Ah, Thanksgiving. For lovers of food and togetherness, there is simply is no better time of the year. That’s why we’re so glad Friendsgiving is a tradition that’s having a serious moment right now. I mean, why celebrate once when you can celebrate twice?
The recipe for a perfect Friendsgiving is simple: start with friends, add food (+ wine), and voila. Luckily, when you put a bunch of creative designers, writers, videographers, and photographers in a room, the festivities get pretty creative.
As the group started to arrive, we gathered our favorite gourds, candles, napkins, and some real hand-picked branches of cotton (from NPL Featured Photographer Jennifer Warthan herself!). We had what some would consider to be way too much fun arranging each piece on the beautiful dining room table.
In my humble opinion, there just aren’t enough occasions when it’s cool to use place cards at the table. Friendsgiving is one of them.
Taking full advantage of the opportunity to be a little fancier than usual, we used our printable place cards and Thanksgiving bunting (designed by Niki!) to pull everything together…
Our very first Artists’ Dinner began with an assignment: bring a traditional family recipe to share (and devour).
Niki designed gorgeous recipe cards that everyone could take home afterwards. It was so cool to hear about each of our holiday traditions and how much each recipe meant to everybody. It was even more awesome to get to dig into each of these AMAZING dishes.
Since the real Thanksgiving’s all about tradition, we decided to make our Friendsgiving a little less so.
Our menu included Siobhan’s unbelievable arugula, pear, and goat cheese salad, Laura’s cheesy Chex potatoes, Kate’s family recipe lasagna, Niki’s dreamy pumpkin pie, and Becca’s out-of-this-world pumpkin spice donuts. You can download our recipes by clicking HERE!
The night kept getting better as we opened the local cider, turned on Melissa’s awesome Friendsgiving playlist, learned a ton about videography (thanks, Frankie!) and got to know Mr. Elwood a little bit better (he’s the handsome devil with the fur).
Surrounded by good creative friends, amazing food, and beautiful decor, we ate, we drank, we laughed, and we Instagram‘ed late into the night.
Before we all left, everybody took home the ultimate party favor for the chilly nights ahead. These personalized photo mugs are THE perfect gifts for Friendsgiving guests who love coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Plus, now we’ll have something to remember our first Friendsgiving!
I’m pretty positive this Friendsgiving is just the beginning of a tradition we’ll keep up for years to come. I hope you’ll try it, too!
Now it’s your turn to share…show us how you Friendsgiving by tagging @nationsphotolab and using the hashtag #NPLFriendsgiving on Instagram!