Show your friends how grateful you are they’re in your life with a Friendsgiving brunch menu filled with simple recipes and fall flavors!
Have you ever heard of Friendsgiving?
Essentially it’s a Thanksgiving meal shared with friends.
AnnMarie and I aren’t able to travel home to spend Thanksgiving with our families who live out of state, so we often celebrate turkey day together.
So by some definitions that means our celebration is Friendsgiving.
Our kids often get together with their friends at some point during the Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate Friendsgiving.
They each bring a favorite dish to share.
We’re proposing a different kind of Friendsgiving celebration.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving with family, but still love the idea of celebrating friendship, why not plan a Friendsgiving brunch?
Brunch food is generally easy to prepare so you won’t have to spend another day in the kitchen.
You can even have each person make a dish: share the task of cooking!
Another fun idea would be to plan a progressive brunch where you enjoy each course at a different friend’s home.
Welcome to our Virtual “Dinner” Club!
We joined up with four of our blogging friends to create a virtual dinner club back at the beginning of 2021.
Each month we invite a guest host to join in our fun!
Every month is a new theme.
On the last Thursday of each month, we all share ideas for creating a tablescape for that theme. AnnMarie is the tablescape queen over here at Simply2Moms!
Then on Saturday, we each share a recipe for the theme to create an entire menu.
Think of it as a virtual progressive dinner.
We include recipes for a signature cocktail, appetizer, main dish, side dishes, and dessert.
It’s so much fun!
This month our theme is: a Friendsgiving Brunch
Did you see the gorgeous tablescape AnnMarie put together this month?
She included so many special touches!
You can see five more beautiful tables that our creative friends shared this month too.
If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.
You can read more about us and our families over here.
And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.
But that’s enough about us!
Let’s take a look at the delicious dishes we’re sharing with you so you can host an amazing Friendsgiving brunch too.
Friendsgiving Brunch Appetizers
As your friends arrive, be sure to set out some delicious light bites to start off the fun.
This baked brie featuring a cranberry fruit spread and chipotle toasted walnuts is a wonderful blend of savory, sweet, tart, creamy, and crunchy.
Serve it with assorted crackers, sliced baguettes, mini naan, thinly sliced apples, or just enjoy it on its own.
Some other tasty appetizer ideas for a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving brunch are:
Friendsgiving Brunch Cocktails
When it comes to brunch, is there anything better than mimosas?
Our friend Jen from Midwest Life & Style has a fall twist on the brunch classic with her tasty Apple Cider Mimosa.
That cinnamon sugar rim adds something extra special!
Friendsgiving Brunch Entre Ideas
Thanksgiving dinner can mean hours of prep and cooking.
Keep your Friendsgiving brunch preparation simple with these amazing Bacon and Egg Muffins from our friend Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse.
A fresh tomato salad makes them eggstra-special!
Some other simple main course recipes for Thanksgiving brunch are:
Friendsgiving Side Dishes
Choosing side dishes to serve at a brunch party can be so overwhelming!
There are so many delicious options.
You can never go wrong with some bacon, sausage, cheesy grits, or breakfast potatoes.
Or maybe consider lightly dressed mixed greens.
Our friend Cindy from County Road 407 is sharing a delicious Autumn Fruit Salad recipe.
Introducing some sweet touches to your meal really rounds out the menu!
Cindy’s salad has some special ingredients that give her fruit salad something extra special.
I always enjoy soup as part of a meal, how about you?
Our friend Stacy from Stacy Ling Blog (Bricks’n’Blooms) is sharing her tasty recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Soup.
I can’t wait to give her recipe a try because it includes one of my favorite ingredients! Can you guess what it is?
Here are some other yummy side dish recipes you may enjoy:
No meal with friends is complete without a fantastic dessert, right?
And our friend Michele’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for a fall brunch.
Make them look extra special with parchment paper linings and a special garnish.
Some other delicious dessert ideas for entertaining:
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!