Although I don’t host our family Thanksgiving, I do host a very special occasion in the week prior. We gather to eat and celebrate with all of those who we choose to be our nearest and dearest – our friends. Friendsgiving has been something this group has been doing for almost 13 years. Although one of our other friends used to host, as we’ve aged and our group has changed, I’ve begun hosting. This will be my third year with the honor.
In the past, these gatherings have always been pretty informal – sweats, football, and a bonfire all encouraged, but I have fancied it up a bit… why? Well, we get together all of the time for impromptu bonfires, patio drinking, and football watching, so I felt like this day should be a little more formal to show how much we cherish and celebrate some of our favorite people in our lives. I always dress up the table nicely like a sit down dinner party, but the food is potluck which allows everyone to contribute, something that I feel is so integral to the Thanksgiving spirit. I make a turkey the traditional way, but the men all gather earlier in the day our in our yard to fry a turkey as well. Meanwhile, I sit inside and pray that they don’t burn down our house (and the 100 acres of adjacent nature preserve).
This year, I was very inspired by the in-store display at my local Crate and Barrel store. Everything was white and worn wood with just a touch of iron or rust. It was so soothing and still very classic. I decided to do my own take on this very traditional look.
The formal invites are from Zazzle and although I designed them from Scratch (which is one of the main reasons I use Zazzle), you can also buy my design (and customize) if you’d prefer not to design your own! Mine are simple with a red fox (which we have here on our property) and a plaid back. I used the same plaid in a custom wrapping paper which I’ll use as a table runner. Lots of white serve ware and dinnerware will bring the light look to the table. I love the very traditional turkey bowl and the black rimmed stock pot and some simple wheat as table decor (can’t have too much table decor with a potluck!)
Last year I did these fun little ‘thankful’ booklets for name cards, but this year, I’ll use another natural. I’ve taken my inspiration from this walnut card holder. For a personal touch, I am going to ask all of our friends to submit their favorite quotes and have them printed on these wooden coasters! It will be a fun addition and something they can take home!
So far, I’m very happy with the initial plans. Of course, I’ll be sharing a few of the DIYs along the way, so stay tuned for more Friendsgiving goodness!