Friendsgiving would not exist without friends, of course! My own Friendsgiving would never have come together without my fabulous co-host Katie Sands, the gorgeous blogger behind Honestly Kate. Together, we planned a fun afternoon for some amazing women while sharing our favorite things... cocktails, desserts and flower crowns!
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like planning festive tablescapes for meals with family or friends so when Katie and I first imagined this year's Friendsgiving, I immediately started planning the floral centerpiece. The fresh floral garland placed at the center of our table was made of silver dollar eucalyptus mixed with orange ilex berries, orange ranunculus and mums in fall shades. Mini pumpkins in orange and white were added to accent the seasonal centerpiece which was then completed with tapered candles placed in vintage crystal candle holders.
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When hosting any party, a comfortable yet chic outfit is key. You will want to take photos with your friends and feel put together, but have to keep all of the responsibilities of a hostess in mind when pulling your look together. For our Friendsgiving party, Katie and I both wore pieces from Trina Turk that are comfortable and easy to move in. I loved wearing this white top and black flower necklace that made a statement without being too fussy. Katie paired a cozy sweater with a bomber jacket from the brand that I am now coveting.
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Each place setting included a fresh seasonal flower crown and mini pumpkin, topped with a chic name card designed by Mot Problems. I love any excuse to set the table with my Philippe Deshoulieres wedding china and gold flatware from Herdmar which were used to serve and enjoy adorable Thanksgiving themed cupcakes from Reality Bites. Ginger juice cocktails from American Juice Company were also enjoyed in copper mugs.
Friendsgiving potluck meals are so much fun as guests can each bring their favorite dishes to share with the group. As a host, you should always make sure to have plenty of platters and serving pieces on hand. These basic and functional pieces from Sur La Table and Crate and Barrel are great!
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The flower crowns themselves mirrored the floral table runner, including silver dollar eucalyptus mixed with orange ilex berries, orange ranunculus and mums. They make a beautiful gift for each guest. And really, can you think of a better way of telling your friends how grateful you are for them?
Want more help? In the video, Martha shows how to set a formal dinner table: