Harvest Brunch Inspiration

Every October, some friends of mine host a harvest brunch at their home. Families travel from all over the state on a Sunday morning to break bread together and catch up over hot coffee and cool fall moods. There is just something about a chill in the air that makes us all want to come together and, since this is one of my favorite fall occurrences, I thought I’d share that feeling with you today.

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Other than seeing old friends and eating until we’re stuffed the best part of the brunch is being in this particular home. Pete and Courtney, our hosts, have such a sunny, cheerful abode that welcomes us in. The table is always dressed with decorative gourds and charming mismatched tableware to set the perfect autumn scene. Actually, the photo above really reminds me of it! I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see my crafty hostess serving up the feast among DIY paint dipped silverware, so I have to mention this tutorial from the blog What Meegan Makes. It would be such a simple, but sweet, touch for a harvest brunch. Maybe a pre-brunch DIY décor party should be in the works for next year?

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Brunch, to me, is best accompanied by comfy casual attire. It is the weekend, after all, so for any Sunday morning meal you know I’m either wearing yoga pants or jeans. By the time lunch or dinner roll around you might be able to coax me into something fancier, but for anything before noon on the weekend I’m giving myself a free pass. Still, since an annual affair is special, classy boots paired with a collared shirt or a nice sweater sound like the right fit. This ensemble put together by Alma for Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. is exactly what I was aiming for at this year’s gathering. Not only do I love her look, but I am also completely inspired by Alma’s mission to dress head to toe in Goodwill finds for a month and spend only $100 doing so. What a great challenge! She wants to prove that fashion can be affordable and beneficial, too. To learn more about the 30 Day Goodwill challenge, check up on Alma’s progress here.

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Okay, back to brunch. I’m not as good a planner as Courtney is, so if I were ever to host the event myself I’d really need to simplify. Instead of adorable, elaborate centerpieces, I’d probably be safer letting the table itself be the statement! Something like this painted table DIY from Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. would be ideal. I could complete this project wayyyy ahead of time and let that be decoration enough! There are always plenty of tables at thrift stores looking for a makeover and since Goodwill sells stuff to create jobs I know the money I spend there is well spent. In fact, every 27 seconds, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill (and, if you donate to or shop at Goodwill, it’s thanks to your help, too)!

Do you have any traditions with your friends that are similar to our harvest brunch? We would love to hear about it in the comments! If you don’t, feel free to steal this fabulous idea for yourself. I really believe that one should never underestimate the powers of a good meal and good friends. Both at the same time is even better.