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Thanksgiving is time to gather together with family and friends, and give thanks for all our blessings! This boho chic Friendsgiving has all the fun elements of Thanksgiving but with a modern twist.
Inspired by the purple and gold leaf invitation followed by the coordinating menu in blue, the event design has nontraditional Thanksgiving colors. The colors and calligraphy on the invitation and menu also inspired the calligraphy table runner with feathers and Thanksgiving phrases.
Playing on the gold accents we created a chic and easy DIY place setting with white pumpkins, which are partial spray painted in gold with place cards tied in purple ribbon.
I love to entertain, and wanted to make this Friendsgiving feel chic yet relaxed. Using casual white dinnerware mixed with coup Champaign glasses has a beautiful contrast to the floral table runner.
When I entertain, I always do my own floral design and often do it for parties and events I plan, which makes your occasion feel more intimate and special! Use flowers, vegetables, and fruits that are in season to create your beautiful Friendsgiving floral arrangement! Eggplants, magnolia leaves, persimmons, mums, artichokes, and gomphrena were just a few of the flowers used in the floral design.
Don’t forget your candles and at varying heights to add interest and dimension to your tablescape! Gold votive mixed with white candles in low ball glassware filled with acorns provides a chic modern look that is easy to pull off in your own home!
When planning any party you have this vision in mind and then you can’t find that one item in the color you want. Instead of stressing over it, do what the professional do and improvise. While the inspiration behind this Friendsgiving called for gold chargers and purple napkins, the square plates are more modern and the orange napkins are striking against the white dinnerware and all the purple in the florals.
Now time for the mouthwatering menu! This Friendsgiving opted for non-traditional Thanksgiving food dishes, yet still very seasonal. This menu has it all from soup, to a modern twist on carved turkey, to delicious desserts!

Turkey Arancini
Sweet Potato Jam

Butternut Squash Risotto
Served in a Pear,
Truffle, Apple, Candied Pecans

Root Vegetable Falafel
Cranberry Relish

Elk Pumpkin Meat Pie
Apple Custard

Pumpkin Soup
Served in a Acorn Squash
Toasted Pita, Crab Salad

Pumpkin Crème Brulee
Ginger Cookies

Mini Apple Strudel
Apple Pumpkin Crumble

Instead of serving your guests family style for dessert, have a dessert bar, which allows guests to mix and mingle and devour dessert at their leisure. The dessert table is another way to showcase part of the meal with fun décor elements, like gold pumpkins displayed in a glass vase, feather or floral arrangement, and simple garland like the acorn garland. Add a cute sign or printable, and personalized cocktail napkins to finish the look.
Every party should have signature drink, and Friendsgiving is no different. Serve guests a Sparking Apple Cider Rosemary cocktail, which is a great alternative to the traditional wine and beer. This cocktail is also great with or without bubbly, and will have your guests asking for more!
Last but not least, add boutonnieres and flower crowns for your guests, which completes this boho chic Friendsgiving! You can either make this a DIY activity for your guests as they watch football or have them done by a professional. Either way, your guests will love the added charm to your Friendsgiving!
Vendor Credits
Planning, Coordination, Design, florals, DIY pumpkin place cards, and cocktail – Sarah Sofia Productions
Photography & Videography – Charlotte Lately
Food, dinnerware, flatware, coup Champagne glasses, chairs, serving dishes – Passion 8
Venue – Loray Mill
Invitation, menu & personalized napkins – Tiny Prints
Home décor and table top décor – Pottery Barn
Calligraphy Table Runner and place cards – LJ Design Co
Flower crowns and boutonnieres – Maiden Flower Crowns
Farm table – Creative Solutions
Gold vase and burlap votive – The Blossom Shop
Orange napkins and gold votive – HomeGoods
Acorn garland and gobble sign – Target
Large crystal cake stand – Tiffany & Co
Marble leaf cake stand – Michael Aram
Medium glass cake stand – The Cellar

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Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    This menu has it all from soup, to a modern twist on carved turkey, to delicious desserts! Turkey Arancini Sweet Potato Jam Butternut Squash Risotto Served in a Pear, Truffle, Apple, Candied Pecans Root Vegetable Falafel Cranberry Relish Elk Pumpkin Meat Pie Apple Custard Pumpkin Soup Served in a Acorn Squash Toasted Pita, Crab Salad Pumpkin Crème Brulee Ginger Cookies Mini Apple Strudel Apple Pumpkin Crumble

  • What People Drank

    Sparking Apple Cider Rosemary cocktail, which is a great alternative to the traditional wine and beer. This cocktail is also great with or without bubbly, and will have your guests asking for more!

  • Desserts

    Pumpkin Crème Brulee Ginger Cookies Mini Apple Strudel Apple Pumpkin Crumble

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