Brunch is an art form that is sorely underappreciated and over-hyped at the exact same time. It’s the great unifier among friend groups that have both early birds and night owls — a gathering place where there are free-flowing mimosas, well-stocked plates of food and plenty of options, both savory and sweet.
Basically, brunch is the perfect meeting point for people who aren’t quite together enough to get up in time for breakfast and aren’t quite ready for lunch but could do with a repeat serving of eggs and toast.
During the holidays, brunch is an absolute lifesaver.
This is especially true on Friendsgiving, when people may or may not have other homes to visit (anyone remember that Thanksgiving episode of “Gilmore Girls”? If only we could all be so motivated and ready for that many feasts), or just want to take advantage of seeing friends early so they have the afternoon to go home and take a much-needed holiday nap.
If you think Friendsgiving brunch is inferior to dinner, we’re sorry to say it, but you’re wrong. Friendsgiving brunch is the best thing since sliced bread (especially if that bread is egg-battered and fried for French toast), and we’re going to prove it to you right now.
Brunch doesn’t have a set time
If your friends have to work on Thanksgiving (yuck), are hungover from pre-Thanksgiving drinks, decided to take advantage of the morning to sleep in or are either notoriously late or notoriously early to any mealtime you try to set, brunch is ideal.
It can happen anytime before matinee movies end (so, 4-ish), and it’s free-flowing enough for people to come and go as they please.
Breakfast? Lunch? Brunch is a little bit of both, and if you play your cards right, dinner foods can make an appearance, too. Why worry about the proportioning of savory and sweet when you can serve it all and not be judged for taking a bit from each dish?
Dinnertime is too dark
If you plan to take photos at your Friendsgiving, avoid the harsh glare of electric lights and host your event during the day — natural sunlight can give everyone their glowiest, happiest look.
Plus, your food photos for Pinterest and Instagram will look amazing.
Bedtime hits too fast
If any of your friends work retail, they probably have to be up before the sun to sell steeply discounted electronics or clothes to the masses who pour out of their homes for Black Friday. By hosting brunch, you save them the disappointment of having to cut out before the party gets going so they can sneak in some sleep.
Tryptophan is tricky
Even for your non-retail friends, all the tryptophan in that perfectly dressed turkey could hit them before they even make it back to their car.
If you host brunch instead of dinner, everyone can go home for a cozy afternoon nap and then indulge in leftovers when they wake up. Hanging out and eating early leaves the rest of the day up to your whims.
There’s a lot of pomp and circumstance around a holiday dinner, which can be easily avoided by forgoing the traditional dinner in favor of something more free-form: brunch. It’s impossible to mess up, people can dress however they like, and there’s no need for extravagance.