Friendsgiving 2018

Pumpkin everything, home cooked meals, cooler weather (even if here in FL- cool air is questionable), and spending time with family and friends are what makes this time of year my favorite! One of the things that my husband and I have really enjoyed since getting married in March is hosting our friends and family over as much as possible so I decided that it would be fun to host our very own Friendsgiving. With the help of Pinterest and my super talented support team (my mom and sis), the ultimate Friendsgiving planning was underway!
First, I made our festive evite and sent to all of our Friends. In the invitation, I included that everyone bring a dish to share. This definitely helped alleviate having all of the pressure on us and allowed everything to be more fun rather than stressing with the never ending list of preparation. Plus, it was great getting to taste test everyone’s delicious recipes.
The next priority at the top of my list was to figure out our seating arrangements. We knew we did not have enough room in our house so we decided we would take full advantage of the great weather by setting up tables in our yard. Although, they were just outdoor sets- I knew I could find a way to make them elegant and Friendsgiving worthy! My mix-match assortment of candle sticks, mixed in with dried vines from my mom’s chicken coop, pine cones from around the yard, and essentials from Amazon made the perfect table setting as fabulous as the people I would be sharing it with. 
Before, I would be sharing an amazing meal with our friends at our newly elevated outdoor furniture. I knew that good appetizers, places to hang out, and yard games like cornhole were a must! Costco helped me get plenty of appetizers to snack on. We barely had any appetizers left- it was all delicious and irresistible!
Our island of appetizers was transformed with Kraft paper, our show off worthy cutting boards from Zola, and most importantly our delectable treats from Costco
 My advice in elevating any drink area is to offer different type of drink garnishes. These different fruits really helped add more texture and colors to this area as well as adding something sweet to your drink.
As the evening came to a close- it only seemed right that our friends could take leftovers with them in our “gobbles to go” leftover boxes. After all, isn't that one of the things about we all love about Thanksgiving; all the leftovers to enjoy later.
I hope that as Thanksgiving quickly approaches you are feeling more inspired to not only pull off one hec of a holiday but also feel extra grateful to be able to spend precious time with your loved ones. It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle, especially the closer Christmas gets, but don’t forget what truly matters this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Xoxo.

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