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Our Friendsgiving 2013

This year was our first "Friendsgiving"- a great excuse to kick back and enjoy some great food with friends. As I was taking a big test on Saturday (for my oncology nursing certification- passed woo hoo!), we went a potluck meal and quick impromptu DIYs.

We smoked the turkey (after brining and stuffing with bacon), and we went with nontraditional sides and desserts. We left it open for people to bring their favorite dishes to the meal. We also drank plenty of our kegged homemade cider. A fun night indeed!

Read on for more details.

For the table arrangements I used an array of small thrifted vases, trying to keep the profile low for conversation across the table. I picked up some florals from Trader Joe's and supplemented greenery with rosemary & turning magnolia leaves from the front yard. I added in some of my gilded birds & a set of gold taper candles in my antique ceramic holders.

Kiel said that it looked very "botanical". I guess that was the gist of what I was trying to achieve... !

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Since we went potluck and low key and hosted more people than could comfortably fit around our table, we went with a buffet style set up.

In a quick attempt to fancy up our daily linens for the festivities, we rolled our napkins and tied them with twine. I added in a couple sprigs of gilded eucalyptus and rosemary to fancy them up. An old locker basket provide storage for the napkins and grab and go utensils. I went with an assortment of vintage white dishes large for dinner and small for dessert.

Large plates: Branch Decor

Small round plates: Objects for the Home

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For leftovers we used wide mouth mason jars with "give thanks" tags on top. I try to limit plastic as much as possible which made my options for leftover storage limited. I figured these wide mouth jars were cheap (around $1 each) and would work well for storage. Each guest was sent home some extra for the next day!

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What a wonderful Friendsgiving. Lots of food, cider & desserts. We look forward to doing it again next year!