How about a new twist on Thanksgiving this year? Instead of just family, you invite friends too, or make it all about friends. We’re talking co-workers, neighbors, teachers—it’s called Friendsgiving, and yes, it’s a thing.
Its inception is attributed to everything from a television show to Twitter to an ad campaign, but the truth is, Friendsgiving as a concept has been around a long time. Many of us can’t travel to be with our flesh-and-blood over the holidays. Maybe we’re working, home-bound or stationed elsewhere. Naturally, we compensate by doing the next best thing: having a Thanksgiving celebration with our chosen family, i.e. our friends. No matter what our Thanksgiving meal looks like, two things are for sure. There’s a table and people are gathered around it, ready to eat. And where there’s a table, there are flowers.
Bring a little Fall Chic to your holiday event, whether its a casual backyard potluck or a formal affair marked by candles and place settings. One way to ensure that you have enough space for the centerpiece that you’re eyeing is to do a run through of your dinner and table arrangement a few nights before. Lay out silverware, plates and serveware, and build in extra space for that one guest who will surprise you with a special dish. Consider things like elbow room and room to pass plates. Once you do this, you’ll see how much area you have to devote to your crowning jewel (no not the turkey, the centerpiece).
This design is perfect for a table that’s bursting with food, friends and family. Those rich harvest colors and seasonal flowers make a big impact, even coming as they do from the rustic wood box. Just a touch of nature at the center of your Thanksgiving table is enough: no need to go all out. After all, the real focus should be on the people gathered together around it.