Although there is no definite answer about the origin of Friendsgiving, I think many can agree that it is one of the best festivities of the holiday season. Spending holidays with family is great, but celebrating with friends is SO much fun (and usually has a lot less pressure). This year, I am determined to make Friendsgiving one of the best memories for my friend group.
As soon as I felt the first cool autumn breeze, Friendsgiving was one of the first things in my mind. As all my hometown friends make the trip back to Pittsburgh for our short Thanksgiving breaks, it is so hard to find a time to steal each other from our families for our annual Friendsgiving dinner. So this year, we had to alter it a bit…hence Friendsgiving brunch being born!
When it comes to events like this I love taking the lead, and my best friend is the best party host I know, so together we’ve planned a Friendsgiving Brunch that will definitely make us hungry for more and dread leaving each other to return back to school. Without further ado, here is my perfect (and extensive) Friendsgiving Brunch menu.
Because honestly, how do you start any meal off without a little something to snack on? These small starters will be perfect for friends to pop in their mouths while guests are still arriving.
The best thing about grazing boards is that you can choose anything you want to be on it! You can scroll Pinterest for hours looking at different variations, but I love that this one includes different types of cheeses, produce, dips (including a Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip), crackers, and nuts.
I am not a fan of deviled eggs, but my friends will DEVOUR them. If your friends are big fans, too, these ingredients should definitely be on your grocery list.
You’ll see apples appear a lot on this list, and while I am a fan of pumpkin, apple is a criminally underrated fall flavor.
This is brunch, so you have to have a sweet breakfast option and savory lunch option, but you should never have to choose only one.
A warm pumpkin muffin can make any trouble go away. I have followed Broma Bakery on TikTok for a while, and her recipes always look tasty, so I am excited to try this one out this season!
Last fall, I tried a chicken wrap from a local restaurant that featured chicken, honey crisp apples, cheese, lettuce, and onion that was SO good, so when I saw this recipe, I knew it had to go on my Friendsgiving menu. The smoky and savory flavors of the bacon contrast with the sweetness of the honey and apple, and I know this will be a hit at any point this fall.
Arguably one of the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal, but I’ll leave that up for you to decide.
I love a delicious sweet potato hash for brunch, and these autumn flavors will definitely take your average breakfast hash up a notch.
Thyme & Joy’s Leftover Stuffing Casserole (Photo by Thyme & Joy)
Again, I’m not a huge fan of stuffing, but my friends would die for it. Every year we have a debate because why do we have to have stuffing at Friendsgiving again, but they stand their ground. So, this one is for you guys; you’re welcome.
What is brunch without bacon? Enough said.
Every Thanksgiving feast needs some sort of roll, and this honey cornbread is a sweet addition to add onto your brunch lineup.
Desserts are always the main event, if we’re being honest. This year, I decided to keep it classy and go with what I know (because you can never go wrong with anything pumpkin or pie on Thanksgiving). Many families have cherished recipes for each of these desserts, but if you are looking for a new one, these tried and true recipes have beat out others in The Pancake Princess’s bake-off blogs .
I LOVE pumpkin cookies (specifically Giant Eagle Market District’s Soft Drop Pumpkin, iykyk), but I am excited to try this recipe by Butternut Bakery. The Pancake Princess and her other tasters raved about everything regarding this cookie: its aesthetic appeal, chewy texture, crisp edges, and brown butter and cinnamon flavor wowed the tasting panel.
Crowned champion, The Pancake Princess claims this pumpkin pie has the best crust and a thick filling, perfect for those who love a cheesecake-like texture.
Flour Bakery’s tart filling and flavory crust combine to create a delicious combination that is the perfect amount of sweetness, perfect for an after-meal dessert.
Finally, something to wash it all down. 21+ or not, these drinks capture all the fall feelings.
This sweet autumn mocktail is the perfect drink to wash down this brunch feast.
For my 21+ crowd: these reviews rave about this simple recipe; it’s guaranteed to be a fan favorite.
Now, happy planning, happy cooking, and Happy Friends+Thanksgiving!