Entertaining at Home - Monthly Dinner Club - Friendsgiving
The holidays and winter in general are typically a great excuse to put on some cute, cozy fat pants, spend time with good people and good food and cozy up by a fire after consuming way too much delicious food and wine. This past friendsgiving dinner club was the perfect occasion for that!
I had a few people inquire about my friendsgiving tablescape so I figured the best thing to do would be a blog post on it!
This little dinner club idea came about for Halloween when Kir of Cece of PostSkriptCo and Kir of Kir2Ben and I decided to get together, paint our faces like supercreeps and watch scary movies while drinking wine and eating halloween candy (and potentially scaring children). But spookiness loves company so I HAD to invite some other girlfriends. We turned it into a pizza party and set a scary table and had a blast. You can read more about it here!
Because we ended up having WAY too much fun we decided to host another for Friendsgiving!
As for the table itself, decorating a tablescape has always been super fun for me, thus the industry I'm in, I suppose! This one was fun because I wanted something cozy, warm, inviting and still beautiful. I wanted to make it feel like a respite from a snowy wonderland and keep things neutral and textured.
I started with round textile placemats from Homegoods topped with simple off-white stoneware and a warm cocoa brown napkin. I topped each place setting with a cute little plaid fabric pumpkins from Target to keep us festive but not too halloweeny!
As for the centerpiece, I originally was going to do a couple tartan blanket scarves draped over asymetrically but the order didn't come in time! Instead I took a white runner and these fun birch trees from Restoration Hardware and created a little forest.
Because I'm blessed enough to work weddings for a living, Maya of Bee Inspired Events gave me a few leftover greenery wreaths from the wedding that weekend that I used as a base for the trees in addition to some arrangements I made with some roses, white stock and some Magnolia and arborvitae from my backyard. I studded it with some brass taper candlesticks with dove grey tapers and voila!
This time we had it a bit more planned though. Start with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, cranberry brie bites, pumpkin spice m&ms, hummus, white cheddar popcorn and other misc. items then moved onto a formal sit-down dinner in the dining room! We started off with a delicious champagne-brie soup that Janessa brought paired with chardonnay that was absolutely delightful. We then moved onto a fantastic roasted pear and pomagranate salad from our resident salad expert Amanda of Agape. We then followed up with a cajun smoked turkey and stuffing by yours truly, mashed potatoes from Brett of Brett Denfeld Photography, roasted brussels sprouts from Alex of Alex Chalkley Boudoir, Mac and Cheese from Krysta of Norman Photo & Paperie and an absolutely homemade pie from Bethanne who is of course Bethanne Arthur Photography and a pumpkin cheesecake from Cece! Of course everyone also brought wine because other than friends and being thankful it was the other theme of the night!
Then sweet Cece brought us all a friendsgiving gift that was beauty-related (Because she's beautiful and kind and sweet). They were each hand-lettered with "Thankful for you" because she's literally the best.
After dinner we settled in with a few games of Cards agains Humanity, ring pop powers and tucked into dessert (and passed around the candy bin) in front of the fire. We also ended up taking tons of pictures a la "Sisterhood of the traveling pants" to cap it all off.
Friendsgiving is all about being thankful and I am especially thankful for these incredible girls I get to call friends and colleagues!