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Thanksgiving Potluck with Friends

thanksgiving table

This week’s holiday came a bit early for us yesterday as we shared what we lovingly refer to as “Friendsgiving”, a Thanksgiving celebration with our closest friends.  I’m moving a bit slow this morning after hours spent cheers-ing, playing games, and carrying on over loads of food.  I stuck to a ‘gilded nature’ look by mixing lots of gold with natural elements.  I spray painted some leaves and branches in my favorite gold, I mixed sparkly gold mini-pencils with DIY kraft notebooks for the name cards and the favors (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) and layered together wood serving dishes with gold and white ones.

It worked well with each person contributing a side dish or dessert, because I was able to spend time putting decorative touches on things and less time in the kitchen.  We did make the roasted turkey while our friend, Eric, fried one. We had a bar set up with two signature cocktails – both from Snippet and Ink – the  Pear Rum Blush and The Ginger Bourbon Fizz.  They were so good!

Thanksgiving name cards

thanksgiving place card

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Thanksgiving cocktails

thanksgiving table decorating ideas

Friendsgiving is always done in potluck style which can seem wonderful, but can also be difficult to manage if you’re not prepared.  I set out a table full of trivets, breadboards, and cake stands so that everyone’s dish could have a home at the table, the differing heights of the stands helps more to squeeze in than what could sit on the table otherwise.  The vintage breadboards that I use as trivets, provide a bit of elevation for hot dishes.

thanksgiving table setting

We had the stocked bar with our two signature drinks already mixed into carafes so guests didn’t have to play mixologist.  Confetti gold tumblers and birch straws were a fun mixture of the gilded and the natural.

There are a ton of fun ideas here to use not only in your Thanksgiving this week, but possibly a friends giving in the future?  What do you say?

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5 Comments on “Thanksgiving Potluck with Friends”

  1. Jessica November 25, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love your table and everything on it. The favors are precious and a beautiful touch! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Liz {What Dress Code?} November 25, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I’m completely smitten with Friendsgiving — the potluck aspect makes it such a great way to take out some of the stress… and everyone brings something tasty to the table, paired with wine and football = perfect day!

  3. Angel Y. November 25, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    What a lovely Thanksgiving setup! Friendsgiving is amazing. I adore your Give Thanks banner. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. M. November 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Those birch straws are fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a cool find. ~M.

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