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How to Host A Healthy Friendsgiving Brunch


This post is sponsored by Pier 1. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Something Pretty!

This Thanksgiving is going to be a bit different than years past–Dave and I are staying home for the first time ever. Since we’re anticipating being a little sad about not being with our families, we knew we wanted to plan a party…but I wasn’t feeling quite up to the task of hosting a whole Thanksgiving dinner. A few months ago, we came up with our solution: a “Friendsgiving” brunch for our friends to attend before their family dinners, complete with healthy breakfast dishes and the opportunity to watch the Macy’s parade from the comfort of our living room!

I use the simple white china we registered for all the time when entertaining, but for such an important holiday, I wanted to do something a little different with our tablescape (while also keeping to a budget). That’s why I was so excited to collaborate with Pier 1 on this post–they have so many fun, affordable items in all different styles, and there was plenty to choose from when I set out to combine my classic aesthetic with a touch of seasonal spice :)

The Magnolia Ceramic Dinner Plates were the first item I fell in love with–I think they’re an unexpected, but perfectly appropriate choice for fall, especially when combined with gorgeous hammered copper flatware and smoke blue hemstitch napkins. As the finishing touch, I placed a metallic pumpkin at each place setting, which I moved to my mantel after the party. Gotta love decor that can be used in multiple ways!

I don’t usually do such large centerpieces, but I loved the statement this one made. For a larger party, this pitcher would be perfect for a buffet table arrangement!

Our friends Stephanie and David (plus their son/Charlie’s BFF, Jackson) came over to help me test-drive some recipes. Since they’re doing Whole30 with Dave and me right now, coming up with a festive, holiday brunch-worthy menu was not the easiest task! I ended up making Sausage Hash Brown Egg Bake in muffin form (way cuter!), roasted red potatoes with garlic and parsley, and fruit salad with blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate seeds. And see those cute scalloped serving trays? They’re actually from a 3-tiered serving stand! The full stand didn’t fit on our small table, so I repurposed each level as a tray. It worked out perfectly and I thought they looked so cute on their own.

By the way, for our non-Whole30 menu on Thanksgiving, I’m planning to add a yogurt parfait bar featuring pumpkin spice granola (I’ve made this recipe before and it is so good!), my favorite healthy muffins, and maybe a pumpkin roll–it’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats!

We had so much fun, and I can’t wait to bring these pieces out again on Thanksgiving! If you’re hosting a Friendsgiving this year, don’t miss Pier 1’s Harvest collection when you’re searching for seasonal tableware or decor. All of the products I mentioned are available online at pier1.com, as well as your local Pier 1 Imports store location!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? I’d love to hear!






  1. This is such a fun idea! Our family’s biggest Thanksgiving meal has actually become brunch over the years.. we do brunch at Ben’s granny’s house, and then in the evening we host a low key Thanksgiving dinner! I’ll be stealing recipes from this to take to brunch.. it’s good old Southern home cooking so a healthier dish would be a refreshing treat haha

    • Lisa says:

      That sounds wonderful! Do y’all do Thanksgiving foods for brunch, or save that for the evening? I always love reading about your sweet Thanksgiving celebrations!

  2. Dana says:

    Was Charlie taking the pictures? Those plates are soo cute! I want them! Wish I could come to your healthy brunch!

  3. […] Christmas parade over the weekend. Dave and I are justifying it because we’re not doing a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year, so looking ahead to Christmas makes us feel a little better about not going to either […]


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