Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

All it takes is a few simple updates to make your home holiday-hosting ready. With a little Home Depot decor, Kourtni Munoz of House on Longwood Lane set the stage for a top-notch Friendsgiving feast.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

As the holidays start to roll around, holiday prep can be pretty stressful; especially with traveling here and there to visit family from all over. Our family’s love for Thanksgiving runs deep and we love sharing our own traditions with others. With being a military family, we don’t have the opportunity to spend every holiday with close family. Traveling is always expensive during the holidays, so we stay home for Thanksgiving and started some of our own family traditions.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

I’m known for always having a home project going on and every year before the holidays, I’m sent into a frenzy of all the big and little projects I want to tackle around the house before the festivities begin. We love The Home Depot for all of our home improvement needs, and now for all of our entertaining needs the holiday season! The Home Depot has an insane selection of dining furniture, home accents and small appliances. Yes, you read that right. The Home Depot isn’t just for paint and lumber!

I have worked to update our home and prepare for Friendsgiving, so I’m sharing some of the design tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

Make Your Own Drink Bar

We love entertaining, and having an area to prepare a fruity or sweet drink is always a must. We created a make-your-own drink bar that’s adult and kiddo friendly. I used the StyleWell Kitchen Island as a bar cart in a little corner of our kitchen perfect for making drinks and keeping the kitchen free for cooking and guest mingling.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

The bar cart fits perfectly next to the mini drink fridge! We made sure to stock the bar cart with glasses and mugs available for guests to make fruity drinks, hot chocolate or some hot tea.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Take a Seat

Seating is crucial when it comes to Friendsgiving, you can never have too many chairs! Our dining room isn’t the biggest so taking advantage of the breakfast nook and eat-in kitchen is crucial for us. The StyleWell Black Metal Counter Stools are great for adding extra seating while without being too bulky and taking up a ton of room.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Our dining room has been in desperate need of new chairs ever since our puppies decided to use them as chew toys a few years ago. We opted for the StyleWell Black Wood Windsor Dining Chair – a modern yet traditional piece. These were a must for us especially with being solid wood they’re sturdy enough to stand the test of time with kiddos and multiple holiday gatherings for years to come.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

We couldn’t leave out the breakfast nook and claim it as the designated kids table for Friendsgiving! Growing up we always had a kids table, and to this day we all still sit at the “kids table” even as married adults with kiddos of our own. I decided to mix different woods for our breakfast nook and go with the StyleWell Unfinished Wood Dining Chair and the StyleWell Saskia Sable Brown Wood Dining Table.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Potluck Style Serving

We host a Friendsgiving at our home on Thanksgiving Day. We invite other military families and friends that aren’t able to go home for the holidays. It is a potluck-style Friendsgiving and ask all of our friends to bring their favorite family dish. So everyone has a little piece of home with them. The Home Decorators Natural Finish Buffet is perfect for hosting all of our friends’ family dishes in close reach without crowding the kitchen. The modern design and walnut finish of the buffet pairs great with the eclectic style in our home. The deeper buffet is great for storing heirloom pieces like napkins, glasses, and plates.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Casual Thanksgiving Decor

This Friendsgiving we opted for small updates and a more casual Thanksgiving tablescape. Thanksgiving is a big cooking holiday so a casual tablescape with linen tablecloths, napkins and simple dinnerware was a must.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

Grabbing your favorite oversized vase and some fresh flowers and greenery makes for the perfect table centerpiece.

Friendsgiving Holiday Prep

We even scooped up this fall wreath to welcome guests right into the dining room for Friendsgiving. You don’t have to go overboard with Friendsgiving this year, y’all. You’ll be ready for Friendsgiving this season as long as there’s good food and good friends. And a few casual updates to your home couldn’t hurt!

Are you ready for an upgrade this Friendsgiving? Make sure you shop The Home Depot at HomeDepot.com/decor first for all of your holiday entertaining needs!

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5 Tips to Setting a Memorable Friendsgiving Table

Ashley Brooke of Ashley Brooke Designs loves hosting her friends and family any time of year, but especially over the holidays! Ashley was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products by showing how to decorate for a wonderful entertaining Friendsgiving.

5 Tips to Setting a Memorable Friendsgiving Table

We love hosting our friends and family any time of year, but especially over the holidays! There’s nothing better than slowing down to celebrate friendship with your nearest and dearest over a good meal and homemade pie. And let’s be real, Friendsgiving is truly the official kick-off to the holiday season, so there is little not to love about this very special holiday!

Over the years and many parties, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have made putting together tablescapes feel like a breeze instead of chore. When you are busy in the kitchen making sure the meal turns out, the last thing you need to be worried about is the decor.

I use these five rules below as a guideline when I’m setting my tables for any party. Instead of a chore, it’s become the fun preamble to the main event. Hopefully these tips will help you as you put together a special Friendsgiving that your BFFs won’t forget!

5 Tips to Setting a Memorable Friendsgiving Table

5 Tablesetting Tips

  1. Flowers: This is an easy one! Fresh flowers make a world of a difference. Whether you are a snipping some greenery from your yard, picking up a bundle from the bodega, or ordering in something fancy. You can never go wrong with fresh flowers!
  2. Texture: I say, the more texture the better! Like this woven table runner and these linen napkins. Adding in texture will make your space feel interesting and give the table depth.
  3. Ambiance: Candles, candles, and MORE candles! Using tea lights or filling beautiful vases like this one, can make a huge difference in the atmosphere. Also, I’ve noticed that people tend to stay at the table longer when there are candles… it relaxes everyone and keeps the conversation going!
  4. Personalization: Whether it’s a handmade place card, or a little daisy tucked into the napkins, a little thoughtfulness goes a long way!
  5. Comfort: Last but certainly not least! When looking for a dining room table I had two things in mind: comfort and size. I wanted the table to fit into the room design, sure… but more than that, I want my dinner guests to be able to comfortably cross their legs under the table and be able to cut food without elbowing each other! It seems like a tall order, but this table from Home Decorators Collection was exactly we were looking for!

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Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

With the help of The Home Depot, Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer created a new, festive dining space in her home for Friendsgiving dinner this year.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

What exactly is a Friendsgiving party? Friendsgiving is everything you love about Thanksgiving—cozy food, familiar company, lively laughter—except you invite your closest friends. In sum, it is an occasion to mingle with your closest friends around delicious, comforting dishes, and simply be together. Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat and drink with your friends, surrounded by an overwhelming aura of gratitude? Count me in!

Today I’m sharing my hosting tips for creating the perfect space and meal for a Friendsgiving dinner party!

Make the Invite

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Think of people you wouldn’t normally spend Thanksgiving with. Set the date, make the invite, and start planning! The occasion is centered around gratitude, so keep it simple and fun!

Shopping Online at The Home Depot

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

With the help of The Home Depot, we shopped online and ushered in the holiday spirit by creating a new, festive dining space in our home for this Friendsgiving dinner.

Starting in our dining room, we ordered a new dining room table and chairs. We put together our sleek, low-profile teak wood dining table and 8 retro, leather chairs that are beyond comfortable—beware, your guests might fall asleep right there at the table after one bite of turkey! The instructions are easy!

Ivers Black Metal Upholstered Dining Chair with Antique Brown Seat
Retro 78 inch Multi-Color Teak Dining Table

Set the Table

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

I love to lay everything out on the table before it’s set. It gives me inspiration for the color scheme, theme, and flowers or foliage to use. Arrange all the dishes you’ll need for the party, including linen napkins and glassware.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

We used a eucalyptus garland in the center of the table (tied together with fishing line), and added red pears and persimmons.

Next, we set the table with beautiful chargers, dishes, and linens.

Classic Linen Napkins Dark Gray (Set of 4)
Brown Metal Charger Plate
Kaya White Speckle 16-Piece Dinnerware Set (for 4)

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

The glassware is elegant and refracts light beautifully! We used tall water glasses and shorter wine glasses.

Artesano 20-1/4 oz. Clear Large Tumbler (4-Pack)
Artesano 9-3/4 oz. Clear White Wine Glass (4-Pack)

Appetizers and Wine

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

My favorite glass and wood decanter made the wine look (and taste) so lovely.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Speaking of wine, you must serve a delicious appetizer for Friendsgiving. On this beautiful board, we made an elegant charcuterie with two cheeses, red pears, fig jam, and tasty crackers. The cured meats were out of this world, and of course, we garnished it with rosemary (the herb of friendship).

Oval 15.5 in. Mango Wood and Marble Cheese Board
Vie 10 in. Glass and Wood Decanter

The Menu

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Our menu consisted a large roasted chicken, salads, rolls, and a yummy orange tomato soup! Remember, it just needs to be cozy; it doesn’t have to be fancy.

We also asked our guests to bring a salad and a bottle of wine!

Final Touch: Dessert and Espresso

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Next steps in the final touch for the ultimate Friendsgiving meal: Pumpkin Pie Squares!

Using our new KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer (in orange sorbet color), we whipped ahead the whipped cream for our pumpkin dessert. Whip and set aside in the fridge to stay cool.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Artisan Mini 3.5 Qt. 10-Speed Tilt-Head Orange Sorbet Stand Mixer
Commercial II True Jelly Roll Pan 15×10

The best dessert always takes a few extra steps to make it tasty and memorable.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Using our new food processor, we made the most delicious crust, and pressed it down into the 10×15 jelly roll pan. We whipped up the pumpkin mix in the stand mixer, and gently poured it into the partially cooked crust.

Custom 14-Cup 2-Speed Brushed Black Stainless Steel Food Processor with Pulse Control

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Next – bake to perfection! Serve with whipped cream and enjoy with a latte or espresso!

We feel the final touch to the perfect Friendsgiving Ddnner is to offer not only friendship, but coffee. 🙂

Using our new espresso machine, we ground fresh coffee, and whipped up cups of espresso (and lattes).

4-Cup 15-Bar White Espresso Machine and Cappuccino Maker with Advanced Cappuccino System
2 oz. Espresso Glass (2-Pack)

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

A great time was had by all and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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