Saturday evening Nolan and I hosted Friendsgiving at our house. One thing you should know about me is I love hosting. I love bringing our friends together and getting everyone under the same roof enjoying good food, drinks and lots of laughs. Friendsgiving did not disapoint and included all of these things.
When you find the perfect "Friendsgiving" banner at Target in the dollar spot you throw it right in your cart without even thinking twice about it! Unfortunately this one is sold out, but Nordstrom has an amazing pennant banner (that I actually like even more, it's more neutral) right here.
My simple tips for hosting will hopefully make your life easier. Because hosting shouldn't be stressful or hard, it should be fun and easy so you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests!
1. Pick a theme/color scheme: For Friendsgiving I knew I wanted to do gold and white with a touch of green. I wanted to have my table be the focal point for the party, so that was my main focus when decorating. Don't feel like you have to cover your entire house in decor, keep it simple. The pictures below are of the girls table. The guys table was a little less fancy, because let's be honest, they don't care and had I spent a ton of time decorating they probably wouldn't have even noticed anyway.
2. Delegate: As a hostess you shouldn't feel obligated to provide all the food and all of the drinks for your guests. Not only are you hosting you're also having the stress of cleaning and making your house spotless so don't feel like you need to do everything by yourself! I asked each couple to bring 2 things (side, appetizer or dessert) and a bottle of wine. This is also a fun way to try new recipes! There are definitely a few recipes that I need to get that people brought. Still thinking about Kelsi's delicious corn bake! My contribution to our meal was the turkey, a side dish and an appetizer. (recipes below for all three)
4. Don't break the bank: This tip is probably my favorite! I am totally guilty of feeling the pressure of going all out and wanting to make/recreate every fabulous thing I see on Pinterest (I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest). Reuse stuff you already have in your home, think outside the box! Or there are some great decorations you can find on a budget and make them fabulous! For example, the faux pumpkins and squash on the table were 80% off at Hobby Lobby! Making them about $1 for a bag of 5! (wow!) I should also add they were originally a less attractive orange, yellow and green color so after a few coats of paint they were transformed. Can't go wrong with white and gold. Ever. The wine glasses were $1 a piece! (no that's not a typo). They are from Dollar Tree (I painted the base with gold acrylic paint), and I'm not even kidding when I say they are identical (size and quality) to our Crate and Barrel one's we own, and a fraction of the cost!
4. Plan Ahead: Figure out everything you need for hosting well in advance! From plates and cups to groceries or wine make your lists, check them three times and get your shopping done early.
5. Enjoy: You've worked hard to clean, plan, cook and decorate. Pour that glass of wine and enjoy the party with your friends! Because you are surrounded by great friends who are having a great time at your party (that you created) so you deserve it girlfriend!
This is one of my favorite tables that I've created! And I love how so much of it can be reused for other occasions.
Want to be the hostess with the mostest!? Then make these super easy and affordable wine glasses and personalize them! I made the wine markers so that we could keep track of our wine glasses, and they were a little party favor for the girls to take home! So fun!
I am slightly obsessed with this sign! I can't wait to use it for all sorts of occasions. The letters are so easy to interchange. And this quote I found online could not be more true. I just love the friends I have made here in Kansas City, they really are like family!
I wish I could say I created this fabulous turkey recipe. But the truth is this is the first time I've ever made a turkey so I decided to turn to an expert and use her trusted recipe. And let me just say Ina Garten's Bone-in Turkey Breast recipe did not disappoint! I will be making this again for a week night meal for Nolan and I and then we'll have leftovers.
I make these roasted veggies about once a week. Not even exaggerating! They are so easy and so delicious! Because I make these so often I kind of just wing it. What you'll need, 1 bag of baby carrots peeled, one whole onion chopped, 1 head of garlic remove all skin from bulbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Dump veggies on a large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil (lots of olive oil), and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 30-40 minutes depending on your oven. Be sure to flip veggies every 10 min for even roasting. Roast until browned. And like Carla Hall says, "there's flavor in the brown," so roast away!
Friendsgiving 2016 was one for the books! Did anyone else celebrate Friendsgivng this past weekend?! I am looking forward to making it a yearly tradition! Hopefully next year we'll be able to host in our new home.
Now enjoy a few of our bloopers. We only had to take 47 pics to get one good one! No help from Kauffman as he refused to get out of the shot, or look at the camera for that matter! Hope you all have a great week! Check back tomorrow for a insanely easy butternut squash appetizer that looks fancy and tastes fancy, but is super simple!