As the holidays approach we are surrounded by family and I wanted to do something special for our friends. I love to throw a party (obviously) and so this year I convinced the hubs to throw a Friendsgiving for our closest friends.
There are some tips on how to throw a fabulous party.
Decide on pieces and coloring. One thing I’ve learned along the way of styling is my brain can be all over the place when deciding on a theme. To calm my brain, I typically find a few things that I love and then build around that. For this theme, I choose silver and gold. (Mainly because my house is primary grey, white and silver.)
I found mercury glass pumpkins at Home Goods that had both colors so I built everything around those. I added some different height candle holders and candle sticks, a simpler runner, greenery and behold a beautiful setting.
2. Table Setting
Think layers for place settings. Every gorgeous setting out there has multiple layers when you look at it. Table runners, placemats, chargers, plates, napkins and decor (menus/ place cards). Can even be different prints that work well together, patterns and textures. Add personal touches like place cards. It makes guests feel welcome and directed where to sit.
With it being a Friendsgiving party, I found these plastic Wish bones on line. Spray painted them then added the glitter. They were stunning and perfect for the occasion. The pattern napkins were found at Home goods and silver placemats, plates, silverware and wine glasses were from Crate & Barrel. Those bronze water glasses were found on Joss and Main.
3. Drink station
I personally like to keep the drinks separate and have a designated area for them. I purchased this gold bar cart from Target and used it in my Airplane party and I love styling it so much I used it again. I highly recommend purchasing one if you’re the hostess of many parties. They’re convenient, small and a great thing to style differently each time.
In the carafe, I had my signature cocktail, Cinnamon Cider Cooler (which I provided the recipe for a few posts ago, you can find HERE). Wine, ice, glasses and napkins. For the Wine, I’m using a awesome linen wine bag from Kitchtowels. They have a plethora of many options to have printed. I chose the “Grateful hearts gather here” sayings. We also have the matching towel hanging off the side.
These coordinating drink napkins from Pink Poppy Party Shoppe and they were able to take my invitation design and create these stunning gold foil napkins to match.
Another personalized touch were these printable straw stirrers I designed saying, “Thankful”. Also designed a matching wine label.
4. Dessert table
One of my favorites of any party is all those yummy desserts. Knowing this was a small gathering, I didn’t want to overload the dessert table. I had mini pumpkin pies, (which I used the pumpkin pie starter from Williams-Sonoma and OMG, so good!) We had caramel apples from Sweets by Gigi. Turkey sugar cookies for the kids, (my kids wont eat pumpkin pie.. I know, they’re strange.) In addition, I made some apple crumbles and put them in tiny mugs I found at Joanns.
5. Kids table
Can’t forget about the kids table (that is as long as you have lil ones around). I found a fun table cloth that looked like wood. For the runner, I used a paper roll that is designed to be a runner which is genius and inexpensive. For a decorative chair, I purchased these very inexpensive felt cut outs and used a satin ribbon to tie them on. For the placemats, I used a stack of activity ones you can tear out. All these products I listed were from Michaels.
The melamine “Gobble” plates were Shutterfly plates. They are so perfect to add a fun touch to the kids tables. You can upload your own design/pictures or use one of theirs on the site and create your own personalized plates, I loved it!
I covered the juice boxes in cardstock and made feathers from my Silhouette machine to turn them into Turkeys.
I used Tiny Prints magnets for the “placecards” for the kids since some of the kids were too little to read, I thought using a photo of them would be a good idea. This helped them know where they needed to sit. I added a text to each photo saying, “Thankful for you” to tie them into the Thanksgiving theme. These also paired as a take home gift for everyone.
Small detailing on the utensils that I cut on the Silhouette Machine using vinyl. With having placemats that were activity ones, I needed to add some crayons to the table so I made a pilgrim hat out of a cup and then put the crayons inside.
I made some “Mayflower Munch” which was popcorn, (buy already popped to make your life easier), pretzels and m&m’s.
And lastly, I made a label for the Sparkling Apple Cider for the kids to sip on and feel a lil fancy. I added a tag line to the cider saying, “Consuming will cause lots of laughter”.
As guests left, they all took home small favors which were Mulling Spices in tiny mason jars.
All photography was done by the lovely, Megan Long Photography. She did a brilliant job capturing all the details.
You can find the Friendsgiving printables I used throughout HERE
I hope you enjoyed taking an inside look into my Friendsgiving Party.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Styling + Printables: Just a little Sparkle
Gold foil Napkins: Pink Poppy Party Shoppe
Wine Bag & Towel: Kitch Towels
Caramel Apples: Sweets by Gigi
Melamine Kids Plates: Shutterfly plates
Kids Photo Magnets: Tiny Prints magnets
Photography: Megan Long Photography