hi guys- ever hosted a fun FALL BRUNCH? Cause life is too short to pass up doing it or going to one!
My daughter and I hosted a brunch for some long time, dear, friends that were going to be in town. We had such a blast! The rainy, cold, day didn’t keep them from coming and it gave for more of a “Fall” feel than anything!
A Brunch doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. Something I’ve found over the years, is that it’s most fun to spend time with those who mean something to you. The food and preparation are just details.
We start with a theme, a cute invite and a simple menu with delicious food and drinks. Remember, it’s about the time spent with those attending! Low key and FUN!
Rule of thumb for a fun fall BRUNCH menu:
- a sweet (we did a pumpkin praline bread pudding)
- a salty (we did a sweet potato and spinach egg casserole)
- something healthy (a mixed fresh fruit salad with a poppy seed dressing)
- two cheery drink options (cranberry mimosa’s & a non-alcoholic option- apple cider mimosa)
Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding
- 1 1 pound loaf day old Bread (French or Italian) cubed 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 cup Half and Half
- 1 15- ounce can Pumpkin Puree
- 1-1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 3 T Melted Butter
- 4 Eggs
- 2 t Vanilla
- 1 T Pumpkin Pie Spice *
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 ⁄2 cup Chopped Toasted Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and place torn pieces of bread in the dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, half and half, pumpkin, sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Slowly pour the batter over the bread pieces in the baking dish. Be sure to cover all the bread pieces.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for about 1 hour.
- While the bread pudding is baking, make the praline sauce. In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together the butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and stir pecans into the cream mixture. Simmer until the sauce thickens, for about 5 minutes; pour over bread pudding to serve.
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Rule of thumb for a successful fun fall BRUNCH:
- don’t stress
- find dishes that can be done ahead of time
- invite fabulous people
- have someone take pictures (cause you won’t have time)
- make or buy some cute mementos to give as brunch favors
- Have FUN!
The favors for each guest, were personalized cotton dishtowels that included the event name and the year!
I found these flour sack dishtowels online and used my cricut to cut some personalized “fall” themed images for each guest. I even put their last name initial on each using iron-on transfer vinyl. Made for a perfect take-away momento!
Remember simple and fun! The main thing here is to spend a great time with loved ones.
Now start to planning your next brunch! So much fun and time to catch up with loved ones!
Autumn winds begin to blow
Colored leaves fall fast and slow
Whirling, twirling all around
till at last they touch the ground!