Epic Brunch Board on a Budget (2023)

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Celebrate all things brunch with an epic spread of breakfast favorites on a big ol’ board. Your guests will never know you put it together on a budget! Plus get my tips for making the most out of a wholesale shopping trip.

I am excited about today’s post for a number of reasons.

First of all…BRUNCH! I’m a sucker for breakfast foods at any and all hours of the day.

And presenting them on the biggest cutting board I own made a huge impact for the birthday brunch party I threw for my in-laws (whose birthdays are 2 days apart).

And secondly, I’m excited to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite one-stop shops for stocking my kitchen and pantry on a budget.

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I remember the first time I stepped foot into BJ’s Wholesale Club. It was 2005 and I had just moved into my current home with my then-fiancé, now-husband.

We were planning to throw a big engagement/housewarming party and I needed to stock up on food to feed a pretty big crowd.

Although I’m super comfortable cooking for a crowd now, way back then, I had ZERO experience with it.

So my mother-in-law told me we could go stock up on party supplies, fresh food, and frozen hors d’oeuvres at BJ’s Wholesale Club.

I remember being blown away by the selection at the store, and I’ve been a member ever since.

We managed to throw the whole party at a fraction of what it would have cost if we had shopped elsewhere.

Fast forward 13 years (!!) and BJ’s Wholesale Club has become my go-to place to stock up for so many household necessities, school snacks, paper goods, pet food, and more.

I’ve bought everything from bacon to patio furniture while shopping there. I even scored a great deal on my son’s current car booster seat.

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More recently, I have come to rely on the wide variety and quality of organic products and fresh produce available at affordable prices.

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It really allows my family to enjoy the items we love more often without breaking the bank.

And my local club recently added a gas station, which is just one more reason to get everything done in just one trip!

I’m someone who appreciates a streamlined shopping experience – not hitting up multiple stores or driving all over the place whenever I head out.

One of the things I like most about shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club is the vast product selection for their exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands.

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I’m able to find so many Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen items to replace the national brand products that I used to buy.

They offer products in so many different categories – everything from food and beverages to housewares, pet items, personal care, and cleaning products – all at superior quality and great prices.

Wellsley Farms is my faaaavorite. They offer a large selection of natural and organic products from the best sources around the world (and locally!) at seriously great prices.

I feel like I find more and more of their products every time I shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club, and I love it!

The quality and value of the products within both these brands is superb, and many of these items have become staples that I buy every time I shop.

My tiny kitchen is always stocked with their capers, coconut water, and organic pure maple syrup. Always!

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Here’s my plan of attack for whenever I’m headed to BJ’s:

Items That I Shop for Wholesale:

  • Paper goods (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, facial tissue)
  • Personal care (shampoo, conditioner, soap, shave gel, razor blades, moisturizer, makeup remover, feminine hygiene, wipes, diapers, training pants)
  • Pantry (raw sugar, chocolate chips, brownie mix, flour, oils, cereal, canned tuna, peanut butter, jams, spreads, pasta, canned beans)
  • Fresh produce (organic fruits, veggies, prepared roasted beets, salad greens)
  • Meat (ground meat, whole chickens, hot dogs, thick-cut bacon, sausage, steak, pork tenderloin, ribs, lamb)
  • Snacks (dried fruit, nuts, chips, crackers, granola, snack bars, hummus)
  • Bakery (bread, muffins, croissants, cornbread, cakes)
  • Dairy (cheese, milk, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, butter)
  • Deli (cold cuts, dried/cured meats, smoked salmon)
  • Frozen (chicken, shrimp, tilapia, lobster tails, pre-made appetizers, ice cream, frozen yogurt)
  • Household (batteries, water filtration supplies, dish soap, cleaning supplies, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, garbage bags, pet food, appliances, cookware, serveware, toys, books, clothing)
  • Seasonal (sunscreen, beach towels, greeting cards, wrapping paper, garden tools, plants)
  • Gas (this is new to my local BJ’s Wholesale Club, they have the best gas prices around and I absolutely love the deep discount!)

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It seems like a lot but I’m able to stock up in just one trip and I’m set for quite some time.

It has been a total game-changer when it comes to packing school and camp lunches and snacks for my son.

And I’m able to load up my freezer with lots of meat and seafood options to cook from for weeks. It makes meal planning so much simpler for me!

Shopping wholesale allows me to get my big shopping done in one shot, and spend less time on my smaller weekly shopping trips.

That means more time spent with my family and entertaining without as much work. Score!

BJ’s Wholesale Club also sends out mailers with the absolute best coupons! The last time I shopped there, I saved over $40 just by using their coupons. You can also shop on BJs.com, the BJ’s mobile app, and with the Shop BJs.com – Pick up in Club service.

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They’re also the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons!

OK, enough gushing. Let’s get to this epic brunch board!

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My family eats parfaits for breakfast a few times per week. So the idea for this board started as a parfait-board of sorts.

But then I figured… why stop there? There are so many other delicious breakfast items that we love (helloooooo, eggs and bacon!), so why not go all out and make the most epic brunch assortment ever?

And yes, I bought every single item on this brunch board from BJ’s Wholesale Club.

It was mostly Wellsley Farms items with some fresh fruit and organic eggs added in for good measure.

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Tips for Assembling an Epic Brunch Board on a Budget:

Go for a variety of textures! Creamy yogurt, crispy granola, sticky-sweet dried fruit, pillowy soft croissants, and crunchy nuts are all great choices.

Utilize a mix of sweet and savory. Too much sweet can make this board feel like overkill.

But a few salty items (bacon, nuts) hard-boiled eggs, and buttery pastries make for a reprieve from all.that.sugar.

I also like using plain yogurt so people can sweeten it (or not) as desired.

Pile like items together! One of the great things about buying the ingredients in bulk is that you have plenty of extras to restock any items that may run out.

Keeping your items in groups (with a few decorative bits scattered about) helps you keep tabs on what may be in need of a refill.

Keep things colorful! Fresh and dried fruits in a variety of colors are a wonderful way to do this.

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Do some work in advance. You can get the dried items piled onto your board earlier in the day, and add the fresh or refrigerated items right before your guests arrive.

I used my Instant Pot to cook the eggs the day before so they were ready and waiting for me.

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Bake your bacon! Baking your bacon in the oven helps keep the slices from curling and gives you evenly crispy pieces.

Offer both hot and cold beverages to go with your epic brunch board. We had coffee as well as my favorite coconut water from Wellsley Farms.

Seriously – this stuff is so good, guys. It’s not too sweet, which is an issue that I have with many other brands of coconut water.

Have fun with it! Seriously. Breakfast and brunch are supposed to be fun.

Enjoy entertaining earlier in the day, and have more time for fun with your family and friends!

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We really lucked out with gorgeous summer weather the day that we threw this birthday brunch party.

My in-laws absolutely loved it, and it’s something that several of my friends have already requested that I put together for them when they come visit. Thanks, Instagram. 😉

After seeing how doable and stress-free this board was, I feel confident in putting it together more often, with variations based on what I buy from the store.

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Epic Brunch Board on a Budget

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 or more
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Board
  • Cuisine: American
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Celebrate all things brunch with an epic spread of breakfast favorites on a big ol‘ board. Your guests will never know you put it together on a budget!


  • Wellsley Farms Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Wellsley Farms Swiss Granola
  • Wellsley Farms Fruit & Grain Cereal Bars, cut into slices
  • Wellsley Farms Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, cut into cubes
  • Wellsley Farms Roasted and Salted Pistachios
  • Wellsley Farms Thick-Cut Bacon, cooked
  • Wellsley Farms Wholesome Mixed Nuts
  • Wellsley Farms Dried Apricots
  • Wellsley Farms Organic Grade A Pure Maple Syrup
  • Wellsley Farms Mini Croissants
  • Hard-boiled eggs, quartered
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Wellsley Farms Pure Coconut Water, for serving


  1. Arrange everything in piles on a large board. Have fun and get creative!


Use as much or as little of everything as you want, based on how many people you’re serving.

Pile like items together! Keeping your items in groups (with a few decorative bits scattered about) helps you keep tabs on what may be in need of a refill.

Keywords: brunch, entertaining, board

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How can I host a cheap brunch? ›

Chef, Sara Lynn Cauchon shares some easy ways to pull together a cost-effective but expensive looking brunch that your friends will adore!
  1. Tip #1: Choose a signature cocktail.
  2. Tip #2: Serve everything buffet or family-style.
  3. Tip #3: Make simple dishes look gourmet.
  4. Tip #4: Serve simple, delicious snacks.
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What should be included in a brunch menu? ›

Some of the most common brunch menu items include:
  • Eggs: You can serve fried eggs, eggs Benedict, omelets, and even breakfast burritos at brunch.
  • Bread: French toast, pancakes, waffles, and other bread-based dishes, like burgers and sandwiches, are popular brunch foods.
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When it comes to brunch, your options are myriad: You can serve breakfast dishes, lunch dishes, or a combination of the two. We suggest choosing one egg dish and one heartier dish, plus a cocktail or mocktail.

What are the rules of brunch? ›

Here are ten tips for brunching etiquette to keep in mind:
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How do I make the perfect brunch menu? ›

We recommend choosing an egg dish, something hearty or savory, something sweet, something fresh, and something for dessert. Coffee, tea, and a signature cocktail or mocktail complete the brunch spread. Don't turn yourself into a short-order cook the day of your brunch. That means no pancakes and no eggs made to order.

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  5. Avoid Time-Consuming Recipes. ...
  6. Try a Self-Serve Bar. ...
  7. Opt for an Exciting Mix of Foods.

What do you serve at a ladies brunch? ›

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  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters. ...
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What cheese is good for brunch? ›

Good cheeses for a breakfast board could include a soft spreadable cream cheese, like Boursin or Alouette, a stilton with fruit (like apricot or blueberry), a hard or semi-hard cheese like cheddar or gouda, and Brie, which can be paired with fruit, jam, or honey.

How do you make a simple grazing board? ›

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  4. Step 4: Add Your Cheeses. ...
  5. Step 5: Add Your Cold Meats. ...
  6. Step 6: Add Your Crackers. ...
  7. Step 7: Add Your Fillers.
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  5. Keep Your Food Warm. ...
  6. Have a Few Drink Options. ...
  7. Get Creative with Your Serving Plates and Glasses. ...
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Brunch is typically served between the normal breakfast time and lunch—generally around 10:00 AM. However, you may choose to start early so guests can chat for a little while before they start eating.

What is the best time for brunch? ›

Once the weekend rolls around, the rules change and you can officially refer to your midday meal as brunch if you're eating between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you're eating before 11, it's breakfast.

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How do you host a stress free brunch? ›

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How do you make a cheap grazing platter? ›

Opt for oranges, apples, grapes and whatever is in season, as it will usually be cheaper. Crackers: thankfully, cheap crackers are easy to find. Pick up a box of crackers, some pretzels and / or breadsticks. Extras: dried fruit, nuts and olives can be used to scatter in any gaps that are appear.

Is it cheaper to make your own grazing table? ›

For wedding receptions or a corporate event, it might cost slightly more. However, if you are doing it yourself, you could probably create your own for approximately $300 or less. The key to great grazing table ideas on a budget is to grab some key items over time while they are on sale.

Who gets invited to the day after wedding brunch? ›

Who gets invited to an after-wedding brunch? If your budget allows it and you want to invite all your wedding guests, awesome! But it's by no means necessary or expected. As a rule of thumb, your immediate family, grandparents, and the wedding party (and their plus-ones) should receive an invite.

Who hosts brunch day after wedding? ›

1. Put someone in charge. The newlyweds are typically the host of a post-wedding brunch.

Do you play games at a brunch party? ›

Brunch is the perfect time to catch up with old friends. But in addition to chit-chat, it can be fun to play a game, such as reverse charades or Telephone Pictionary, or set up some lawn games, like croquet, cornhole or bocce ball.

How do you host a simple brunch? ›

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  2. Go Grocery Shopping Ahead of Time. ...
  3. Lay Things out the Night Before. ...
  4. Consider Going Paper and Plastic. ...
  5. Avoid Time-Consuming Recipes. ...
  6. Try a Self-Serve Bar. ...
  7. Opt for an Exciting Mix of Foods.

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How do you host a stress-free brunch? ›

How to Host a Stress-Free Brunch
  1. Choose drinks that you can make in advance. Serving mimosas? ...
  2. Poach the eggs in advance. If you're making Eggs Benedict for brunch, poach the eggs the evening before. ...
  3. And bacon? Of course! ...
  4. Make this instead of that. ...
  5. Also, set the table the night before.
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Brunch is a meal eaten between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., sometimes accompanied by alcoholic drinks (typically champagne or a cocktail).

How do you throw a successful brunch? ›

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  3. Welcome guests with the smell of home-baked pastries. ...
  4. Fresh fruit is fundamental. ...
  5. Balance the brunch. ...
  6. Serve special spreads and "boutique" butters. ...
  7. Coffee is crucial so keep it flowing.

What is the cheapest food to serve at a party? ›

Here are some simple party food ideas on a budget:
  • Soup.
  • Loose meat sandwiches.
  • Baked potatoes.
  • Pasta.
  • Tacos.
  • Make-your-own-pizzas.
  • Cheese and crackers.
  • Vegetables and dip.
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What is the cheapest thing to cater? ›

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  • 2 2. Pizzeria Rolls.
  • 3 3. Potato Chips.
  • 4 4. Cheese Ball.
  • 5 5. Potato Pizza.
  • 6 6. Egg Rolls.
  • 7 7. Guacamole.
  • 8 8. Potato Salad.

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The easiest rule is the “One Pound Rule.” Provide one pound of food for each adult guest (not including drinks or dessert).

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How do you keep brunch food hot? ›

Tip #2: Keep Your Food Warm

Casseroles, pastries and other hot breakfast items can be kept warm in an oven set to 200 degrees until showtime. Most guests like to settle in to chat and have a drink before they start chowing down.


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