Last year Krista and I hosted our first annual Friendsgiving, which was incredibly fun and delicious. We invited a group of friends, cooked a turkey (which was done four hours early…) and enjoyed a hilarious evening!
We knew that we needed to host another fun-filled friend evening but we couldn’t find a time in November to hold our second annual Friendsgiving, thus “Friendsgivemas” was born. Friendsgivemas = friends + Thanksgiving + Christmas!
A look below at our second annual “Friendsgivemas”!
For the menu we strayed from the traditional Thanksgiving fare as we figured most everyone would be ready for a change from turkey. We provided the meat and vegetables, mashed and scalloped potatoes and dessert!
Guests were asked to bring a side, appetizer or drinks to share.
- Ginger ale, gin & lime cocktails topped with cranberries and a cute red stripped straw for drinking (with us both being a bit under the weather this cocktail hit the spot!)
- Assorted wine, beer & Fireball (a party isn’t a party without a little Fireball)
- Amazing cheese plate provided by Anna (anyone who can throw together a cheese plate like Anna can is a keeper)
- Parmesan pull aparts by Anna (Krista’s recipe)
- Mini tarts with cream cheese, asparagus and salmon by Abbey
- Homemade meatballs by Sagen
- Homemade Empanadas with pheasant, potatoes, and morel mushrooms glazed prior to baking to add the perfect browned color and texture by Ryan
All of the food was incredible. It was so incredible in fact that we were didn’t capture a picture of the amazing spread…
- Fourteens pounds of beef chuck roast from Wood River Ranch (post coming soon as the ranch, recipe and resulting meat were amazing!) by me and Krista
- Vegetarian and regular scalloped potatoes by Krista
- Mashed potatoes by Krista (mashing provided by Chase)
- Wild mushroom and butternut squash bread-pudding by Rachel (literally to die for! recipe here)
- Butternut squash risotto by Abbey (another incredible side!)
- Asparagus by Tory
- Side salad by Sara (with locally grown lettuce)
- Individual pumpkin cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust topped with a frozen whipped cream winter shape (post coming soon by Taylor!)
Adding the holiday of Christmas to the mix really opened up the decorating opportunities. To keep things as simple or as “simple” as we ever make anything, we started with a color scheme of red, gold and neutrals.
For the table, we compiled a hodgepodge of place-mats, napkins and burlap table runners. Our seating was a bit tight so we swapped the table runners and place-mats. We placed the burlap runners down each side of the table and the plates directly on top of the runners with the place-mats in the center.
Doing this upped the “family style” of the meal and allowed us to squeeze in a few more settings!
To accessorize our table we went with gold bells and ornaments, pomegranates, cranberries, pine-cones and candles, all keeping with our overall color scheme. We had most of these already and simply purchased the pomegranates and cranberries at our local market and the bells nearby!
To each setting we added a name tag. I bought the tin (maybe?) gift tags at Huck & Paddle and wrote on them with a chalkboard pen. They are perfect for name tags or gift tags!
THANKFUL + HOLIDAY WISH CARDS:
Last year we added a card and note to each setting for each guest to write what they are thankful for. The answers were a mix of heartwarming, inspiring and hilarious. This was a tradition we knew that we had to continue and add upon.
With scattered sharpies across the table, each guest anonymously wrote what they were thankful for as well as a “holiday wish.” We then put all of the cards in a basket and read them aloud and guessed as to who was the author. Again, the answers were incredible and ranged from heartfelt to dirty!
At the last minute we created a “bar-cart” of sorts out of Krista’s largest “Nicole Miller Home” trays. We pulled in a few details from the table and added cute straws, toothpicks and napkins that we picked up at our local market.
We topped the night off with a hearty game of “Cards Against Humanity.” The game kept up the hilarity of the evening and was the perfect way to end a great night with friends!
We originally planned on around 15 guests as we had somewhat limited table space. However, our guest list quickly grew, so we just kept sending out invites with the thoughts of “the more the merrier!” Having too many friends isn’t necessarily a bad problem and just a few extra chairs and pounds of beef were easy to come by!
We are so thankful to all our friends who joined us to celebrate!
A FEW MORE PHOTOS FOR FUN!:
Cheers to our second annual “Friendsgivemas”!