I’m all about that baste. Looking for the best Thanksgiving brunch ideas? You’ve come to the right place. This year, we celebrated our 8th annual Friendsgiving. This relatively new holiday lets you share a delicious meal with friends in addition to a Thanksgiving feast. We usually celebrate the weekend before Thanksgiving, but you can also celebrate the week after or even on Thanksgiving Day. This year, instead of a typical Friendsgiving dinner, we opted for a Brunchgiving. Yes, that’s right- all of your favorite Thanksgiving flavors in brunch form. We are excited to share best Thanksgiving brunch ideas with you.
How to Select a Friendsgiving Theme ?
Thanks a brunch. Since we do a traditional Thanksgiving with our family, we add a twist to our Friendsgiving menus. This year, we hosted a Brunchgiving. In the past, we hosted:
- Pumpkin Friendsgiving
- Bee/Honey Friendsgiving
- Squash Friendsgiving
- Orange Ingredient Friendsgiving
- Friendsgiving with Wine Pairings
- Modern Friendsgiving
- Traditional Friendsgiving
Thanksgiving Brunch Ideas: How to Decorate a Brunchgiving Tablescape?
Baste. Thanksgiving. Ever. Our beautiful Brunchgiving tablescape featured shades of orange, sage and white. We created a backdrop with Brunchgiving gold letter balloons and orange and white drapes. We dressed the table with botanical pumpkin linens, serving bowls and serving dishes.
Activate feast mode. We wanted to keep it causal. Our buffet setup included pumpkin plates, botanical pumpkin napkins tucked inside gold napkin rings, gold silverware, and champagne flutes.
A night to November. The centerpiece included two floral arrangements with white lilies and carnations as well as orange ranunculus and Pyracantha.
We also added an orange and seafoam mini pumpkin, gold lanterns and chocolate turkeys.
Thanksgiving Brunch Ideas: What Wine to Serve?
Turkey, wine and feeling fine. We served champagne, chardonnay and pinot noir. We spruced up the wine with turkey and pumpkin wine toppers.
Thanksgiving Brunch Ideas: What Food to Serve?
Oh my gourd. The butter board trend is going viral on social media. We tweaked the butter board by creating an autumn butternut squash version. Instead of displaying on a cutting board, we served this dip in our beige pumpkin side dish. This roasted butternut squash with goat cheese and chicken broth was topped with pomegranate seeds, pecans and hot honey. We served this fall app with french bread and crackers.
Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about. This pumpkin pasta with pumpkin sauce was quite tasty and very easy to make. We bought pumpkin pasta from Whole Foods. Then we bought a pumpkin sauce from Trader Joes. Next up you need to alter the sauce. Start by sautéing onions in butter. Then add fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme, crushed red pepper). Then add chicken broth and the sauce. Cook for about 10 minutes and then you will have a delicious sauce. Top the pasta with parmesan.
Your shrimply the best. We also served shrimp cocktail.
You cran do it. For dessert, our friends brought this cranberry meringue pie. This pie was almost to beautiful to eat.
Life is what you bake it. Another friend brought mini cupcakes. We are huge fans of mini cupcakes. Sometimes all you want is a bite of sweetness. Other times, you want to try all the varieties.
We had a fantastic time at our first Brunchgiving. The food, wine and decor were are spectacular. Pin this post for next year and this year, consider upcoming holidays in brunch form: Hanukkah Brunch, Brunchmas or New Year’s Day Brunch.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.Amy Grant
- 1 large butternut squash
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup crushed candied walnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tbsp hot honey
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Brush squash with olive oil. Place squash flesh side down onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes
- Add squash and goat cheese to a food process and blend until smooth
- Spread the mixture onto a board and top with parsley, nuts, pomegranate seeds and hot honey
- Serve with bread and crackers
Everything looks amazing! The food looks so good. I would love to do something like this.
I love the bright orange and allows and all the little details in your celebration!
What a feast!
You really are an inspiration for party ideas. The food looks fantastic and I am sure you and your friends had a great time.
Everything is perfect looking with this set up. I Leoove the way you saved the foods in the beautiful bowls and such and this balloons make it really fun Perfect!
That butter board looks fantastic! I love all of the decorations too. I want to recreate this now!