Friendsgiving Brunch for a Crowd.
What’s the best part of Thanksgiving besides the stuffing? The people of course!! We should be grateful everyday of the year, but especially this time of year it’s all about gathering with friends and family, and eating yummy food that we give ourself permission to eat without feeling guilty. Well, this past weekend Greg and I had a Friends giving inspired Brunch for almost 20o people where we live! Here’s how I pulled it off!
I was able to feed all of these awesome people for under 300$. I shopped for all my goods at Walmart b/c let’s be honest… when planning a big party on a tight budget.. Walmart is the place where you get the most bang for your buck. I also saved money by using a lot of my own decor from home, which I pretty much do for any event I host. I also made a lot of my own signs and banners. So whenever you have any kind of party… look around your house and get creative. I’m sure there’s a ton of things you could end up using as props and decor. I also love the $1 section at Target. Usually everything is under $5 and they have some pretty great goodies there too.
I bought the most inexpensive champagne I could find for the mimosas. Now I did team up with a cocktail company, Mighty Swell Cocktail Co., which was amazing. My friend Will works for the company and we’ve been teaming up on a lot of fun events! You can find their sparkling cocktails in a liquor store near you! For those of you who might not have that opportunity, you could just use OJ! Everyone still loves a good old fashioned mimosa.
I made my famous Hasbrown Casserole, which was the first thing gone. You can find that recipe here! I also bought 15 pies and baked them the night before. We used stove Top stuffing, and break and bake rolls. Obviously If I was hosting a smaller more intimate Thanksgiving, I would have made everything completely from scratch. But when you are hosting a giant party, You do what you can! I did make the cheeseballs. We also baked sausage patties to go along with the biscuits.
The key to any good party is creativity, and paying attention to the details. Just have fun no matter what type of party you are planning. Also don’t forget, HAVE FUN! If you aren’t having fun, you shouldn’t do it!