Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving? Every year since we moved to DC, I host a Friendsgiving dinner with a bunch of our closest friends, and since this was the 4th Annual Friendsgiving, I wanted to really do it up right and make it special. It’s really easy to get stressed out this time of year- the holidays are looming, the days feel stressfully short and dark, and everyone seems to be so busy, so it’s important to make time to celebrate with the ones you love. Whether you make it super fancy or you eat off of paper plates on a friend’s floor, making the time to be together is so important. And while I’ve hosted both the fancy and non-fancy-everybody-bring-a-six-pack kind of party, I wanted to mix it up and make this year’s special. I don’t know if it’s because 2017 has been a pretty dreadful year so far, but I felt like we all deserved to treat ourselves for this Friendsgiving.
Instead of renting some folding tables and pushing my sofa out of the way like I’ve done in years past, I decided to host this year’s Friendsgiving at BUREAU Studio, the fun co-working and event space where that I work out of a few days a week. It’s right around the corner from my house, there’s a kitchen, and there were already tables and chairs there- win! Here are a few things that I did and a few tips to help you plan your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner this year.
Customize your place settings.
I used my go-to gal for calligraphy, Lisa from the Blue Haystack, to create this cool and inexpensive acrylic place cards. They looked great against the black plates and everyone got to take them home at the end of the night! A great way to give friends a little memento from your time together.
Create an impact with grocery store florals.
To keep it cohesive and custom, create a color story with your floral arrangements. I started with a black base, and gathered up every black vessel that I owned. Then, I purchased every piece of greenery and floral arrangement that I could find in beautiful fall colors and mixed them together. To keep it organic and wild. get a mix of branches, leaves, and different kinds of flowers all in one vase. My favorite inexpensive way to build a fun arrangement is with eucalyptus- and it smells amazing! You can even grab some branches from outside- you’ll be surprised at what you can find right outside your door.
Keep it simple.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from hosting the past three Friendsgiving dinners is that as the hostess, it’s really easy to get stuck in the kitchen, playing bartender and carving up desserts for everyone at the end of the night. By the time you’re finished making one round of cocktails, the first person is ready for a refill and you have to start all over. Plus, after an unfortunate egg white + cocktail shaker explosion in my kitchen last year (my fault, of course), I swore that I was never doing that again. Instead, I set up a bar area with all of the supplies for guests to make-their-own Old Fashioned cocktails, and a Pie Bar for everyone to cut themselves a slice after dinner. It gives guests an activity and takes the pressure off of you as the hostess! Repeat after me: the best thing you can do as a hostess is to get guests to serve themselves.
Pro tip: have each guest bring a bottle of wine each and set them all on a table for everyone to open and enjoy throughout the night.
Have too many cocktails. Eat all of the pie. Do the dishes tomorrow.
VENDORS LIST |
VENUE : BUREAU
PLACE CARDS + BANNERS : The Blue Haystack
FLATWARE + GLASSWARE : Something Vintage
VINTAGE BAR : Something Vintage