The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a post from Camille Styles. In this post, she talked about how what started as a brunch with friends somehow turned into dinner. When I read that, I thought to myself, “how perfect does that sound?”. Little did I know that I’d be having a very similar experience that coming Saturday.
I’ve experienced all-day brunches, but they were, more often than not, of the “Sunday Funday” themed brunch. You know, the kind where way too many mimosas are consumed. Then there is the kind of brunch where you just get together with friends on a Saturday or Sunday. You have a couple of drinks, catch-up and then go about your day.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still very much a fan of both types of brunch.
However, combining the all-day brunch with a more relaxed vibe is now my new favorite type of brunch.
Last Saturday, my friends and I gathered for brunch. We wanted to keep things low key and not spend a lot of money. We decided to meet at one of our houses to make brunch rather than go out. The plan was to meet at 11 am, so I told my husband I’d probably be home around 2 pm. After we made and ate brunch, we all ended up on the couch, snuggled up with blankets while random movies played in the background. While we did finish 2 bottles of champagne, it wasn’t a “Sunday Funday” type of brunch. The next thing I knew we were ordering pizza at 6 pm.
In that Instagram post, Camille said: “that brunch reminded me that when an environment is created that fosters genuine, heart-to-heart connection, where everyone feels seen and accepted for who they are, MAGIC happens”. I don’t think there is a better way to put it. That is exactly why I think a brunch that effortlessly turns into dinner is something everyone needs.
3 Reasons You Need an All Day Brunch Hang
1. The Conversation Doesn’t Just Consist of Catching-Up
Maintaining friendships gets harder and harder as we all start to take different paths in life. However, making time for each other is the best thing you can do to foster your friendships. A quick get together to catch-up is great, especially when your lives are super busy. With those kinds of meet-ups though it’s hard to get a real conversation in. An all-day hang with a friend or friends is the perfect way to make sure you are conversing on a deeper level.
As we cooked our brunch and opened the champagne to make mimosas we did the typical catching-up talk. “What’s new”, “How are you”, “How are things going”…it’s always nice to be caught up with each other’s day-to-day lives. But as the day went on and we settled into our positions on the couch the conversations went from the typical small talk to real conversation. We talked about pretty much everything from how lame our number neighbors are to our sex lives.
Having the opportunity to have real conversations past the day-to-day stuff was refreshing. Giving yourself and your friends the opportunity to do this will help you to understand each other more than if you had just gone to brunch for an hour or two and will ultimately strengthen your friendships.
2. Allows Time To Really Connect
I think the best thing about our brunch and what Camille describes hers is the fact that it was unplanned. The all-day part just happened. However, even if you did plan an all-day hang with your friends, you are allowing time to connect with each other.
Most of the time when us four get together, it’s after a full day of work and we are out for dinner/drinks. Sure, it’s an opportunity to catch-up, but we aren’t getting that full connection. Hanging out on a Saturday afternoon, on the couch, without any other thing on our mind, provided the opportunity for us to really connect. We weren’t rushing to get home or thinking about something that had happened at work that day. We were just there, conversing, laughing and allowing the opportunity to really connect.
Having an all-day hang with friends allows you to ask questions, to listen to each other and as Camille stated: “creates an environment that fosters heart-to-heart connection”. And I think that is something all friendships need.
3. It Fills Your Soul
When was the last time you hung out with your girlfriends for a full day and just did nothing? You weren’t out, you weren’t distracted, or you weren’t together for a purpose? It’s not something we do very often, but when you do, it truly does fill your soul.
That Saturday, we did nothing between cooking brunch and ordering pizza. We lounged, we laughed, we had girl talk and watched some TV. Doing nothing was just what my soul needed because it’s something I don’t often allow myself to do. Having a group of friends you can just “BE with”, as my friend Tasha put it, is something special and it allows for a great opportunity to fill your soul up with something to be grateful for.
I know all day friend hangs aren’t practical for everyone, but if you get the chance do it. Or even better if you see it happening, brunch slipping into a pizza run, just go with it and enjoy it for what it is. I promise you won’t be disappointed!