Help! What Are Good Dishes for a Graduation Brunch?

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Q: I'm planning my own graduation brunch, as my family is juggling two graduations that weekend and won't be arriving until the morning of. However, this was probably a very dumb idea, as I have no idea what I am going to feed 30 people for brunch, especially in a dorm kitchen (at least it means I have access to 7 ovens!) where I can't even distract people with mimosas because there is no alcohol allowed.

I'm thinking mostly things I can make in advance and maybe pop in the oven that morning. Unfortunately, I don't usually cook breakfast/brunch or for large groups, so I don't really know what those things are.

Sent by LeahEditor: Leah, brunch is our favorite meal for a crowd. It's very easy to make a lot of brunch dishes ahead of time. For this particular meal, we would suggest making a couple big trays of an egg and vegetable casserole. Check out this roundup for some ideas:

Fresh and Light: 12 Modern Breakfast Casseroles

Then make a big fruit salad (again, ahead of time) and have it ready in the fridge.

Lemon and Honey Fruit Salad
Try This! Sweet "Vinaigrette" for Fruit Salad
Making Fruit Salad Fun: Chinese Fruit Forks

Finish off with some sweet rolls or rich bread bought from a bakery, and some orange juice. For a special touch, mix the orange juice with a few bottles of club soda and a little pear or grapefruit juice. Garnish with limes or lemons.

Also check out Elizabeth's great post about planning brunch ahead:
You Can Sleep In! Tips for Making Brunch Ahead of Time

Readers, any specific recipes or tips for Leah?

Related: Cooking for a Crowd: How To Cook a Stress-Free Feast

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