The only thing better than Thanksgiving? Doing it with your close-knit friends, of course. Here, Sherry Lee of Esselle shows how to gather your squad for a savory celebration that everyone will be thankful for.
Friendsgiving is a perfect way to kick-off the giving season. Even better, host it as an open house for those who cannot travel home for the holiday. "Dedicating a party to celebrate friends is the best way to show appreciation!" Lee says. "As a host, I make the effort to engage with guests, and use the time to catch up on what everyone has been doing."
To help greet your guests (and get the party started!) a drinks station is essential. Plus, a bar cart is the perfect spot for serving small bites to nibble on, and displaying pops of autumnal décor. "When it comes to styling a bar cart I always pick a few items as the focal point first then work my way out," Lee says. "I add any floral and greenery accents last."
Floral décor always looks beautiful in the cozy colors of fall. Pictured here are Queen Anne's Lace, burgundy mums, rosemary sprigs, and a mix of maple leaves, cotton buds, and white rudbeckia. And don't worry: arranging your flowers amid party prep doesn't have to be tricky. Lee suggests buying a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and cut flowers ahead of time. Create your arrangements up to two days in advance and keep them refrigerated. Once it's party time, gussy them up in a mix of vases and vessels.
As a finishing touch, position a handwritten sign in elegant calligraphy — it lets guests know where to mingle.
A Sweet Ending
However you throw your Friendsgiving, keep in mind that what matters most is who's at your table rather than what's on it! Lee says, "Meaningful conversation and laughter is what truly makes a party."