Friendsgiving Brunch Ideas

Friendsgiving Brunch Ideas

We are officially in the holiday season. This is my favorite time of year because of all the opportunities to get together with friends and family. I think a Friendsgiving Brunch is the perfect gathering to kick off the season. Today I’m giving you tons of ideas and tips for throwing a great friendsgiving brunch.

What is friendsgiving?

Since Thanksgiving is typically when we get together with family, friendsgiving is when you get your friends together and enjoy a great meal. I tend to think of friends giving as the less formal prequel to the big day. People typically do a pot lock style dinner where they often serve traditional Thanksgiving food. However, since brunch is my favorite meal of the day I thought it would be fun to put a spin on friendsgiving by doing brunch.

The decor

You know I live for a good tablescape. You can get some ideas here and here for how to set a beautiful table. This is a good time to pull out your Fall decor and snag some of those post Halloween items that have gone on sale.

Friendsgiving brunch ideas

Menu Ideas

1. Create a grazing board

I’m currently obsessed with grazing boards. I like the idea of putting out snacks for your guest and presenting them in this unorganized, yet beautiful way. This would be a good way to set out snacks and appetizers.

  • Brunch foods like mini bagels and different flavored cream cheeses
  • Cheese and assorted crackers and fruits
  • Sliced sweet breads or mini muffins like pumpkin and banana with flavored whipped butter.
  • Assorted mini doughnuts and doughnut holes

2. Do it yourself breakfast Bar

Setting up different food bars are a good way to allow your guest to customize their meal and allows the host relax because you set everything out and guest help themselves. Some fun brunch food bar ideas are:

  • Grits bar – make a pot of plain grits and include toppings like shrimp, cheese, chives, butter, bacon pieces. You can even put sugar and cinnamon out for those weirdos that like sweet grits (hahaha).
  • French toast/pancake/waffle bar – make french toast, pancakes, or waffles and put out toppings like different berries, whipped cinnamon butter, cooked apples, maple syrup, and whipped cream.
  • Oatmeal bar – similar to the grits bar, make a pot of plain oatmeal and set out toppings like, dried fruit, berries, apple cubes, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  • Toast bar – Put out different breads, like sour dough, raisin, and brioche. Set-up bowls of different spreads such as, mashed avocado, Nutella, and egg salad.
friends giving brunch ideas
 friends giving brunch ideas
brunch ideas

Drink Station

Setting up different drink stations is another way to allow your guests to help themselves and take the pressure off of the host, to keep refilling glasses.

  • Water station – Regardless of what types of drinks you create, you must have water available for your guests. Fill a pitcher or drink dispenser with orange slices, fresh cranberries, and/or fresh mint to create a festive water station.
  • Hot Chocolate or coffee
  • Apple Cider
  • Mimosa or Bloody Mary Bar – You can’t have brunch without booze!
friends giving brunch ideas

You’ll be eating more than enough turkey and sides for the rest of the year, so why not switch things up with a friends giving brunch.


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