Christmas Day Brunch

Eva Amurri Martino has a festive brunch in her kitchen on Christmas Day

It’s less than a week until Christmas! I’ve mentioned recently that it’s our first Christmas celebrating at our new home– which means we get to make up all of our new Traditions! It’s so exciting! A few years ago my Grandmother on my Mom’s side (Grandma to me, Gigi to my kids!) generously passed down her Christmas china to me.  She knows how obsessed I am with all things decor (and nostalgia), and I am beyond thankful to have something so special of her to hold on to and pass down for generations.

A festive Christmas day brunch using vintage china in the kitchen of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

I have posted some images of this traditional Lenox Christmas china on social media, and I was so tickled when some readers reached out to me and let me know that their own Grandmothers had passed the same china down to them! I mean, too cute! It’s such a special tradition– and I of course HAD to find a way to consistently work it in to our holiday celebrations. Welcome to the first annual Martino Family Christmas Day Brunch! LOL.

This year on Christmas morning, we plan on having a yummy and nostalgic brunch with my Grandmother’s china.  I offset it with some more modern linens to freshen the look a bit.  All of the food is grown up AND kid approved– and we will definitely be serving some mimosas and bloody mary’s to go with it! I can’t wait!  I’m not quite sure how I ended up with a toddler who goes nuts for poached asparagus spears…but I did? LOL.  I think keeping these little tender cuties whole adds to the appeal of eating them.  Major even tried these asparagus for the first time recently and loved gnawing on them.  I love serving a breakfast for our special holiday that is as nutritious as it is delicious!

Entertaining Tip: using a holiday wreath with a serving bowl inside is my favorite, easy way to spruce up a Christmas table!

Major Martino stands at the festive brunch table wearing green and red striped pajamas


A festive Christmas day brunch using vintage china in the kitchen of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

Marlowe Martino holds up a buttermilk biscuit at her family's christmas day brunch at home in Connecticut

Marlowe Martino wears Christmas Pajamas and tucks in to a fabulous Christmas day brunch in the kitchen of her connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino sits on the table to enjoy a festive christmas day brunch with her family at home in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino sits with children marlowe and major around the kitchen table decorated for Christmas brunch

Major Martino grabs for an asparagus spear while seated on Eva Amurri Martino's lap during their annual Christmas Day Brunch

Marlowe Martino eats asparagus

Eva Amurri Martino shares the decor and details of her grandmother's christmas china as part of her christmas day brunch

On the menu…

  • Freshly baked buttermilk biscuits
  • Eva’s Mini Christmas Frittatas
  • Marlowe’s Favorite Asparagus with lemon-mustard vinaigrette
  • Chris-mint Fruit Salad
  • Coffee, Tea, Mimosas & More!

Eva Amurri Martino's fruit salad with fresh mint, and the other remnants of her Christmas day brunch with the family

Eva Amurri Martino's fruit salad with fresh mint, and the other remnants of her Christmas day brunch with the family

A vintage cup and saucer at Eva Amurri Martino's brunch table

Eva’s Mini Christmas Frittatas

Makes approximately 16 Frittatas

  • 1 muffin tin baking tray
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves, torn
  • 1 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 package of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I use cheddar)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Begin by sauteeing the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion is translucent.  Set aside.  Now beat the eggs together in a large mixing bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Spray each muffin mold with nonstick cooking spray, and fill each mold halfway with the beaten eggs.  Going down the line, sprinkle pinch of the follow items in to each mold: onion/garlic mixture, chopped bacon, tomatoes, spinach leaves.  Take a spoon and gently mix the ingredients in the molds until combined.  Now go around to each mold and sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon of cheese on the top of the egg mixture.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the frittatas are firm but not browned.  Serve immediately!

Eva Amurri Martino pours a lemony mustard vinaigrette over poached asparagus spears

Marlowe’s Favorite Asparagus with lemony vinaigrette

Serves 2-4

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.  Drop the asparagus in the water, and prepare an ice bath (fill a large bowl with water and two cups of ice).  Set ice bath aside.  Now prepare the vinaigrette. Add the olive oil to a glass, zest the lemon in to the glass, then slice it and add the juice.  Add the honey and mustard, and whisk together briskly.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Test the asparagus– when ready they should be bright green, and firm to the touch– but you should be able to pierce each spear easily with a fork.  Approximately 5 minutes.  When the asparagus are cooked, remove them from the water with tongs and put them immediately in to the ice bath to stop them from cooking.  Remove after 5 minutes and pat dry.  Arrange on a serving platter and top with vinaigrette.  Enjoy!

Eva Amurri Martino opens a festive christmas cracker with son Major at their Christmas morning brunch


Eva Amurri Martino wears a gold paper crown from her festive holiday christmas crackers at the brunch table


Eva Amurri Martino leans in to kiss three year old daughter, Marlowe

I have a long tradition of enjoying festive Christmas crackers during the Holiday season– my Mom always used to buy them for holiday meals when I was a kid– and I couldn’t resist getting them for our Christmas brunch this year! I cracked one open early…and turns out I was a bit more excited about them than my kids.  I tried to get Lowie to wear the paper crown from the cracker, and she gave me a little side eye and replied “Mom…I’m not really that in to this…” LOL.  Okay! Well, I guess some Christmas traditions are more for the parents than the children! Noted! I love starting this new brunch tradition with my family and can’t wait for Christmas day! Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday filled with so much joy and love.  Be well!




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Eva Amurri Martino kisses three year old daughter Marlowe during their festive Christmas brunch at home in Connecticut


Photographs by Carter Fish

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  1. Nicole says:

    OH MY GOODNESS. The last 2 pictures of you and Marlowe hit me right in the feels. So, so sweet. And the recipes look amazing, Merry Christmas to your family and thanks for throwing an entire Christmas brunch to show us what it looks like, I’m sure that was super easy lol.

    12.21.17 Reply
    • hahaah. It’s that #BloggerLife! 😉
      Happy new year!

      12.31.17 Reply
  2. Camilla says:

    What beautiful china! The fruit salad looks so good! ☺ xo

    12.21.17 Reply
  3. Sue says:

    Merry, Merry Christmas to you, Kyle, Lowie and Major! May your have a love, laughter and shenanigan filled holiday!

    My mom still uses her Lenox holiday China. I know when she’s ready I’ll have it use it. It certaly makes a simple meal into a special occasion.

    Your attention to every detail is amazing! I love the pjs and can’t wait to try the mini quiches and the asparagus.

    Love to all!
    Sue C

    12.21.17 Reply
  4. Ren says:

    Thanks so much for all your great posts this year. Hope you guys have an amazing holiday! <3

    12.21.17 Reply
  5. I love holiday crackers. I typically have them during my holiday party and am always surprised how many people don’t know what they are. Such a fun thing to do!

    12.21.17 Reply
  6. Tracy says:

    What lovely brunch ideas! I will definitely try to make the muffin fritattas. You make it seem easy! Christmas crackers are my favorite since my mother in law introduced me to them. I love going around the table when we all open them!

    12.21.17 Reply
  7. Emily says:

    Eva-my family does a very similar meal Christmas morning! I love doing something in the morning so we can just relax the rest of the day and enjoy each other. I love your ideas, but what I’m most curious about is the photograph on your mantle! Is there a story behind it? Thanks!

    12.21.17 Reply
    • Kyle and I collect black and white photography, and I particularly love nudes. This one is actually from a gallery in Berlin that my Mom gifted me for my college graduation. I love collecting valuable artwork that I can pass down to my kids one day! Other than that, no significance!

      I once had a cable guy ask me if it was a photo of me– which I thought was a totally bizarre thing to ask somebody when you’re alone with them in their apartment! Yikes : /

      12.31.17 Reply
  8. Naomi says:

    Your house looks beautiful as do your kids! Love the decor!

    12.21.17 Reply
  9. Nicole says:

    Love this post, love the photos and love brunch any old day of the week, but especially on Christmas! Can’t wait to try the asparagus; I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!! 🎄🌟🎅🏼❤️🎁

    12.22.17 Reply
  10. Melissa says:

    Hi Eva!

    I love your posts! Everything you do is done so beautifully. I have ‘forwarded’ the asparagus recipe to my mom for Christmas 🤣 and I was wondering if you could please let me know what’s in the Chris-mint Fruit Salad? I can’t get over how perfectly cheeky this is! Thank you kindly! And A Merry Merry to you and yours!

    12.23.17 Reply
    • Hi! I think I may have replied to you on Instagram (sorry if it was a bit late!) but the salad is just fruit salad of your choice with finely chopped mint mixed in with some orange juice as dressing– and then mint for garnish


      12.31.17 Reply
  11. Hannah says:

    Eva, I had to come back and comment on this post as I was so inspired by your beautiful brunch that I made the whole spread, down to the asparagus, for Christmas brunch. Wow, just wow! Not only did it look impressive, but everything was beyond delicious! This was our first Christmas away from our families (we just moved to Seattle with our 1 yr old). I wanted it to be special- and boy was it ever! Thanks again!!

    12.25.17 Reply
    • Oh wow, so happy to hear this! Hooray! Hope you have a very happy new year!


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  12. patrice says:

    Your Christmas brunch menu made MY Christmas brunch *100* and mom was so impressed that I had my menu planned out a week in advance. I call that a win — thanks!

    01.03.18 Reply
  13. Ro says:

    Where is the Ho Ho Ho Banner hanging on the mantle from?

    01.19.18 Reply