Hi there, friend!
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away?! From tablescapes and hostess gifts to my fave low carb side dish and an easy-chic outfit idea, I’ve got you covered for all things Turkey Day! Some of my favorite blogger babes and I got together for a little “Friendsgiving” feast so that we could share these ideas with you! Tasty recipes were exchanged, lotsa wine was sipped, Thanksgiving-themed decor was in abundance & girl-talk was up the wazoo.
So read on for some major Friendsgiving inspo!
Still searching for that perfect side dish?! I’ve gotcha covered with my cauli mash! Just keep scrolling. 🙂
1. Friendsgiving Outfit Ideas
I decided to style a monochromatic look featuring 3 merlot-hued pieces from head-to-toe. Because, when in doubt, wear one color from top to bottom and your outfit will read insta-chic. It’s fairly foolproof. Trust me on this one.
I started off my Friendsgiving look with this insanely comfortable, uber-stretchy turtleneck tank. I’m tempted to purchase it in all 4 colors. It’s that good – no exaggeration. It’s an ideal layering piece for fall that pairs perfectly with this burgundy trench. But it would compliment so many other outerwear staples as well! How fab would it be styled underneath this suede moto or this faux leather jacket that’s ON SALE? Pssstt… It also happens to be the same jacket that I wore in black during NYFW.
To finish off my monochromatic ensemb, I paired the items above with this marvelous leather midi. The leather is absolutely beautiful – this piece will last you a lifetime.
Amanda, The Miller Affect
Lynlee Poston, Gal About Town
Natalie, The Fashion Hour
Brooke, One Small Blonde
Jaime, The Real Fashionista
2. Hostess Gift Wrapping
Brooke was kind enough to welcome us into her home for this fun occasion, so hostess gifts were a nice way for us to extend our thanks to our Hostess with the Mostess! And, confession: WRAPPING IS MY FAVORITE!! So of course I volunteered to be the designated (and oh-so-happy!) wrapper of ze gifts. 😁🎁🙋🏻
My love for wrapping is actually quite random… I’m not a DIY Dynamo. Sure, I pin DIY ideas on Pinterest from time to time, but I never actually DO THEM! I like to craft as much as I like to camp… and that’s, like, NEVER. But when it comes to gift wrapping (and to tree trimming…), a funny excitement takes over and I love to get creative! There’s something so special about gifting to the ones that you love! And, I think that extra-special packaging can only make the recipient feel extra-special themselves!
Anywho, take a peek at the wrapped presents in the photos below because I’m about to share all of the fun deets (just in case you’re a gift wrapping nerd like me!)
Creative Ways to Make Your Gift Wrapping Extra-Special:
STAMP IT. Wrap your gift up in regular, no-nonsense craft paper and then stamp the outside of the package with a party-themed phrase. That’s what I did when wrapping the gift in the photo above. The “I’m so thankful for you!” stamp is very Friendsgiving-apropos. This technique is simple yet feels extra-special. Plus, you can use the stamp again and again for years to come.
DOUBLE UP YOUR RIBBON. Why use one type of ribbon when you can use 2?! When Christmas rolls around I love big, larger-than-life bows. But, for Thanksgiving, I like to keep them simple. To add some dimension to my simple string, I love to double up 2 different types. In the packages above I tied natural raffia ribbon together with gold shimmer twine for a little something extra.
BOX IT UP. Not the wrapping type? No prob. Pick up a pretty printed craft box (see the polka-dot box in photo above) and put your present inside, no tape required! Just tie a simple bow ’round the box to make it feel like a gift. Simple as that.
STICKER-UP YOUR GIFT. I figured that the polka dot craft box I mentioned above could use an extra touch of something special, so I used these gorgeous gold sticker letters to spell out “I’m Thankful We Are Friends” on the outside of the dotted box. It made the no-wrap-required package feel personalized and thoughtful.
SPLURGE ON THE PAPER. Nothing gives a package a pick-me-up quite like some extra special, never-before-seen paper! Paper Source is often my go-to place. (P.S. This post is NOT sponsored by Paper Source. I just really, REALLYYY like it there.) I chose 2 gorgeous fall-hued floral papers to wrap up the remaining gifts along with a little gold glitter paper for fun! These papers are so unique and gorg.
3. Friendsgiving Tablescape
The “Get Stuffed” Turkey serving platter…
These DARLING appetizer plates…
The wine bottle labels with quirky-cute sayings that will make you LOL…
Have you ever seen anything cuter to accompany your Thanksgiving feast?! Doubtful.
4. My Cauliflower Mash Recipe
And, now for the eats!
As evidenced by the photos below, we had the MOST DELICIOUS spread. My contribution to the table was a Twice Baked Cauliflower Mash that will give your grandma’s taters a run for their money. Since I’m a gluten free gal that steers clear of carbs like they’re Kryptonite, cauliflower mash is a regular for the hubs and I at home. Tom says that he loves it just as much as the potatoes of his past!
Twice Baked Cauliflower Mash Recipe
- 1 cauliflower (or 3 containers pre-washed Cauliflower from Whole Foods if in a time crunch… don’t judge. 😁)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 oz cream cheese (sub my fave almond-based cream cheese substitute if dairy-free)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup sour creem
- 6 slices bacon
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- Core stem from cauliflower and chop into small pieces.
- While chopping, cook 6 pieces bacon in a pan.
- Boil or steam cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, until tender.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- While cauliflower is boiling, mix green onions, cream cheese, sour cream, parm cheese & 4 pieces bacon together in large mixing bowl.
- Drain cauliflower in caulinder.
- Pour cauliflower over the ingredients in mixing bowl.
- Mash by hand to incorporate and then transfer to blender to smooth out lumps.
- After blending, spread cauliflower into an 8×8 casserole dish.
- Top with cheddar cheese and remaining bacon.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Delve into the deliciousness!
Cheers, friends! Thank you bunches for stopping by! I wish you the happiest upcoming Thanksgiving! But, we still have a lot more talking to do pre-Turkey Day! Chat again soon! xo
Photos by Vanessa Christina Photography