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The holidays are such a hectic time of year. I feel like I’m so focused on work and making the season special for my family, that I sort of take the easy route with my closest friends. Not that there’s anything wrong with sending Sephora gift cards or Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to your BFFs – trust me, they’ll totally dig it.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, I really want to slow down – if only for a few hours and spend a little time with my friends. Whether it be dinner at our favorite restaurant, a cookie exchange or a festive holiday brunch, it’s important for us to spend time together during the most wonderful time of year.

chalkboardmenuI’ve teamed up with Evite to share some great tips for hosting your very own holiday brunch. From styling a simple yet beautiful table using cues from nature such as pinecones, garland and fresh fruit to creating an adorable chalkboard menu, Evite has you covered.

Delicious make-ahead dishes like Upside-Down Banana Pecan French Toast made with Sister Schubert’s rolls, Orange Cranberry Scones and Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Granola promise to keep this holiday gathering stress free.

Let’s be honest, brunch is not brunch without the beverages. Hot drinks like Holiday Wassail and Boozy Hot Chocolate are sure to warm you up in no time. I’m also a big fan of coffee bars featuring some of my favorite coffee blends and a variety of homemade creamers full of seasonal flavors like this Peppermint Mocha Creamer and Vanilla Chai Creamer. Pour the creamers into cute glass milk jugs with little festive tags and twine and you’ll have a stylish and simple way to jazz up your coffee bar.

makeaheadfrenchtoastThere’s something to be said for making things extra festive for everyone that loves you. When you’re struggling for a little bit of holiday spirit yourself, all it takes is making a beautiful party for the ones that you love to find that Kris Kringle magic. You’ll be rockin’ to Christmas carols as you set up your coffee bar, and be ready to sit down and enjoy your guests come brunch time.

For more holiday brunch inspiration including stylish invitations for every occasion, visit Evite.

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