Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009


We are hosting our first holiday.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to host a great party. PhillyBoy and I do not have the perfect home or the perfect setup yet, but we are doing it anyway and are more than thrilled. The Thanksgiving parade in Philadelphia is just a short walk from our place, so we plan on watching it that morning (with some hot cocoa of course) and then having the family over for brunch. The family includes my dad who will be visiting from Rhode Island! Our planned menu is nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving menu, but it will still be special and fun. The traditional meal will come later in the day when we go over to our aunt’s house for dinner.

But what about the table? I still haven’t made my final decision, but I did buy the Crate & Barrel Eitenne runner in rust. I plan on expanding the table so everyone can sit together (it has a leaf) and putting a simple pale gold tablecloth on the table with the runner. To me food is the perfect centerpiece, so I will probably use the prettiest dish as the centerpiece. If not, I can always fall back on the pretty silver bowl filled with mini pumpkins that is currently sitting on the table:



Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009:

Egg white veggie frittata muffins

Roasted potato medley

Za’atar bread & whole wheat French baguette

Roasted asparagus with lemon zest

Arugula with pomegranate, walnuts, and goat’s milk feta in a balsamic honey dressing

Crispy bacon

Greek yogurt bar w/ berries, honey, walnuts, raisins, & granola

Pumpkin bread

Freshly squeezed orange juice

Coffee & tea service


18 responses to “Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009

  1. I think your Thanksgiving brunch sounds delightful! Plus the runner is beautiful, the parade sounds like a blast, and you will be entertaining in YOUR home with YOUR love! So exciting. πŸ™‚

    I really wish my in laws would do something like this…but half of them don’t even get to Alabama until Thanksgiving morning, so they do one huge Thanksgiving lunch and shortly after there’s another huge Thanksgiving dinner. Can’t handle it!

  2. Where’s my invite? lol, jk…but seriously, everything sounds amazing…and I love that you include ww baguette and pumpkin bread, and a do-it-yourself greek yogurt bar!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful brunch! It is definitely all about the people, not perfection.

  4. We are recently married and in a new home too – with not the perfect set up either. We will probably host a holiday as well…I’m so excited!!

  5. Nice menu! I adore that za’atar spice blend that you sent me. It’s awesome πŸ™‚

    Also I love your photos. And that’s great that you get to host Thanksgiving brunch! I’m sure it will be a super tasty affair.

  6. That menu sounds amazing! Seriously, all my favorite foods – have fun!

  7. What a lovely brunch! I wish you’d come cater a meal here πŸ˜€

  8. Sounds like its going to be an awesome brunch!! Honestly, take tons of pics.

    Our place is far from perfect.. its who you are with that matters! πŸ™‚

  9. Yea, I think that is a fabulous Thanksgiving Brunch Menu: Good Luck, I’m sure it will turn out nicely.

  10. Sounds delish! Wish I lived in a bigger space so I could do “real” entertaining…

  11. Your menu sounds fantastic! I agree that you don’t have to have the perfect space to have a perfect holiday. It’s about spending time with the people that you love.

  12. Your menu looks fantastic- as always! I LOVE the table runner you picked!

  13. I might have to steal this brunch menu. I am hosting my family this year for the first time for a holiday. I have hosted my in laws for Christmas before and that was no big deal. Hosting my own mother on the other hand is TERRIFYING!

    Happiness Awaits

  14. We used to have great bruches in college all the time. It was no big deal.

  15. Sounds delicious! I love brunches.

  16. that menu sounds awesomee!

  17. You reminded me that I still have those spices you sent me months ago! I only used it once so far.

  18. Im thinking that Philly is NOT a long drive, and with my dark hair i could just blend in as a random family member.. lol

    it sounds like its going to be an awesome time! have fun!!

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