Hi Friends! The weather is finally cooling off, the sun is setting earlier, and everywhere we go I see spiderwebs and pumpkins! We're finally in the thick of Fall and I LOVE it! To celebrate all things Fall, I threw a Brunch party the last weekend of September. I thought I would share some recipes and details on the tablescape I created so you can throw your own breakfast bash!
The table decor started with an adorable runner I picked up for $10 at TJ Maxx. I love it because it doesn't scream Halloween or Thanksgiving but it has a great mix of colors. The pattern is paisley-like with a few pumpkins thrown in.
Next, I picked up an assortment of pumpkins, squashes, and apples from Trader Joe's and clustered them in the center. Originally, I had a floral arrangement but it was just too tall to be able to talk over. This brunch was all about gabbing with my girls so the lower centerpiece worked well. It also tied in well with the runner!
For the table settings, I mostly used what I had. White plates are my jam so the food really pops. I also have gold utensils which I thought tied in with the theme really well. The glassware is inherited from my grandmother and was perfect for the apple and white wine sangria my friend brought, garnished with a cinnamon stick! The napkins were a cheap buy at World Market for just $1.99 a piece. I loved the pattern play with the stripes and runner. Lastly, when I was at TJ Maxx I saw these adorable Fall-ish party crackers. They were a great icebreaker as we all went around reading off our lame jokes and set the party mood with our colorful paper crowns! :)
THE FOOD! I started the party in the kitchen with a plate full of apple cider 'doughtnuts'. These are more like muffins that are baked then dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I made a caramel sauce with reduced apple cider to mirror the flavors. You can find the recipe for the doughnuts at Sally's Baking Addiction.
Arguably, my most favorite breakfast ever is eggs benedict. I was combing through my head for ideas on how to make this Fall themed and came up with this great recipe for Southern Eggs Benedict on Sweet Potato Biscuits. The savory sausage patty with the sweet potato biscuit hits all the right notes. Not to mention, you could throw my 5 minute hollandaise recipe on a shoe and I would eat it.
I had to have something pumpkin in the mix and why not the most decadent thing I could think of? These Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing were indulgent and absolutely delicious!
One of the gals also brought a roasted squash, quinoa, goat cheese, and arugula salad. This was the perfect side to help break up the heavy mains I cooked!
To send the girls off, I decided to make Smitten Kitchen's Pepita Brittle. I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was now that I have a candy thermometer. I'll definitely be keeping this one in my repertoire for the holiday season. I packaged the brittle in little cellophane bags and tied them with gold and white striped twine.
Another TJ Maxx purchase were these small scented candles from Everyday Luxe($3 each). I made sure to grab alllll of the Fall scents like Apple Cider, Harvest Festival, and Pumpkin Spice.
Lastly, while in line at World Market, I was sucked into purchasing these mini bottles of pumpkin spice syrup. Long story short, they were on sale and I needed to hit a minimum so I could use a coupon. :) I added some brown twine to jazz them up a bit.
I hope you are able to enjoy the Fall season while it lasts! It will be December before we know it(which I also can't wait for)!
What's your favorite part of the Fall Season? Would love to read your comments below!