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How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

November 10, 2016

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

For the last couple of years, I’ve always celebrated Friendsgiving with close friends. I was always in charge of making the Thanksgiving turkey. This year, I’m hosting a Friendsgiving brunch because who doesn’t love brunch and the friends can come over in their pajamas!

Target has always been my go-to for entertaining and home decor so I was so excited to partner up with Target to share with you how to host a Friendsgiving brunch with my current favorites.

 

HOW TO HOST A FRIENDSGIVING BRUNCH

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

1. STYLE THE TABLESCAPE

I knew I wanted the food to shine for my Friendsgiving so I picked a neutral color palette for a minimalistic look with natural accents. Start by laying down a table runner like the Threshold™ Natural Ramie Table Runner to visually anchor your table. Live greenery like fresh garland from Gracious Garlands, eucalyptus branches, and white mini pumpkins create an earthy feel and smell incredible. The gold flatware and customized name tags with handwritten calligraphy by Mint & Maple add a special touch.

 

cheese-board

2. FEATURE A SPOTLIGHT DISH

Everyone loves a cheese board and I wanted it to be the star of the brunch. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop curated an incredible cheese and charcuterie board featuring Madurat (goat milk), Quadrello di Bufala (water buffalo milk), Marieke Gouda (cow milk), Fiore Sardo (sheep milk), Little Boy Blue (sheep milk), prosciutto americano, coppa, speck americano, and finocchiona. This round wooden platter was perfect to display the cheese and charcuterie!

 

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

baked-apples

3. CREATE THE BRUNCH MENU

Create your menu ahead of the time so you can prepare your shopping list. Target has everything you need to create Thanksgiving main entree, sides, and desserts. Need inspiration? Check out the Target Test Kitchen Recipes! Here’s my brunch menu:

Apple Sausage Breakfast Hash
Pumpkin Waffles
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Baked Apples
Archer Farms Apple Fritter Quick Bread Mix

 

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Apple Sausage Breakfast Hash

Recipe from Target Test Kitchen

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, about 8 ounces each, peeled and 1/4-inch diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package Simply Balanced Sweet Apple or Spinach Garlic Chicken Sausage, diced
  • Salt and pepper, if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. Add sweet potatoes, bell pepper and onion. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add chicken sausage. Cook 2 minutes until potatoes are golden and sausage is heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Tip: Substitute round red or yellow potatoes if desired.

 

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

3. SET UP A SERVING STATION

Have a small space? Don’t worry, so do I! Hosting Friendsgiving brunch with a small space doesn’t need to be daunting. I set up my dining table as a self-serving station so guests can load up on their plates, and then hang out and eat in the living room.

 

DIY-waffles

4. ADD AN DIY ELEMENT

Brunch is always more fun when your guests can make their food together. I picked up this Belgium waffle maker at Target for only $20 – super easy to use and everyone loved having hot pumpkin waffles. I set up a waffle station on my kitchen cart with toppings like Archer Farms 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Archer Farms Roasted, Salted Pepitas, Archer Farms Cinnamon Glazed Pecans, and fresh strawberries.

 

bar-cart

5. SERVE A SIGNATURE DRINK

Love this double shelved marble bar cart – pour yourself a cocktail on the top shelf and don’t forget to take a monogrammed coffee mug home on the bottom shelf! Cranberry Champagne Cocktails are fun and festive for the season! Pour cranberry juice (or cranberry vodka) into a chilled glass and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary, and place over marble & wood coasters.

 

How To Host a Friendsgiving Brunch

apple-cinnamon-cake

6. CREATE A COZY ATMOSPHERE

We just started getting cooler weather in Austin so I wanted to have a relaxing and comfortable Friendsgiving. The invitations noted to come dressed in your favorite pajamas. How cute are Natalie’s flannel pjs?? She got them from Target!

Pumpkin spice candles placed inside these Birch Bark Pillar Candle Holders really help set the mood in the house. I added this cozy fur throw and set up a dessert stand on this gold metal hexagon end table.

 

bar-cart

7. SURPRISE YOUR GUESTS WITH A TAKE HOME GIFT

Everyone went home with a mini white pumpkin with their personalized name tag and a monogrammed coffee mug!

 

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Taste of Koko!

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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