Our First Friendsgiving

This year we hosted our very first Friendsgiving. It was the first time hosting a dinner of any kind in our apartment (we’ve lived here for almost 5 years!), and I was equal parts excited and nervous to have friends over for dinner. I am no top chef, and had never cooked a turkey before, so I relied heavily on the help of my culinary inclined husband to help me get through the prep and cooking. Put him on the top of the list for things I’m thankful for. We cooked the turkey, and my friends contributed sides to share. I’m happy to say it was an incredible success (I even made a few side dishes all by myself) and everyone left happy and full. It’s definitely an event we hope to turn in to a tradition.

Below are some images of my tablescape and our evening. I searched on Pinterest for minimal tablescape ideas, and saw a lot of beautiful tables but none were as minimal as I was hoping for. At the end of the day I kept it simple and only incorporated things that we already owned - with the exception of the seeded eucalyptus.


The candle votives were made by my husband. You can view more of his work here.


Our menu consisted of the following: I made the first three items and my friends contributed the rest.

Citrus Herb Turkey

Cornbread stuffing from Trader Joes

Delicata Squash with Tomatoes

Brussel Sprouts and Squash

Rolls from our local bakery Hartford Baking Co.

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Mash

Cranberry Sauce


So, so thankful for these little loves.


We ended the evening with pumpkin pie, apple crisp and ice cream from a local farm.

I hope this inspires you to have host Friendsgiving (or any dinner for that matter) of your own, remembering to keep things simple and focus on what’s really important - being in good company.