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What time is brunch?

snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,707 Senior Member
edited March 2012 in Parent Cafe
I just received an invitation to a baby shower brunch on a Saturday for my cousin. The invitation is for 2:00 p.m.; isn't that lunch? I know we are play semantics here, but my mother is really bothered by the young woman planning the shower. I wondered if maybe the invitation had a typo and it was meant to be at 12:00, or maybe the woman had planned a brunch and for some reason changed to lunch and forgot to reword the invitation.

So can one have brunch at 2:00? Is brunch what you serve, what time you serve, or both?
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Replies to: What time is brunch?

  • momof3sonsmomof3sons Registered User Posts: 5,116 Senior Member
    We are invited to brunch at 1 p.m. this Sunday. I thought that was late. To me, brunch is 11 a.m. Maybe the term "brunch" is being used because there will be both items from breakfast as well as lunch served.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 12,365 Senior Member
    Restaurants serve brunch from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The meal is supposed to be a combination of breakfast and lunch, the idea being that people will have slept in and not had their breakfast yet. Maybe the hosts are trying to imply they will serve breakfast food as well as lunch food. Maybe they are trying to tell you it will be a buffet line, less formal. maybe they are trying to tell you it will be a substantial spread- not just snack food. It doesn't make sense- I certainly would not want to wait past noon for my breakfast at a party. Luncheon is the closest I can come to a correct after noon hour full meal.
  • pugmadkatepugmadkate Registered User Posts: 5,888 Senior Member
    When someone invites me to a celebration and also feeds me, I don't care what they call it. What difference does it make if you are not being asked to host or provide a side dish? And what does your mother being bothered by the young woman throwing the shower have to do with defining brunch?

    If you're concerned that the time is a typo, when you drop a note or make a call to rsvp ask for clarification.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    brunch is from 11am to 1pm at my house- unless you empty the pitcher of mimosas faster than that.
    However, I do think it refers to the style of the meal- brunch seems more casual and has more on the breakfast style food- I think maybe it also means you can come in your jammies?

    Oh I get it- brunch is when you eat before an afternoon event ( like a shower) or after a morning one . I like brunch, I can't eat for a few hours after I get up anyway.
  • snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,707 Senior Member
    As far as my mother being bothered, I did not word that well. My mother likes to criticize and doesn't love this particular cousin, so in turn, she must not like cousin's friends!

    The shower is at a restaurant so I took a look at their menu; they do serve off of their brunch menu from 8:00am-4:00pm. They do also have a lunch menu, but the brunch menu is only for the weekend. Maybe the lunch menu is only for weekdays as the brunch menu still has burgers and sandwiches.

    When I have a brunch, I usually call it between 10:30-11:30.
  • belabela Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    I would grumble whatever it was called if it's for a shower. Hate those things.
  • alhalh Registered User Posts: 8,054 Senior Member
    With a nod to emeraldkity, imho brunch is a meal anytime in the daylight when you are drinking mimosas or bloody marys. This is a pretty funny thread to me since I was raised by Emily Post’s guidebook and now my children run with a very different crowd. Some don’t know Post; some adhere to different but equally authoritative rules from other parts of the globe. It becomes quite comical sometimes (to me at least) now they are old enough to issue invitations and have no idea what they think they are saying just doesn't translate that way to many to whom the invitations are sent. I am already preparing for the day I have to explain to my relatives what various shower & wedding invitations “mean” and to just chill. Brunch times will be the least of it. And there will be fussing lol
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,658 Senior Member
    2:00 is mid afternoon snack for me, but if she wants to call it brunch, more power to her!
  • 4trees4trees Registered User Posts: 383 Member
    Brunch follows second breakfast which is right after morning coffee break with first breakfast before that. After brunch is first lunch, afternoon snack then second lunch.... Somewhere in there you have to work in a nap. The exact clock time of all are determined by when your toddler wakes up.
  • snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,707 Senior Member
    So ahl, what time does Miss Post say brunch time is? I use to have one of her books, but it made it way to the give away pile in the early 90's!!
  • mafoolmafool Registered User Posts: 6,453 Senior Member
    Brunch or bruncheon is a combination of breakfast and lunch. [1] The term is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch(eon). Brunch is often served after a morning event or prior to an afternoon one, such as a wedding or sporting event. A common misconception is that after midday, the meal is a luncheon. This however is not true so long as a breakfast has not been eaten. While common in the United States, according to Punch magazine, the term was introduced in Britain around 1896 by Hunter's Weekly, then becoming student slang.[2] Other sources claim that the term was invented by New York Morning Sun reporter Frank Ward O'Malley based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.[3][4]
  • cscmembercscmember Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Ha! Thanks for posting this question, Snowball. This thread just answered my question.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,139 Senior Member
    Maybe they wanted to have it earlier but the space wasn't available at the restaurant?? Dunno. I agree with wis75. I'd give the "brunch" window from 11-2, and would say the term likely refers in this case to the kind of food that will be served (mixture of breakfast and lunch type foods). I just attended a baby shower brunch. It started at 11:30. FWIW
  • MarilynMarilyn Registered User Posts: 2,867 Senior Member
    The shower is at a restaurant so I took a look at their menu; they do serve off of their brunch menu from 8:00am-4:00pm. They do also have a lunch menu, but the brunch menu is only for the weekend.

    I think this explains it pretty clearly - the restaurant calls it brunch, so the invitation calls it brunch. Maybe this will help the guests know what kind of food is being served (I always try to look up menus ahead of time). I just peeked at a few Chicagoland Easter brunch links and some of them are still calling it "brunch" through 6 pm.

    I don't think the invitation implies that you are not allowed to eat earlier in the day :) .
  • eyemamomeyemamom Registered User Posts: 4,611 Senior Member
    We call the meal between lunch and dinner dunch or linner. We have Sunday dunch if we have our big meal before 5 and didn't have lunch. I'd think we need a new name for breakfast after lunch. Id drink a bloody Mary or mimosa anytime, do I call the food I eat with it brunch?
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