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Fall Brunch Tablescape With Bed Bath & Beyond
I’ve been looking forward to this blog post since the end of July! Doesn’t it just give you all the fall feels? One of my hobbies is cooking/baking and I absolutely love when Brandon and I are able to entertain guests. Having people over, sharing a wonderful meal together filled with good conversation, and enjoying quality time with a gathering are a few of our favorite things. I think fall brings that out of us even more and we wanted to get into the autumn spirit with a few kitchen updates.
Bed Bath & Beyond is seriously our number one spot to search for budget friendly entertaining pieces. As a young couple, we started with a great base of registry items but kept things pretty simple. I didn’t think to register for something like pumpkin soup bowls or mini pumpkin place cards; however, these are items that can come with time and can easily be collected over the years of marriage.
In thinking of a theme for today’s post, I knew that I wanted to create a fall ambiance for dining. Instead of doing a traditional “Thanksgiving” meal or dinner, I opted for something a little different: a fall brunch. If you’re like us, there are endless opportunities to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We typically see Brandon’s family and mine, each for our own separate meal. Additionally, Friendsgiving dinners arrive and I love the idea of creating something different for guests and having them come over for a Saturday morning brunch. It’s leisurely, and relatively stress free because most of these items can easily be made the night before, making your prep work organized and minimal.
The Fall Brunch Menu
Pumpkin Bread: Is it really fall if you don’t bake a loaf of pumpkin bread? There are so many recipes out there and you can’t really go wrong. Add in cranberries, walnuts, or top with a maple glaze. Whatever you choose, this fall staple needs to make it onto your table.
Apple Cider Donuts: WOW! This was my first time to make these baked donuts but man, are they authentic! It felt like we got these straight from a New England apple orchard and Brandon and I inhaled several donuts in just a few minutes…Definitely worth making!!
Pumpkin Granola Parfaits: With all of the sugar, it’s important to have some options that will really sustain guests and keep them full. I used greek yogurt for these parfaits and a pumpkin granola to sprinkle on top. Drizzle with honey, add in berries, and put your own spin on this easy creation. You could even set up a “make your own” parfait station if you wanted to!
Apple Cider Mimosas: I love putting a spin on the classic mimosa drink and couldn’t resist using our leftover apple cider from the donut recipe as the basis for this beverage. Cider + champagne (and even a little sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg) makes for the perfect brunch cocktail.
*Breakfast Casserole: While I didn’t picture this in the photos, I would definitely include a hearty breakfast casserole for my guests. Our all time favorite recipe is this one (so easy and can be prepped the night before, ready to bake for the party). For a healthier option, we also love this one.
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Set of two large pumpkins: We used these glass pumpkin jars as floral centerpieces but you could also serve something in it! The rich red/orange color is gorgeous and so fitting for fall.
Set of four pumpkin soup bowls (similar here and here): I think these are just about the cutest thing in our kitchen. We eat lots of soup in the fall and winter so I know that these bowls will get their use!
Marble cake stand: This was such a surprise from our order! I didn’t really know what to expect but the quality of the marble and sturdiness of the stand makes for such an excellent piece! I currently have the cake stand sitting out with one of the glass pumpkins on top. It’s too pretty to put away in the cabinet!
White & Gold china: My mom laughed when I told her that I ordered china for this post. It’s not what you think though! This china set is actually quite affordable and dishwasher safe. I loved the simplicity of the pattern and how the gold rim would work for any season and all future holidays. Can’t you just picture it at Christmastime? I think it’s important for every couple to have a set of dishes that feels a little more formal so that you have that as an option when entertaining.
Mini pumpkin place cards: I absolutely love to set place cards out for guests. It takes away any awkwardness in a seating arrangement and adds a fun personal touch. For this buffet brunch, I simply used them as labels for the food choices so that no one has to bother you with questions about the menu.
Champagne Flutes: Doesn’t everyone need a set of champagne flutes? These weren’t a new addition for us but it’s always fun to bring out your items that aren’t in regular rotation and we felt fancy sipping on mimosas all morning long.
Juice carafe:I actually borrowed these carafes from my mom but they come in handy frequently! Serve juice, water, lemonade, or in our case, apple cider and you won’t have to worry about replenishing glasses very often.
Loaf pan:I love a fresh loaf of bread and keeping it out in a decorative, pretty loaf pan makes it even more seasonal. There are tons of fall colors currently available.
Blanket (used as tablecloth):I’m a firm believer that you can’t have too many throw blankets. Especially since we have a neutral couch, we change out the blankets frequently to vary the look and match the current season. I love the idea of using a blanket as a table cloth! We just folded it to our desired size and ironed the seams to flatten it down.
PS: Check out our last tablescape with BBB right here.