Don’t you just love this time of the year?! The food, the friends, family…and did I mention food?! We hosted our first annual Friendsgiving on Sunday and had the best time, so I wanted to pop-in real quick and share some ideas that can easily be used on Thanksgiving Day or even your own Friendsgiving! So let’s cut right to the chase because if you’re anything like me, you’re probably running a million miles a minute trying to get the house…and the food!!!!…ready for Thursday’s festivities.
I wanted the adult table to be festive and simple. I bought a roll of kraft paper and ran it down the center (cheap and easy!) and then created a tablescape using white candles, tapered candles for a little heigth, and faux hydrangeas, pumpkins, and greenery. Turned out so much better than I could’ve expected and it was SO simple and easy to do!
I also set out these great little utensil pockets for a fun little touch. I printed them on Kraft paper (you can find this at Hobby Lobby or Michaels) and then just assembled using scissors and tape. SUPER SIMPLE. I stuffed the pockets with a napkin, a faux leaf (snagged a bag at Hobby Lobby for less than a dollar!), and fork & spoon. Done and done!
Next up, kids table. Okay. So I know this is kind of ridiculous, but whatever. I enjoy stuff like this. I guess it’s the teacher in me 🙂 I wanted our first annual Friendsgiving to be just as fun and special for the kids as it would be for us.
I decorated the table with my blanket scarves. Easy to just throw in the wash if they got dirty.
I found a packet of Thanksgiving place mats for the kids…they’re all these different coloring pages and they were absolutely perfect for keeping the kids busy while everyone was eating. The plates went on top of the placemats and I placed a couple of buckets of crayons on the table, too. I found some cute turkey plates at Hobby Lobby (80% off!!!) and covered each with a napkin. Then I placed a sugar cone filled with two bags of fruit snacks on eat plate. Little CONEcopias, haha. The kids LOVED them!
The paper bag turkey legs were ridiculously easy to put together too. Not only did they add a fun touch to the table, but they were a great little party favor for the kids. They loved tearing them open! I filled them with leftover Halloween candy 🙂 I needed it OUT of my house!
I covered the juice boxes with brown construction paper (I just measured the width by placing the box on top of the paper…remove the straw!) and adhered a beak, a pair of googly eyes, and some colorful paper feathers. My boys were obsessed.
I found a little packet of seasonal paper strips for chain making (Michaels) and my boys loved putting together the paper chains the night before and then adding them to the table. They were so proud of their contribution to the table decor.
Speaking of kids, we knew they’d be anxious to eat while everything was finishing cooking, so we had the guys hide little paper turkeys outside and the kids had to go around and find all eight before they could come inside to eat. The guys did an AMAZING job of hiding them because it took the kids FOREVER to find all 8! Hahaha!!! PERFECT!! I found this darling idea from The Dating Divas. Head on over to their blog to download for your Thanksgiving festivities!
Now let’s talk food and drink…the real reason we were so excited for Friendsgiving! Two Thanksgiving dinners in one week?! YES, please!!!!
I wanted a seasonal appetizer to set out before our feast (in addition to several others!) so I made these roasted cranberry crostinis. Verdict?! Pretty tasty. They were REALLY tart, so I didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought I would, but they did get rave reviews from a couple of our friends. Bonus?! They were REALLY EASY to make and the best part is that they can be prepared several days ahead.
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