Friendsgiving 2018

Are you planning to host a Friendsgiving this year? I am sincerely curious how many of you do (or attend one—that counts, too) because it is seriously one of my favorite traditions every year. I’m actually hosting my second Friendsgiving tonight for some of my Springfield, Missouri friends. But last week, I got to host with Elsie in Nashville and I wanted to share a few photos with you all.

Elsie and I realized that this was the seventh Friendsgiving we’ve hosted together. Isn’t that crazy?! If you had told me seven years ago that I’d still be doing this and blogging it alongside my sister I don’t think I would have necessarily been shocked, but also I might not have believed you. Probably the biggest change this year was the addition of more kiddos to the table—we’ve got two now. Lola and Nova were for sure the highlight of the day. 🙂

We also decided to do something a little different this year and do BRUNCH for Friendsgiving. Why we never did this before, I have no idea! It was awesome and still felt like the season. I’ll be sharing more about the decor and recipes all this week and we had some really, really good stuff this year, so stay tuned for that! xo. Emma

If you want to see all our past Friendsgivings, just click the “Thanksgiving” tag at the top of this post and you’ll see all our archives surrounding this holiday.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photos: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I am hosting our 15th annual Friendsgiving this year! We usually do a pot-luck on non-thanksgiving foods the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year we’re doing a Taco Bar.

  • That little wooden plate and matching cutlery for kids is so cute! Do you happen to have a link for it? Thanks and beautiful tablescape! 🙂

  • Would love to know where your white plates are from – i’ve been looking for some exactly like that!

  • These photos are so beautiful & sweet! My good friends just bought their first house, so we’ll be attending Friendsgiving there this weekend – they told us they’re expecting 35-40 people!!

  • We’re celebrating our third or fourth friendsgiving this year! One of my favorite traditions.

  • I would love to have a friendsgiving one year but I don’t have enough friends locally to do so. Still working on building a local friend tribe after so many old and trues have moved away to raise/start a family in a more affordable area.

  • This is going to be my sixth annual Friendsgiving! I’ve carried on the tradition through three moves, an entire Masters degree, and 8 perfect turkeys thanks to your orange brine recipe. You guys actually inspired me to host my first one in and it’s been my favorite tradition ever since!

  • I hosted my first Friendsgiving this year (on Saturday) and it’s definitely the start of a new tradition for us! There’s a heated greenhouse in town so we set up a kings table down the middle and had a potting station for guests to pot house plants and take as a party favor! Love your use of fruits as a runner, so pretty!

  • Augh, so cute seeing Nova and Lola at the table for this year’s Friendsgiving! Too cute 🙂

  • Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving isn’t really a thing here in the Philippines, but it’s a pretty good excuse to meet up with all my friends!

  • Elsie, I just love seeing the expression on your face just whenever you are looking at Nova. you positively glow with joy.

    And yes, we almost always host a Friendsgiving, usually after the “real” day, and find the food and company does not disappoint (unlike our family thanksgivings which unfold with more drama and angst…which makes for a memorable event, if not for gastronomic satisfaction!)

  • This year we’ll be celebrating our 13th annual friendsgiving! Best time of the year 🙂

  • Celebrating Friendsgiving with a brunch is a great idea, especially when kids are involved! I love the decorations too. The orange theme is beautiful and super cheerful!! 🙂

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  • That looks like such a wonderful festivity, and I love the colorful table decorations!

  • I went to a friendsgiving this year with old friends from school! I hope it continues for years ????

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