As you know, I have a sweet love and appreciation for Thanksgiving- a time that is strictly about family and friends, traditions, togetherness, and of course, the star of the show… food.
On Thursday, a big group of my family and friends will be coming together share our Thanksgiving meal. But I wanted to carve out some time with my nearest and dearest girlfriends before the big day to share a meal, and give thanks for the deep friendships and bonds we have formed through the years.
This year I decided to host a little “Thankful for my chicas” potluck brunch complete with good food, mimosas, time to catch up on each other’s lives and a little something special to take home at the end.
I typically will host an event potluck style. Not only does it make my life easier (after all, hosting can be a lot of work!), but I also get to try my friend’s recipes, which is alway fun since I have so many talented foodie friends! We had SO many wonderful things to eat at this gathering! From pasta salads, pastries and breakfast souffles, to a fresh fruit salad, grilled chicken and tiramisu- this was truly a friendsgiving feast!
I made simple croissant tea sandwiches that turned out delicious! They were SO easy to make and can be the perfect addition to a pre or post Thanksgiving day brunch. The recipe can be found at the end of the post.
I also created little snack bags to send each chica home with once brunch was over.
Each bag was filled with treats and goodies- each having their own special significance- and I attached the poem below to the back of each baggie.
Every day I thank my lucky stars for the amazing friends that I have in my life. I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to call my best friends, and I am so grateful to have crossed paths with each and every one!
- 12 mini croissants
- 1/2lb thinly sliced smoked turkey
- 8oz Rodelle garlic and herb spreadable cheese
- 2 cups baby greens (I used Organic girl baby kale)
- 1 honeycrisp apple
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves
- Thinly slice the apple and set aside.
- Using a serrated knife, slice each croissant open just enough to fill with ingredients, not all the way through.
- Spread both sides of the inside of the croissant with Rodelle cheese.
- Lay apple slice and 2 folded slices of turkey in the croissant.
- Top spread a small amount of apricot preserves on the turkey, and then top with a few fresh greens.
- Serve cool or at room temperature.