Today on Gal About Town we are talking about one of my favorite holiday traditions, Friendsgiving! Of course you celebrate Thanksgiving every year with your family, but what about your friend-family? I am oh so thankful for this group of ladies so we wanted to get together for a Friendsgiving, and now we will all be sharing our tips to hosting the ultimate Friendsgiving- from what to wear, hostess gifts, decor, and of course sharing some of our favorite recipes!
Hosting any type of gathering in your home takes a TON of preparation and work! So thankful that Brooke opened up her new home for us to have our Friendsgiving there this year, her place is gorgeous! It’s always a good idea to bring something small to show your appreciation to the host! Whether it be your mom, aunt, sister, friend! Below are a few of our favorite hostess gift ideas!
A beautiful tablescape is a must when hosting any kind of dinner, especially friendsgiving. While Christmas is all about the tree, Thanksgiving is all about the tablescape and styling! My table at home is round so I am sadly unable to fit a ton of decor on my table to style. Brooke’s long rectangular farmhouse table was perfect for a gorgeous fall inspired tablescape! Shop our friendsgiving tablescape decor pieces below.
What to Wear
Thanksgiving attire is all about comfort, you know you are going to be stuffing your face and lounging around. However, you also want something cute as well because I don’t know about you guys but at our gatherings, there will always be photos taken! We often take our Christmas family photos on Thanksgiving day so not only do I need something comfortable to host my food baby, but also something cute! I am always a fan of loose dresses, sweaters, and stretchy pants! I love the elastic waist on this dress, I also paired my favorite fringe vest over it to conceal my food baby even further! HA! Shop my exact look below.
Jaime- The Real Fashionista
Shop Jaime’s Friendsgiving look below, and head on over to her blog to see more!
Christina- Fashion and Frills
You can shop Christina’s burgundy ensemble below, and head on over to her blog for more details!
Amanda- The Miller Affect
Shop Amanda’s adorable green sweater dress + boot combo below, and head on over to her blog for more!
Brooke- One Small Blonde
Brooke, our hostess went with a classic sweater + jeans + OTK boots, one of my favorite go-to looks! Shop the details of her Friendsgiving outfit below, and visit her blog for more details!
Natalie- The Fashion Hour
I love Natalie’s striped tee + button up skirt (hey you can even unbutton one of the top ones if you eat too much haha) for her Friendsgiving look! Shop the details below and head on over to her blog for more!
Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe
- 1 package dry cornbread mix
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons dried sages
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the dry corn bread mix according to package directions. Cool and crumble.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft.
- In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.
- Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F