Bring your Friends together for Friendsgiving to celebrate Thanksgiving! We did and are sharing with you our invitation, table setting, decorations, and menu!
Celebrating many years of Gr8 Friends, Gr8 Food and Gr8 Fun!
Our Gr8 dinner one year was in November. Eventhough we have had November dinners in the past, Thanksgiving had never chosen as a theme. Joel and I decided a Thanksgiving dinner was in order.
What a perfect time to celebrate each other and our many years of friendship. Therefore, "Great Eight Friendsgiving" became our theme!
The Friendsgiving Invitation
The next step was to create a way to invite our Gr8 friends. I had recently taken a class to learn to make an interactive card. While attending this fun class, I realized how perfect this card would be to use as an invitation.
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I have always loved the clay model of friends in a circle with their arms around each other. To present with the paper invitation I went online to find one with eight people in a circle.
The meaning of the “Circle of Friends” was the perfect representation of the evening.
We dropped off the invitation to each home a week before the dinner. Each couple opened their door to find the invitation and this “Circle of Friends” with a (battery powered) candle. Included in the invitation, like always, each couple found out the dish they were assigned to bring.
I decided that I would incorporate as many photos as I could gather from our years together and include them both on the invitation and in the decorations that evening.
Hanging photos with mini clothes pins was an easy way to display many of our past years of memories.
Knowing that my “Circle of Friends” would be the centerpiece and focal point of the table, I also used items from my own Thanksgiving decorations.
Place cards included a fun photo of each guest from a past Gr8 dinner.
Before completing the invitation we decided on the menu.
Spinach Balls are one of Gr8 Friends favorite fall appetizer so of course we included this tasty make-ahead snack.
Then we were all delighted with Anna’s “Creamy Butternut Squash Soup…with no cream.”
As Joel is the master Turkey chef, he and I prepared the dinner together. Joel was excited to prepare the turkey on the grill. This is the perfect way to roast your turkey and give more oven room for other dishes in the kitchen.
Gr8 Gift Giving
As tradition carries on, our evening ended with the exchanging of gifts. Jurga surprised us with these amazing and cozy blankets. Another Gr8 treasure!
Our Friendsgiving evening was perfect as we ate, drank, reminisced and gave thanks for each other, our families, our friends and our story!
Celebrate someone or something EVERYDAY!