It’s that time of year to celebrate how thankful you are for your many blessings around a table with your besties: Friendsgiving has arrived! If you love to host but don’t have copious space to do so, I’ve got the table-setting and a menu for you…
Is this not the greatest holiday? Obligatory conversations with distant relatives, be gone! Friendsgiving is just straight up laughter with your homies for life and chowing down on the most comforting of comfort foods! Food takes the cake (pun intended, ha!) as my love language of choice. Serving food to your loved ones and sitting around enjoying a joyous meal together is probably the most intimate occasions there are and by far the best ways to reach the heart. So let’s reach some hearts, people!
While entertaining for Thanksgiving (or any day of the week) is something I cherish most, my 560 sq. ft. condo is quite limiting, to say the least. Shout out to all the tiny condo dwellers out there! You can still do this thing. This year, I’ve started to really take advantage of my coffee table when friends come over. Whether it’s a wine and cheese night or munching on little snacks while chatting, it has become the go-to space for gathering.
It seemed obvious that this Thanksgiving, my Friendsgiving table-setting would be on my coffee table. Oh yes, I went there. (PS. I’m slightly obsessed with my West Elm marble coffee table. They no longer make the original but it’s been updated!) I’ve stocked up on some great floor pillows for coffee table style gatherings. While my dinner table only has 4 chairs and can literally fit no more, I can put as many pillows as I want around the coffee table and away we go.
No Friendsgiving is complete without a killer menu. I love making grab-and-go, low maintenance items that my guests and pick up and munch on. Fork-less and knife-less is the best way to go when you’ve got limited space to work with so this menu is all appetizer style.
We all have a ton of friends with different dietary restrictions, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, you name it. I never like to leave anyone out of the experience simply because of a diet they may have. This year I decided to accommodate my vegetarian friends by creating an all vegetarian menu! I have to say, for a very meat-heavy holiday, meat was certainly not missed at all. Serving all veggie dishes meant that we all were experiencing the same food together, which really made for an even more intimate gathering. When you pay close attention to the meal requirements of your guests, I feel like it really shows you care. I’ve listed the veggie delights below!
Friendsgiving Vegetarian Menu:
Mini Green Bean Casseroles
Cheese & Chive Cranberry Crostinis
Sweet Potato & Apple Soup in Mini Jars
I prepped a few on the list ahead of time to save me time the day of and honestly, a lot of them are more flavorful when they’ve sat overnight. I prepped the stuffed eggplants and simply popped them into the oven the day of. I made the cinnamon rolls, sweet potato and apple soup and spiced apple cider the day prior, which was really the bulk of the work and made for a much easier day before my friends arrived.
So, get to gathering! Let me know how this table setting works out for you and from my family and friends to yours, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Friendsgiving Table Setting:
Pink Plates – Ikea
Mini Vases – H&M Home
Linen Runner – H&M Home
Marble Coffee Table – West Elm
Marble & Wood Slate – Indigo