November seemed to arrive before I even had a chance to realize it. It snuck in right behind Halloween and now it’s time for holiday feasts, present shopping, and traveling during the busiest season of the year. So this year, before all of the madness ensues, I decided to host a Friendsgiving for a few of my girlfriends to kick off the holiday season. Sometimes hosting these events can be stressful and you may lose track of what the real purpose was to begin with. So today, I’m sharing 5 tips to have a stress-free, intimate Friendsgiving with your best girlfriends.
Try A New Menu
I know Thanksgiving is most largely associated with turkey dinners, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, but as a busy mom, I don’t really have time for more than one of those a year. So I thought this time, I’d try something new and host a Friendsgiving brunch. It was a huge success! It’s usually easier for moms to sneak away during the day which made finding a date easier and preparing the food for brunch was much less work and easy to prepare. I ordered some baked goods and tartines to lay out on a festive serving tray and wood cutting board that I could easily use for future gatherings. I also made my own granola parfait that looked extra lovely in this golden antler serving bowl from Pier 1.
Keep It Small
I’ve been lucky enough to make some really incredible friends since our move to NYC three years ago. However, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know a few people who I don’t normally have the chance to spend time with. I invited a few amazing women I’ve been following on Instagram for awhile and a few friends who I see occasionally but because of schedules we never really get to connect. It was the perfect time to sit down for a few hours and chat and get to really know each other. And when you keep the guest list small, you’ll be able to take your decorating and food budget a lot further.
Set The Mood
How you set the table can drastically change the mood of your entire event. My theme this year was an “Intimate & Natural Fall Festival”. I wanted to create a warm and cozy environment to compliment the bright white open space. My friend Ingrid from Tin Can Studios created the most beautiful bouquets to compliment the color palette and theme. I based my place settings around these faux maple leaf placemats. I love the color and texture they brought to the table so I knew I wanted to keep the plates and napkins a solid color. I added a fun and sparkly mosaic napkin ring to bring all the colors together.
In The Details
To create the perfect tablescape, you have to think about all of the details involved, not just the plates and napkins. I tried to find small ways to create a real sense of “hygge” by incorporating candles, festive drinkware, and these beautiful glass pumpkins. They reflected the warmest light that really made the space feel even more intimate. Pier 1 had the most amazing options that all coordinated so beautifully together and made shopping for the perfect table a total breeze.
In the day and age of getting the perfect Instagram shot, it’s hard to put down your phone and enjoy the event. So, after everyone had arrived, we all took a pretty picture of the table and then put our phones away. No one was updating to Instagram Stories the entire meal, or sharing what they were eating with their followers in real time. It was just a group of women, sitting around talking about everything from marriage and work-life balance to favorite places to shop and world politics.
But my most import tip is to just enjoy yourself! A stressed out hostess is not a fun one and you’ll completely miss the spirit of the Friendsgiving if you’re too busy in the kitchen or worried about decorating to be present in the moment with your best gal pals.
I hope these tips and ideas are helpful for celebrating Friendsgiving and putting together your own unique tablescape. Be sure to check out Pier 1 for all of your harvest holiday gathering needs!
This post was sponsored by Pier 1. All words and opinions are 100% my own.
Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny.