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My favorite, semi-new tradition is Friendsgiving. Since I’m clearly a huge brunch fan, I simply had to host it as a brunch. Hosting a brunch for your friends doesn’t have to be centered around a holiday. Sure, that makes finding decorations a little fool-proof, but brunch is meant to bring friends together to enjoy great food, drinks, and company.
We’re still deep into the holiday season, so hopefully you’ll find my four tips on hosting a fabulous brunch useful!
Create a space that’s welcoming for guests. If you have a small apartment like mine, you can still make it work. Huge shout out to my boyfriend for helping me literally rearrange my entire apartment. I have a narrow hallway between my kitchen and living room, so we had to take the table apart and put it back together in my living room. No matter what your situation is, you want to create a space that has room for conversations, seating, and, of course, food. Because my apartment is so tiny, it wasn’t perfect, but it worked.
If the brunch doesn’t include mimosas and bloody Marys are you even brunching? I love giving guests options! Spend a few extra bucks to create a mimosa bar with multiple juices! If you have a bar cart, this is a perfect set up. I’ve also seen really adorable mimosa/Bloody Mary bars set up with side tables. Because I hosted this at Thanksgiving, I bought cranberry juice, apple juice, and orange juice.
It’s okay to ask people to bring what food! My friends are incredible and brought so many goodies. Bacon wrapped figs, mini brie pastries, Peace, Love & Little Donuts – paired with select beers, bacon wrapped stuffing, Brussel Sprouts, home fries, quiche, charcuterie, cookies, casseroles…the list goes on for days.
I love the burgundy, gold, and purple decorations during the fall. For Friendsgiving, I bought a black table cloth so the food was the main focus of the buffet table. Along the edges, I added fall flowers and shimmery orange and bronze leaves.
I wish I had more pictures and recipes to share, but that’s all for now! In a few days I’ll be sharing with a few of the recipes my friends used to make these delicious treats. Saturday will start my 12 Days of Brunchmas – One recipe every day! I hope you’re as excited as I am. Cheers!