Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for those of us who live far from home, it's a celebration of friendship, better known as Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is the Thanksgiving you have with your chosen family: your bffs. It's a time for you to hang with those you love most, plan an epic meal, and relax knowing you don't have to answer any of those "what are you doing with your life?" questions (until Christmas). We asked stylist and friendsgiving professional, Ana Alic how to pull off an epic Friendsgiving gathering straight out of a Pinterest board, without breaking the bank.
Weather-Pending: Get Outside
November is really hit or miss depending on where you live, weather-wise. But the unseasonably warm temperatures inspired an outdoor feast, so we took to a cozy cabin by Lake Huron outside of Toronto. There's something about being outside and enjoying nature that feels camping-adjacent, enough time to enjoy the sights and smells, but with a warm bed and Netflix waiting for you somewhere nearby. We opted to lay out a ton of Society6 tapestries and throw pillows and channeled our inner Gwyneth Paltrows with fresh flowers and vintage accents.
DIY (With A Little Help From Your Friends)
Let's face it, half the reason you throw a party is to post about it on Instagram. So if you're going to do it, go all in and make your friends help you. I took a reclaimed barn door and painted it white to create a table with it. This sounds like a lot of work but with the help of a few friends, it only took about an hour, tops. I created a list of things I wanted everyone to bring and made it easy for friends to lend a hand. Some friends brough candles, others brought wooden boxes that served as side tables, others brought extra plates and mugs. When you make it a team effort, everyone feels like they're really apart of making it special. Everyone also brought a special dish: from blueberry pie, charcuterie and most importantly: lots of rose wine.
Infuse Gratitude Into the Gathering
Friendsgiving is all about giving thanks to those you love, but it might feel hard to make that the centerpiece of the event. Finding ways to discuss what you feel grateful doesn't have to be cheesy. Try bringing some beautiful cards and pens and take some time to write a letter to someone you love, or a list of things you are grateful for as a reminder and have everyone in the group share. Setting some time to be intentional is important, and sometimes it's easier to communicate how you're feeling when you write it down.
There are no hard-and-fast rules to pulling off the perfect Friendsgiving gathering, but these are my rules of thumb for making it work, without spending a fortune. Whatever your friendsgiving, just make sure you take some time to appreciate your chosen fam and DO NOT forget the rose.
Special thanks to my beautiful friends: Katie, Kirstie, Alli, Randi, Gina and Boone dog!