‘Tis the season to indulge. When the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change, your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that requires a cozy fix. Now is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a warm drink and a filling dish—especially when it comes to brunch.
Since there is a slight chill in the air—and you can’t seem to part ways with your warm blankets—you might not be as inclined to wait on that long line for an order of pancakes. Plus, leggings are all-too inviting when you’re about to stuff your face. So what better way to celebrate your favorite season and favorite meal than with an at-home brunch?
Here are a few tips for your mid-morning get-together that celebrate all things autumn. Happy munching.
Channel the season at the table.
Food is simply one way to celebrate a fall state of mind. Fun décor options also provide the opportunity to show your love for the season. Who wouldn’t want to steal a scoop of sugar from this pumpkin dish? Your French toast can look just as lovely as it tastes when you snag a set of plates with warm hues and multicolored leaves. Presentation goes a long way in the brunch department.
Don’t forget to accessorize.
A jack-o-lantern adds the perfect creepy and kooky fall touch to your weekend get-together. After you unleash your inner Edward Scissorhands and carve a funky face, use the leftovers to whip up a batch of pumpkin bread. The recipe calls for pumpkin puree, and nothing beats homemade ingredients.
Keep your place smelling fresh.
After you’re done preparing in the kitchen, keep the sweet aroma alive with some scented candles. If you’re looking for an alternative to cinnamon or pumpkin (as delightful as they both are) try something cozy like this mulled cider-scented candle or a hot cocoa and cream option—both of which might inspire some of your menu items.
Get inventive with your dishes.
If you’re falling in love, don’t be afraid to show it, especially when it comes to the treats you’re preparing. Buttermilk pancakes are certainly delicious, but you can enjoy those anytime. Pay homage to sweater weather with options like cornbread pancakes with maple-pecan syrup—a fun take on the brunch staple. Up the ante with other seasonal offerings such as pumpkin spice pecan streusel muffins, apple cider doughnuts, caramel apple cinnamon breakfast casseroles, brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts, or omelets with bacon, apple, and blue cheese. You and your guests definitely won’t leave hungry after those options.
Have fun with the drink options.
Whether you’d like your morning cup of Joe to taste like fall in a mug thanks to pumpkin spice coffee, or if you’re looking for a boozy alternative to a mimosa with a pitcher of cranberry-apple shrub, there are plenty of fall drink options that will satisfy the pickiest of brunch-goers.
Don’t forget to prepare ahead.
Any type of gathering creates a lot of work—both before and after the actual event. Prepare as early as possible and don’t wait to set the table or make your famous dish. Put an autumn spin on your prep and cleanup by listening to fun tunes, a spooky podcast, or while watching one of your favorite horror movies. After all: Loading the dishwasher isn’t as frightening as dealing with a haunted house, right?
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