It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner! With Thanksgiving almost a month away, it’s time to start thinking about how you plan on spending the holidays! For us, holidays tend to be a little chaotic between trying to fit in time with each of our families, getting together with friends & allowing time to ourselves, too!
With all of our friends spread out across different states it can be hard to find a time to all get together, but it usually ends up being around the holidays. If you’re looking for a way to get everyone together, hosting Friendsgiving is a great way to do so! I have been to a few Friendsgiving dinners and they’re always fun, relaxing and a great way to catch up with those who are dear to you!
Today I’m excited to share our take on a Friendsgiving dinner tablescape and share a few tips in order to make your Friendsgiving a success for you and your guests! Be sure to head over to Jessica’s post about dressing for Friendsgiving & Lauren’s post complete with family recipes!
Tips & Ideas for hosting Friendsgiving
FORM A GUEST LIST & WORK OUT A DATE
Nothing says you’re thankful for your friends than having them over for a Friendsgiving celebration! Half of the struggle of planning things around the holidays is coming up with a date that works with everyone! Since the holidays tend to be busy, think about having it a few weeks before Thanksgiving! That will give everyone time to plan accordingly, perfect their dishes & it’s safe to say no one will be Turkey’d out yet!
MAKE IT A POTLUCK & PLAN THE DISHES
Having Friendsgiving potluck style takes some of the stress off of YOU (the host!) and it allows for everyone to come together over food! To make sure there aren’t doubles of certain dishes you can assign each person a category (potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, dessert, etc.) to make sure there is an even amount of each dish! Be sure to let your guests know how many people will be attending & if there are any dietary restrictions so that they can cook accordingly!
SET THE SCENE WITH DECOR & SERVEWARE
Friendsgiving is the perfect time to pull out all of your dinner and serveware! We used items from Vietri for our Friendsgiving and they worked perfectly for the overall vibe we wanted in addition to the other items for our tablescape. The brand is made in Italy and has a wide selection of styles, so they’re sure to have something that will look great no matter the aesthetic you’re looking to acheive. The Forma collection was exactly what we had in mind for our tablescape. We kept the decor relatively simple by adding “outdoor” elements like pinecones and greenery.
MAKE A FUN PLAYLIST & ALLOW FOR LOTS OF MINGLING!
Set the tone of the evening by creating a playlist for the evening! If you’re not into creating one on your own, Pandora has a great station called Hipster Cocktail Party. It has been listened to *many* times with our friends ha! Create a relaxing environment by making sure there are hors d’oeurves that people can pick up and eat while mingling with friends! And of course you can’t forget the cocktails! Make sure you have a variety of beverages (both alcoholic and non!) available!
table details | Dinner Plates, Napkins, Small Rectangular Platter, Square Baking Dish, Bud Vase, and Wine Glasses c/o Vietri
my outfit details | Long Plaid Blazer, Cashmere Sweater, Block Heels c/o Talbots
other outfit details | on Jessica:burgundy blazer, equestrian top, suede ankle boots onLauren: mockneck sweater, cognac blazer, leather & tweed booties on Madison: equestrian links top, cream cardigan, black booties.
photography: Morgan Smythe Photography & location: RT Lodge