For the past 5 or 6 years, we've been hopping on a plane and skipping town for Thanksgiving. We love our families and friends, but with the time off from work it's kind of the perfect time to take a little vacay. And I know lots of people do the same, so what are we to do about turkey and wine and spending time with our loved ones? Host a Friendsgiving!
We all know what makes a successful gathering, good food and good people. Today i've partnered with Seven Daughters Wine to share a few more of my favorite details to include and make your Friendsgiving a success.
1. Create large eye-catching platters for serving food family style. I love that as your friends enjoy the snacks from this board, they reveal a little piece of art as they go! Pile on the bread, cheese and any other accoutrements that go along with these simple appetizers.
2. Add fun pieces of conversation starting art. I love displaying funny quotes on our bar cart, at the buffet, or even at the table.
3. Keep flower arrangements low and simple. One of the easiest ways to get great looking flower arrangements for your get togethers is to pick a single color. Grab a selection of single hued blooms and and you won't go wrong putting together your centerpiece.
4. Pick a color palette and stick with it! Similar to the flowers, if you pick a few colors and keep all of the elements at your table in that palette, it will be a cinch to pull everything together. I chose wood tones, olive, white and a touch of blush.
5. Giving favors? Pick something personal that fits your friend's personalities... and is something they can actually use. I am currently obsessed with cutting boards because who can't use them?! You can display them, serve on them, or leave them out for daily things like coffee spoons and chopping a quick lemon for your water. Add a little note and take your boards to the next level also jazzing up your place settings. Another option that never fails, mini cacti and succulents. Make the pots stand out with a tiny bit of copper foil.
6. With so many different flavors at a dinner table, be sure to set out wine that pairs well with everything and let your guests choose. Seven Daughters Crisp White, Rich Red, and Pinot Noir are some of my favorites to serve.
7. Make quick mini appetizers for friends to snack on prior to the big meal. We all know how it goes, there is at least an hour or two spent mingling and drinking wine before you actually sit down for dinner. Serving simple finger foods will keep guests from getting grumpy;) I'll share this nut recipe and salad bite appetizer this week!