Who invented brunch? Does anyone know the origins? Because I’d like to dedicate a day to them. Like, the third Sunday of every April, or something.
Brunch is hands down one of my favorite things.
Hosting little parties is a favorite thing.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (it’s like the kick off holiday to the holiday season – how could it NOT be a favorite?).
Add them all together and what do you get? A Halloween Brunch and Favorite Things Exchange.
(This is a long one… stick it out.)
I sent out invitations a couple of weeks before. I’m amazed at (and guilty, too!) how early calendars fill up – so I wanted to send them out with enough time to get on calendar’s but not enough time to forget about it!
A “Favorite Things Party” is kind of like Oprah’s Favorite Thing’s Giveaway – but without the cars and deep pockets. Each guest brings 5 of 1 of their favorite things and ends up going home with five different favorite things that someone else brought.
Some of the brunch details:
Each of the food labels was just printed on regular printer paper, cut out and backed with some scrapbook paper for stiffness. I used black and white polka dotted washi tape to affix the labels to most of the food.
Mixed berries for the pancake pop-overs. (The font I used is “Jacque and Gilles” by Emily Lime.) Also served with nutella and home made whipped cream.
The full menu:
Pumpkin Muffins (walnuts, dark chocolate chips, cherries)
Witch Hat Dark Chocolate Croissants
Pancake Pop-Overs with Nutella, Whipped cream, and Mixed Berries
SO many choices! I used black plastic table cloth under some white glittered tulle as the base for the brunch table. Then a swag of orange tulle scraps and a couple of bows finished it off. I “sewed” (I use the ” ” because I really just stabbed a needle and thread in and out through the layers) the tulle through the white tulle and plastic table cloth. I knew tape wouldn’t hold on the tulle and hot glue would melt the plastic table cloth. I was also hoping that the white tulle would go unscathed (it didn’t…) and I wanted to be able to easily remove the orange tulle bows and swag.
I kept the bevvies simple: Oj, water, coffee, hot tea, and Cranberry Punch.
Cranberry Punch recipe from Heather Christo Cooks
-2 trays cranberry ice cubes – I made six giant ice cubes out of cranberry juice and cranberries in my jumbo muffin tins.
-1 bag party ice – didn’t use!
-4 cinnamon sticks
-zest of two oranges
-5 cups cranberry juice
-3 cups orange juice
-2 bottles prosecco
-2 oranges or blood oranges, sliced
** If you want a stronger spiked punch, add 1 cup dark rum or bourbon. – You KNOW I added the bourbon.
I combined the juices, zest, orange slices, bourbon and cinnamon about an hour before the party and just let them sit. At party time, I added the prosecco and ice cubes.
The cups had to get dressed up, too! The cup labels were printed on Paper Source round labels with space left for a name. The spiders were hot glued on. To do this without melting your cup, put the glue on the spider and let it cool for just a moment. If it’s cool enough to not burn you – it won’t melt the cup. It takes a little patience, but it was worth it!
Each guest was offered a little hair flair that I made. I started making these when I needed a little flair to wear for school and didn’t want to go all out-themey-teacher-sweater-chic. A fun headband? Yes, please!
Almost all of the fascinators were compatible with a clippy or a headband so it could be adjusted to the wearer’s preference.
There were ghosts, witches hats, Halloween moons with bats, and some with just flowers or ribbons and tulle with a few feathers tossed in for good measure.
All of the favorite things lined up and ready to go! What were the favorite things? Aveda products; face wash and chap stick; chia tea and shortbread cookies; red wine; stevia drops and almond butter; mini champagne and Essie nail polish; an amazing eye liner sharpener; and mini cake plates. So how does it work? Everyone brings five of the same thing in the price range that the hostess sets. As guests arrive, they write their name on five slips of paper and puts them in a bowl. When everyone has arrived, the first person (probably the hostess) explains their favorite thing and why they picked it and then draws five names. Those five people get that item!
It was like Christmas morning! And to haul all the treats home, I made sure everyone had a bag to put them their new favorites in.
Some of the other Halloween decorations I had up…
You can see little glimpses of the fascinators/hair flair!
This would be such a fun activity towards Christmas. Instead of buying individual people gifts, gather a group of friends to have a favorite things exchange. Or if several people in your set have birthdays near each other (we have lots of summer bdays!). Or for no reason at all!