A Festive Friendsgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and this time of year has me feeling so grateful for all of the amazing blessings in my life.

Chief among these blessings (after health and family) are the amazing friendships I’m lucky enough to have. There is something so innately powerful in feeling like you’re a part of a community - and my community is pretty rad. As such, I wanted to take time to connect with some of the inspiring women who make up my tribe and host Friendsgiving.

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I absolutely love entertaining and getting all of the details together for social events, so I wanted to share how I styled our intimate gathering. My intent was to keep the decor minimal and botanically-focused.

The first step in prepping for the occasion was creating the invitations, which I customized online at Paperless Post. The e-vite made it clear the event was to be a potluck-style gathering, where I provided the turkey and tunes and my friends brought their favorite dish to share. Asking guests to pitch in took the pressure off on cooking, and allowed me to focus on styling and decor which was crucial since almost everyone invited was an interior designer!

As the event drew near and the guest count was finalized, I shifted focus to decor. My home is fairly minimal in aesthetic, with lots of plants throughout and layered textural naturals. Because my space is also very open I wanted to mirror these aesthetics for the decor, so nothing would feel out of place.

To begin setting the festive tone I started created an asymmetrical wreath made of fall-colored foliage for the front door. I saw one I loved that inspired this design at Native Poppy, however I wanted to create one myself with some of the flowers I used in the centerpiece I made. I got a simple grape vine wreath at Michael’s, along with some floral wire, and went to work!

I love that the end result is minimal with whimsical flourishes, and the deep purples and burnt orange hues I was able to incorporate. I also made sure to layer in good texture to make it feel full, with cotton, grasses and other botanicals. All of the elements included will dry well, so I’ll be able to keep it for next year if I want! What do you think?

Fall-colored, textural foliage comprised the asymmetrical wreath I made for the front door to set the scene as guests arrived.

Fall-colored, textural foliage comprised the asymmetrical wreath I made for the front door to set the scene as guests arrived.

Next up - setting the mood. All your our senses inform how we perceive atmosphere, so I popped on a Friendsgiving playlist and lit some mercury votives with apple cider candles, before setting the table.

For the table I wanted to keep things fairly simple, so I put a striped linen runner with a green detail down the center, and layered on a eucalyptus garland I made, as well as a centerpiece showcasing deep burgundy peonies.

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The foundation of the place settings were simple black chargers that tied into our dining chairs. I skipped a tablecloth because I love the warmth of our dining table - which was the perfect size for eight of us with the leaf added in. Over the chargers were simple natural white, handmade-look plates with white napkins and napkin rings that said, “Gather” and tied in with our light fixture.

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Once the table was all set and the platters and trays were out for the food my friends were bringing, I turned my attention to making a batch cocktail. I went with a fall-feeling one that I found the recipe for online - it was a big hit!

Then my friends came and we ate, drank and were merry!

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It was a wonderful Friendsgiving and I was so happy with how it turned out. I loved prepping and planning and then relaxing with good friends. I think the card my friend Brianna gave me as a hostess gift said it best - find your tribe, love them hard.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Find your tribe, love them hard

Hope ClarkComment