Friendsgiving

 This year I decided to kick off the holiday season by hosting a Friendsgiving. I wanted to put something together for my girlfriends to show them just how thankful I am for them and our friendships!

We moved to North Carolina eight years ago and in those eight years I have established some pretty amazing friendships with some pretty amazing women!

With having no family here I am so grateful to have such a loyal group of women in my life. Our friendships mean so much to me, they are fierce lady friendships!

You know the kind where you aggressively believe in one another and lift one another up! Friendships that for sure call for a get together around a table to celebrate gratitude and gratefulness for one another!

I wanted to do a plated traditional thanksgiving dinner on a smaller scale and a beautiful table setting! I wanted to share with y’all the dishes I served and how I brought to life our friendsgiving table which included fresh herbs, greenery and veggies from the garden!

Our Table:

 So I went to the target dollar spot to get inspiration for the theme for our table! They had adorable copper, gold and wood fall decor that I loved so I ran with it! The rose gold chargers under our plates, copper gold candles, wooden ornaments, festive clothes pins, wine toppers, little white pumpkins, craft paper (table runner) and the silver and copper flower vase were all items purchased in the target dollar spot! Below is a link to shop Targets dollar spot! They have adorable holiday decor!

Target’s Dollar Spot

Other things I did to spice up our table. I re-purposed small pumpkins from my porch and sprayed them with gold spray paint. I took moscow mule cups I already had and tucked cabbage leaves from the garden inside and topped them with the gold pumpkin.

For the greenery I used lavender from the garden, babies-breath, eucalyptuses leafs, dried wheat stalks, cattails and tucked pheasant feathers in the arrangement to give it an even more fall/ thanksgiving feel. I also placed the greenery on the table runner. I added gold antlers and pine-cones to finish up the look!

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Gifts for the Girls:

I knew I wanted to personalize something for them to take home. Target dollar spot had these adorable wooden fall shaped ornaments so I stenciled their first initial on them and painted them white for their place setting card. I thought an ornament was an appropriate gift with Christmas right around the corner!

I also wanted to give them each a little note telling them how much I appreciate them and our friendship. I took little craft paper envelopes and hand stamped them.

I placed little printables in each of them and attached them to their table napkin with festive clothes pins and a sage leaf from the garden. Below is the link to the free thanksgiving printable I found from the blog She Wears Many Hats!

Free Thanksgiving Printable

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The candles which where a pumpkin – vanilla scent helped to set the mood but also were a cute little additional gift to send home with them.

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I also made them each an apple cider bread loaf to take home. I wrapped each loaf, tied off with twine and added additional greenery and cinnamon sticks. Below is the link to the recipe for this scrumptious loafs that I found at Crazy About Crust!

Apple-Cider Pound Cake Loafs

On a side note…. I totally spelled THANKS wrong and didn’t even notice it until going threw my pictures the next morning! haha

Menu:

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Cider Thyme Soup 

Brussel Sprout Salad

Corn Bread Casserole

Muffin Pan Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Stacks

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Sausage & Stuffing Balls

Roasted Cornish Hens

Mini Green Bean Casserole Cups

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Apple Crisp

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Well there you have it! I really enjoyed our time around the table with the girls last night! I loved how the decor and food turned out but I loved my company even more! I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

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Thankful for each and everyone of them! Cheers to Friendship and Happy Thanksgiving!

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