Friday, November 4, 2016

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
In the Military community, Friendsgiving is quite popular. It's not uncommon for many Military families to not be able to go home during Thanksgiving, so the next best thing is to host a party and invite your friends which is what I did! Friendsgiving is usually a laid back affair and in today's post, I am highlighting 8 great tips to host a successful Friendsgiving.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
Make a budget and stick to it.



10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

Don't skimp on flowers. 

Write names of your guests on the underside of pumpkins and use as a placeholder.
Plan a simple menu and ask your friends to bring a meal. In fact more than likely they'll offer to do so.  It saves on time on money when you adapt a kind of potluck type menu.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
Try chicken or cornish hens instead of turkey. I opted for chicken and baked it after seasoning it with some, basil and thyme(from the garden), kosher salt, black pepper, and Jamaican jerk chicken and  letting it marinade overnight. I garnished with grapes, more basil, and lemons. It was delicious!

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
Try alternative seating if you don't have enough chairs. In this case, an ottoman was used for extra seating at the table.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
Be realistic regarding the number of friends you can accommodate

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
 Please use your fancy plates! Some say it's ok to use paper plates for Friendsgiving, but that's a big no no for me despite the fact that clean up would be more of a pain, but that's what friends are for- to help with cleaning up!

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving


10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

It's ok to not prepare everything yourself. For e.g., this cake is store bought and that is totally fine!

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

A fully stocked bar is a must for cocktails after dinner.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
I chalked the ends of those logs for the party-definitely a great ice breaker.

10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Friendsgiving
Sit back, relax,  and have a good time.  Have you ever hosted or attended a Friendsgiving? xx


Shout Outs:
Special Thanks to local florist for all the beautiful floral arrangements: wildlycultivatedflorals

Wardrobe from local Lularoe consultant and stylist: Tiffany Parsons

To Kate- you were such a blast!

Photography by the always amazing Leahartman

Tabletop styling: Stacey Blake/Design Addict Mom

6 comments :

  1. Stacey, what a wonderful idea this is!
    This post really makes me smile.
    Have a great weekend, my friend.
    xo.

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  2. Amazing photos and beautiful ladies !! Be well moms

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    1. Thank you George and thanks for your visit. xo

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  3. Fab tips! Love these photos and your gorgeous home!

    xoxox,
    CC

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