How to Host Friendsgiving with Your Best Gal Pals

November 20, 2017

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One of our favorite trends that have recently risen in popularity is the infamous Friendsgiving. As the name clearly states, it’s a combination of friendly gathering and the main components of Thanksgiving. Most things deemed “traditional” in this world are slowly becoming less and less relevant, so we’re seeing an increase in alternative customs and celebrations like this one. Friendsgiving is the perfect gathering to host if you’ve been looking for an excuse to get all your friends together, or live far from home and want to maintain the familial traditions you grew up with.

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How does one host a Friendsgiving, you ask? The answer is simple; pretty much the same way you would host a normal Thanksgiving! If you want the night to be successful, it’s important to plan in advance. You can make the night as fancy as you’d like, and in doing so we suggest sending out a formal invitation to your guests far in advance so they can mark it on their calendar. The best thing about Friendsgiving is the intentionality in relationships you’re investing in. Set the table for your closest gals, and let them feel loved and appreciated and not just a number in a large group. With a smaller group, you can relax and have the time to converse and love on each guest that attends.

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 The Decor

You might find that planning Friendsgiving can be hectic, but it’s important to have fun with it. Let your creative side shine and go all out on the decor by sticking to a theme. We decorated the table with a rustic chic theme in mind using mustard and cranberry colored napkins, leafy branches, and a shimmery table runner. Remember you do not need to spend a lot of money to put together a cute table setting. For instance, we used matching gold-rimmed plates and bowls from the Dollar Tree and paper gold plates as accents.

A floral arrangement and baby pumpkins make for the perfect centerpiece. We suggest hitting up your local farmers market or go to Trader Joe’s for inexpensive flower options. Our friend Sarah designed a colorful arrangement for us made of flowers planted, nourished, and harvested on small farms in Southern Maine by farmers with sustainable agricultural practices.

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Floral design: Watershed Floral

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 The Wine

What would a holiday gathering be without some wine? We stopped at Lewiston’s very own The Vault to pick up some delicious rosé that we enjoyed with our meal. If you live in the area, we strongly recommend checking out The Vault for their broad selection of high-quality wines and craft beers that are constantly changing. For our Friendsgiving meal, we chose a sweet rosé that the owner kindly recommended to us. 

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 The Dishes

There are some unspoken Friendsgiving “rules” that you’re more than welcome to stick to (ie. the host makes the turkey and nothing else), but which we divested from. Instead of organizing it like a potluck, which we also suggest if you plan on inviting a large group of guests, we sought out the ingredients and decided to cook together. In light of the wellness movement, we stuck to a few simple, and meat-free recipes to satiate all our Thanksgiving cravings. 

The menu

-Quinoa & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

-Butternut Squash Soup

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We also suggest embracing the Thanksgiving spirit by thanking your friends for being them and for their constant love and support. The holidays are a great time to make your loved ones feel appreciated and cared for. While enjoying your meal (& glasses of wine) go around sharing stories of what you are all most grateful for this past year. This can be a great time for deep reflection and a shared sense of community.

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 The Games

Use this time to let loose and really bond with your guests. After all, you spent all this time planning a get together for a reason so make it a night to remember. A personal favorite of ours is Cards Against Humanity, which is similar to Apples to Apples but a little more risqué. If drinking games are more your group’s thinking, make it a crazy night with a game of Kings or Cheers Governor. For a more chilled out crowd, put on a classic Christmas movie to get into the holiday spirit.

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Cheers!

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Photography by Centered Images


Special thanks to Watershed Floral and The Vault for collaborating on this post


LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

& Annabelle

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