining we have put together a fun giveaway, including:


·         OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater – To help blast away even the greasiest of stains with its foaming action.

·         OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals 26 PAK (468 g) Pouch – To remove stuck on stains and help your dishes sparkle!

·         OxiClean™ Versitle Stain Remover – To to get rid of tough stains and ensure your home is ready for guests!

·         Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush Battery Toothbrush – To ensure your smile is bright and white for any holiday parties! (I always give these away as stocking stuffers – it’s a tradition!)

The products mentioned above were provided free of charge. Regardless, I was not obligated to feature this item and all opinions expressed belong to Mom vs. the Boys and are not influenced in any way.


  1. Our favourite family tradition is baking cookies and cinnamon rolls

  2. kathy downey says:

    Our favourite family tradition is getting together with family on Christmas eve at Mom’s for Moose pie and broken glass cake !

  3. lori butler says:

    ours is grabbing hot chocolate and driving around looking at the light displays

  4. Favourite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve dinner beneath the glowing candles on our candelabra!

  5. Checking out the xmas lights!!!

  6. Our favourite family tradition is having friends and family over we play the gift exchange game. Lots of fun

  7. Alison Braidwood says:

    I do a lot of carol singing around town with my choir every Christmas. It’s one of my favourite things.

  8. Judy Cowan says:

    Our appetizer dinner on Christmas eve, were we nibble, cozy up in our PJ’s and watch Christmas movies.

  9. Wendy Jensen says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Eve Light Drive.

  10. Lynda Cook says:

    Going out and driving around at night to see all the lights and the different decorations out at the homes!!

  11. My favorite tradition is baking with my nieces and nephews.

  12. We like to open one gift each on Christmas Eve.

  13. Rosanne Robinson says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is our family parties for Christmas and New Years Eve. We have a huge immediate family – 65 members and growing every year. We enjoy awesome food, drinks, laughs, music, & watching the little ones opening presents.

  14. Chantelle Alvey says:

    Dinner with my family

  15. sitting down for great food

  16. My favourite is when we all get together to decorate our Christmas tree.

  17. Carol McCann says:

    My Grandchildren come over Christmas eve we play games eat treats and have lots of laughs

  18. Kelly Baker says:

    My fave holiday tradition is having a big, turkey dinner (with all the fixins’) with the whole family on Christmas Day!

  19. My favorite holiday tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve. It fun watching the kids try to decide which one to open.

  20. Baking xmas goodies and making meatpies with the family.

  21. My favourite tradition is when my sister comes with her family and the kids unwrap the presents and just sitting around with each other

  22. sarah alexis says:

    My favourite tradition is taking my kids to Bright Nights at Stanley park every year!

  23. Jeannie Lam says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is baking and decorating cookies for Santa with the kids.

  24. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    That’s probably the Advent Calendars for the children. I made cross-stitch ones for my own 7 and have now made 5, another nearly finished and one more to do for my grandchildren.

  25. Karla Sceviour says:

    Visiting friends and family during the holidays.

  26. My favourite holiday tradition is baking with my girls.

  27. Our favorite tradition is decorating the tree!

  28. My favourite holiday tradition is baking holiday goodies with my kids.

  29. Tara Betterley says:

    One of my favorite traditions is doing chocolate molding with my daughter!

  30. Nicole Aben says:

    My favourite tradition is going skating together as a family, then having hot chocolate.

  31. making the traditional family recipes and sharing with family and friends. thanks

  32. I like to drive around to see the Christmas lights with family and then come home and have hot chocolate and cookies.

  33. Marilyn Legault says:

    Going to the children’s mass Christmas Eve

  34. Baking cookies with my mom!

  35. I like the Secret Santa gift exchange.

  36. Luminous Angel says:

    Watching Christmas movies with the family!

  37. My favourite tradition is decorating the tree.

  38. hanging up Christmas lights

  39. Angela Mitchell says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is finding the perfect Christmas tree at the farm with my family and then coming home for hot chocolate and to decorate.

  40. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    My fave tradition is getting together with our whole family on Christmas Eve.

  41. Driving around looking at the lights on Christmas eve.

  42. Florence Cochrane says:

    My favorite tradition is the family getting together and we order in on Christmas eve.

  43. My favourite tradition is driving around a local subdivision to see the lights on Christmas Eve, it is so pretty as they line the sidewalk with candles

  44. Carol Denny says:

    My favorite tradition is getting together with my family on Christmas eve.

  45. baking cookies

  46. Putting up all the Christmas decorations is my favourite holiday tradition.

  47. I love having gumbo on Christmas Eve. Reminds me of both my childhood and my world travels.

  48. Christmas morning brunch is our favorite tradition!

  49. Rhonda W G. says:

    My favorite is going to Church Christmas Eve! It feels so magical.

  50. I love eating whipped shortbread cookies Christmas morning, and having a hot chocolate or coffee to go with it. Then it’s time to open stockings first!

  51. Family dinner on Christmas Eve and then everyone open their Christmas gifts

  52. My favourite tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my daughter, and now my little granddaughter.

  53. My favourite holiday tradition is decorating the tree with the kids and watching them open presents on Christmas morning.

  54. My favourite tradition is our family Christmas dinner.

  55. ERIN MCSWEENEY says:


  56. I like the pizza dinner we always have on Christmas Eve.

  57. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I love baking cookies with my family

  58. heather sibley says:

    Exchanging presents with my sisters on Christmas eve.

  59. My favourite holiday tradition is going ice skating along the trails, and hot chocolate afterwards.

  60. Gillian Morgan says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is going to look at the lights on Christmas eve.

  61. Our favourite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas Tree.

  62. Watching holiday movies with the family.

  63. Susanne McCarthy says:

    I have taken over the tradition of baking Grandmas’ shortbread cookies!

  64. Wayne Lecoy says:

    It would be great to win this
    Church and Dwight Holiday Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    What is your favourite holiday tradition?
    My favourite holiday traditions are listening to my favourite Christmas Music
    while i decorate the Christmas Tree and opening one present on Christmas Eve.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  65. Victoria Ess says:

    I love doing Kris Kringle!

  66. It is reading Christmas stories with my family.

  67. My favourite holiday tradition is making and decorating the gingerbread house

  68. Opening one gift on Christmas Eve.

  69. Melinda Jana says:

    building gingerbread houses together

  70. missbobloblaw says:

    I love trimming the tree with the kids!

  71. Chandra O'Connor says:

    having my gingerbread house decorating contest with my youngest daughter.

  72. Making my dad’s holiday dressing to share with family is the thing I love to do at Christmas.

  73. Love being all the family together to open the gifts!

  74. Florence Cochrane says:

    My favorite is the family gathering for Christmas dinner.

  75. We love it when the family gets together. Everyone travels just to meet up at least this one time of year.

  76. christine w says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is our Christmas eve dinner – my grandmother started it when i was a child.

  77. opening up our stockings first in the morning.

  78. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Opening up our stockings Christmas morning and then having a nice family dinner in the evening.

  79. I love christmas dinner at my parents’ place

  80. My favourite holiday tradition is singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve with my family.

  81. seeing the kids get so excited for santa & christmas

  82. My kids dress up as Santa’s elves and we take food and presents to our local foodbank. It really is better to give than receive.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  83. my favourite tradition is getting together with the family for Christmas!

  84. Watching White Christmas

  85. spending time with loved ones and reflecting on the year – I miss Christmas already – I feel the New Year dawning!

  86. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I love doing gingerbread houses with the kids. And it requires a lot of cleanup after.

  87. My favourite holiday tradition is to a Christmas tree u cut to get our tree.

  88. My favourite holiday tradtion is all the baking I do with my mom and sister.

  89. Joanne Saunders says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree

  90. My favourite holiday tradition is having family dinner

  91. Jennifer P. says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is decorating our tree with ornaments we have collected from our travels around the world. It always brings back wonderful family memories as we put up our tree each year.

  92. watching holiday movies with my loved ones

  93. Erica Seaman says:

    Making meat pies and cookies with my children.

  94. My favourite holiday tradition is making an extra donation to charities we support. We do this as a family every year.

  95. Favourite holiday tradition is decorating the house and baking with the kids 🙂

  96. The Christmas eve gathering.

  97. My favourite holiday tradition is driving around and looking at Christmas lights

  98. Juliee Fitze says:

    My favorite tradition is getting together with all my Aunts, Uncles , siblings and cousins on boxing day for a family dinner.

  99. Treen Goodwin says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is going Christmas Caroling with my Neighbors and Family 🙂

  100. Favourite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve dinner

  101. mohammad anjum says:

    grand dinner with family

  102. michelle plummer says:

    Playing cards at my aunts house.

  103. Valerie Mallette says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is decorating our Christmas tree.

  104. Caryn Coates says:

    Driving around to look at all the Christmas Lights on Christmas Eve

  105. My favourite holiday traditon is giving all the children chocolate letters for Christmas

  106. deana dietrich says:

    My fav holiday tradition is family movie night.

  107. My favourite tradition is cutting down the tree with my kids.

  108. Tammy Dalley says:

    christmas dinner with the whole family!

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