Friendsgiving 2015!

Friendsgiving 2015Today we’re super excited to share photos and decor from this year’s Friendsgiving feast!

Friendsgiving is our favorite blog tradition for the past four years. We started it because Emma wanted to cook up a bunch of Thanksgiving recipes for the blog, but it felt too sad to make all the wonderful dishes without throwing a party too. So we’ve been doing “early Thanksgiving” with a group of friends ever since!

Today I’m here to share the decor and photos from our lunch together. Then over the next few weeks, we’ll share all the recipes in preparation for Thanksgiving (spoiler alert- you’re going to want to make Emma’s new stuffing recipe. It’s incredible!)

Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 For the buffet table, I picked out a bunch of paper party goods and balloon alphas from Oh Happy Day Party Shop. Our color scheme was lots of pinks, wine red and peaches.

Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 My favorite festive detail this year was the eucalyptus wreaths that Laura and I whipped up. They were so easy to make and made the lunch feel like more of a special event.

Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 The best part of Friendsgiving is the friends! I’m scrapbooking all these photos.

Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Friendsgiving 2015 Just imagine Janelle Monae’s Yoga playing in the background…you know, for context.

I hope you enjoyed these photos from our Friendsgiving. It was fun to host it at our new home for the first time (it was actually our first dinner or party in general- so a pretty great way to kick that off). I hope this tradition lasts forever because it’s my absolute favorite.

We’ll be back soon with recipes on top of recipes to inspire your Thanksgiving plans. I made a cranberry margarita that turned out so tart and amazing. Can’t wait for you to taste it!

Do you have any go-to tips for decorating your Thanksgiving dinner space? As you can see here, it doesn’t have to be insanely elaborate or expensive. A few color-coordinated details can add a LOT to your celebration. xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • That looks incredible! I love how much effort has gone into this and I can only imagine the amount of fun you all have Great post and thanks for sharing!!

  • PLEASE tell what you used and where you purchased that gorgeous purple background!!! We will be hosting our 6th annual Friendsgiving this year and that would be PERFECT! I love it so much!

  • This is wonderful I truly appreciate the information shared in this post I am going to bookmark this!

  • I have visited your site 1st time and i totally impressed with your blog. You have design beautifully your all the blogs. Thank you

  • We just planned ours for the night before Thanksgiving!! Thanks for thin inspiration 🙂

  • Makes me excited for my Friendsgiving celebration this weekend 🙂 I love the dress Scarlett’s mom is wearing … if you know where it’s from and can share, that would be lovely!

  • We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK :'( Friendsgiving is 100% my excuse to celebrate this year!!

  • This will be the 12th year our friends have had a Friendsgiving dinner (usually the Saturday after thanksgiving), with anything but turkey on the menu. Your friendsgiving is way more stylish than ours, haha.

  • Friendsgiving is such a great tradition. The party looked absolutely lovely.

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  • What an absolutely amazing idea! I’d love to throw a Friendsgiving party too! I’ll make sure to share these with my chummies so we can start a yearly tradition! ^_^

  • I’m attending a Friendsgiving for the first time ever, and while I’m not sure how the cooking is being divided up…I am excited to see your recipes!

  • Friendsgiving looks like THE BEST!!! Plus, I’m loving Emma’s dress!!! SO much love in one post.

    ♥♥♥ Heather

  • This is such a wonderful idea to do every year. Once I get my kitchen finished we might have to join in on the yearly festivities!

  • That looks incredible! I love how much effort has gone into this and I can only imagine the amount of fun you all have 🙂 Great post and thanks for sharing!! x

  • lovely, wonderful, etc, etc – THAT WALLPAPER!! Where from? What is is called? What type is it – paintable? Love the tonal colouring and the old school pattern. Does that colouring come in geometrics? I am Obsessed. Capital O.

  • Everything looks so amazing! Having good friends is one of the greatest things in life! Looks like you had a lovely time! This is an idea I’d like to share with my friends. Thank you for sharing! xo

  • I’m so in love with this decoration, and the photos in front of it always look great! And you two just look so beautiful with those wreaths!

  • I love the idea of FRIENDSgiving instead of Thanksgiving! I live in Sweden, and to Swedes Thanksgiving is “just an American thing”. For me though, having grown up with the tradition (I’m half American), I’m always tempted to do something for the occasion, but don’t always know how to introduce the concept to Swedes without it falling flat. But merging Thanksgiving with a general part of friends sounds like a perfect way to do it.

  • Wow! I just had a great idea! I will be planning a Friendsgiving of our own in our beloved country and hoping you could help me how to host it or how to do it 😀 ?

  • Looks like a beautiful party:) Gosh I absolutely love that blue lace dress!

    Rachel x

  • Such a fun party! Looks like you all had a blast!


  • Your new space is really looking great. Don’t know how you’re doing it all so fast! Everything looks like it turned out so beautifully for the dinner. Send some cranberry margaritas over to Arizona. 😉


  • Gorgeous photos!!! I’ve been making Emma’s bacon and bourbon stuffing for the past couple years! I can’t wait for the new stuffing recipe. AND, bring on the PIE!! 🙂 Emma’s dress is beautiful, such a perfect mix of patterns and colors!

  • Wow, what a bunch of beautiful people! Emma, your eyes are such a pretty blue. 🙂 I absolutely love the eucalyptus headbands…gorgeous!

  • Such a cute and clever get together and I love that navy lace top with the head wreaths!

    XO, Jessi

  • That looks like so much fun! And what a beautiful place! ♥♥

  • Can you tell me about the dining room console? The lunch looks like fun! Looking forward to the recipes ….

  • Just started following your blog! My boyfriend’s favorite holiday is Friendsgiving, so I’m excited to borrow some of your recipes for the event. Thanks!


  • I love the idea of friends giving! We don’t have Thanksgiving here, but we should have a friends giving! 🙂 I’m gathering ideas for my 25th birthday celebration and these eucalyptus wreaths looks so lovely that I’m thinking to make them for my friends and I! 🙂

  • I loved the pictures Elsie!
    The eucalyptus wreaths are so beautiful and simple at the same time. I loved how it really gave a different spirit for the event.

    Can’t wait to see the recipes 🙂

    xo, Deborah

  • Hi Mel! Thanks so much for reading! 🙂 They will be on the blog tomorrow. <3 – Jacki

  • Such a fun idea and looks like your guys had a great time! Seems like it might be a good excuse to “test drive” new recipes before the main event of Thanksgiving as well.

  • Hi! I’m a new reader and love love love your blog.
    Are you going to be posting a how-to on those gorgeous eucalyptus wreaths. Would love to make them for our
    Christmas lunch down here in Australia !
    Mel x

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