Cocktails, check. Turkey, check. All of my favorite friends, check check.
You know those annoying people who just love the fall, the holidays, that chilly November weather, and all of the festive food and décor? I’m one of those people.
| Remember those DIY Wishbone ornaments? |
Thank goodness my roommates are those people too. We were so pumped to host some of our closest friends this past Sunday for Friendsgiving. Us girls gabbed over Cranberry ‘Mules, while the boys compared fantasy football teams and as Ally said Grace right before dinner, I couldn’t help but think how truly fortunate we all are for having each other.
I’m excited to share these shots from the party – I hope they bring you a little inspiration for your upcoming holiday gatherings and get you one step closer to becoming more like Martha.
1. Delegate because it’s absolutely okay to split up the work – Stacey handled the meats and desserts, Anna crafted us a beautifully hand-calligraphed table runner and I oversaw the cocktails (naturally). Each of our guests brought a side dish and the boys even loaded the dishwasher! You know what they say, when there’s team work, it’s like no work. (no one says this.)
2. Prep work is crucial. Do as much as you can in the weeks leading up to your dinner – decorate, grocery shop, even preparing dishes beforehand. Every little bit helps.
3. Ambiance matters. Light some candles, switch on lamps, plug in the tree and turn on your favorite holiday Pandora station (even if it eventually gets changed to football).
| Implemented the “tape trick” when mastering the perfect flower arrangement |
4. Break out the cloth napkins and glass drinkware. It’s totally fine to eat on paper plates and sip sweet tea from solo cups, but y’all I swear the food tastes better when you eat off of breakables. These budget-friendly stemless wine glasses are perfect for wine, water, and even cocktails and are great when hosting a crowd.
5. Personal touches go a long away. Whether it’s place cards or personalized party favors, adding those tiny details make your guests feel welcome and wanted. We chose a butcher paper table runner detailed with everyone’s names as their place card and for the dinner menu, we paid homage to the our loved ones who fed us first.
| Loved these free templates from Jenn Gietzen |
6. Prepare a toast (or read one from a book). With everyone gathered around the table, there is no better time for a heartfelt (semi-tipsy) speech. Clink, clink!
7. Take lots of pictures. The older we get, the harder it is for us all to be in one place. So anytime we are all together, we plop on the couch for a group picture – seen here, here, here and here. 😉
8. You can scrape away the burnt part and all will be well. AKA don’t stress the small (black & charred) stuff. It’s those oh-shit moments that make for the best memories, so make sure you are enjoying yourself even when things don’t go exactly as you planned.
9. Try your best at a made-from-scratch recipe. Listen, I’m all for short cuts but I think you should break out that church cookbook from 1992 when it comes to Thanksgiving. From Allison’s green bean casserole and Ally’s cream corn to Abbye’s perfectly whipped potatoes and Caroline’s cheesy mac, every single dish was completely homemade. I know one day we’re all going to have kids, mortgages and a lot less time and we’ll look back and laugh at how perfect we thought we were cooking from scratch… as we crack open a can of cream of mushroom and canned green beans without a second thought.
Hope you and yours have a bountiful Thanksgiving!