First Annual Friendsgiving

This was not only Ben and I's first Thanksgiving away from Michigan and our families, but our first time hosting Thanksgiving. We opted for a "friendsgiving" with Michigan pals who were also far from family. It was different from any Thanksgiving we've had before but it was perfect. I tend to feel homesick around the holidays but this Thanksgiving taught me that it possible to find home in many different places. 

A Classy Holiday Potluck - Costa Mesa, California - 2014

I was excited to host and have so many guests in our home but I wasn't quite ready to take on the task of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner by myself. So, I enlisted the help of our friends. I was slightly worried we'd end up with a nothing but a slue of wine and mashed potatoes – so Ben and I designed a menu and sent it around for our guests to fill out to make sure we had all our bases covered.

Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving Menu Idea - Sign up

I had so much fun putting together the tablescape and creating a nice atmosphere for our guests. I clipped greens and strung them together to make a garland centerpiece and lined it with candles. This was an easy and inexpensive way to dress up our table and I love how it turned out.

Thanksgiving Tablescape – Garland Table Runner Eucalyptus DIY
Thanksgiving Tablescape – Garland Table Runner Eucalyptus DIY
Thanksgiving Tablescape – Garland Table Runner Eucalyptus DIY
Ben Biondo Thanksgiving Selfie
Amanda Vanvels, Sara Martin, Travis Martin

If you ask me, we should live every day like its Thanksgiving. Eat good food, drink wine, spend time with the ones we love, take naps, play games, and eat dessert. What's not to love? 

Photos taken by our lovely friend, Mae Stier .