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November 10, 2014  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Last night we had a wonderful Friendsgiving dinner and I wanted to share with you some details and pictures today! We started doing a Thanksgiving with friends a few weeks before the actual holiday about 6 years ago, but this year we hosted our largest group of 14 adults + 6 kids.

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Our first task was figuring out how are we going to fit 14 people around our table that seats 8 max?! The room isn’t wide enough to add length to the table, but there was room to add width and make it a giant square. We borrowed an old folding table from my parents and put a piece of wood that fit the dimensions of our table on top. To make the two match up we shimmed a few boards between the two.

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I got two large pieces of a charcoal gray fabric from the fabric store to serve as our tablecloth that made the two surfaces one even more. We didn’t have 14 matching table settings and instead of almost everything matching, we decided to embrace an eclectic group of layered plates in harvest colors.

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You know the best place to get a bunch of warm-toned plates with the occasional floral pattern? Thrift store.

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Most of the plates were 50 cents to a dollar and we (okay, I) had so much fun finding some treasures and mixing patterns on the larger plates with smaller ones.

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We kept the place cards simple–alternating apples and mini pumpkins with our friends’ names written on top. It was seasonal but no fuss. While we hosted the night, the food assignments were divided between everyone. There was so much amazing food. We, ourselves, took care of the mashed potatoes, turkey and drinks. Soma sent us one of their gorgeous glass water filtering carafes to try out and it was pretty enough to put right on the table from the fridge. The award winning filter is made from coconut shells and plant resin (so no little black floaties like the other water filter pitcher–you know) and works fast so when I had to refill it halfway through dinner, it took no time.

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Also, the beautiful shatter-resistant glass carafe keeps the water ice-cold, crisp and fresh. We dressed it up even more by adding a few lemon slices. We had to laugh when in between talking about our jobs, favorite shows, holiday plans–we found ourselves answering questions about the Soma over dinner. It really is a great concept and an even better company–every filter you buy from Soma includes a donation to charity and I love that they deliver replacement filters to your door every 60 days.

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It was such a fun night with amazing people. We feel so blessed to have friends close by to share a meal and laughs with–it’s something we don’t take for granted. Do you do a friendsgiving? Have you tried the Soma? I am going to get a couple for holiday gifts–I’ve got a whole table of friends interested. Ha!

Thanks to our friends for such a great night and to Soma for sponsoring this post. Water Filter Note: The Water Quality Association (WQA) tested Soma to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 requirements for materials safety, and chlorine, taste and odor reduction. PACE Analytical tested more specific contaminants both at EPA contaminant regulation levels and at NSF Standard 53 levels. The Soma water filter has been third-party verified to reduce lead, selenium and arsenic levels as well.

What do you think?

  1. p.s. Just saw Interstellar over the weekend and the film uses your water pitcher on the futuristic table! Cracked me up.

    Even more amusing, I whispered to my cousin, “That’s a really hip water pitcher you can actually buy, it’s on all the blogs right now…”

    okay, Lindsey, that was a little much.

  2. Erin says:

    We host “Misfits Thanksgiving” at our house every year, and this year will be the 9th annual. What started as a potluck with graduate school friends who weren’t able to travel home for Thanksgiving (hence the misfit title) has turned into a wonderful tradition with friends and delicious food. The first year there were two married couples and a bunch of single friends. Each year we’ve met boyfriends at this dinner table who now are husbands, and where we once ate at a card table, we now have a “kids table” for all of the children. Every year there is at least one new person we’ve never met before who tags along with a friend. It feels good to be thankful on that day with friends when many of us are far from family. Most of us admit that we enjoy Misfit Thanksgiving more than traditional Thanksgiving!

    • Julia says:

      Since living in a college town, my parents always bring in quite a few misfits, too. I think it is so nice. And I love hearing your experience with the same idea.

  3. Great idea to go thrifting for plates! You couldn’t find chargers on clearance for less. Love the look of the Soma! I’d love to try one. It’d be a big step up from my clunky Brita.

  4. caroline says:

    Hmm… I saw this before and it was so pretty but I was bummed that it was glass. We will be living in an RV soon so glass is really hard to keep safe. But shatterproof you say? I think I’m gonna have to test that one out…

  5. Ashley says:

    What a lovely dinner! Can I be your friend? ;)

  6. Melinda Page says:

    I love this so much I’m planning one right now! Thanks for the fun idea!

  7. Andrea says:

    Love the alternating apples and pumpkins for place settings!

  8. Shelby says:

    My fiance and I started a tradition with our friends called “Thanksmas”. We host it every year in between Thanksgiving and Christmas (this will be the 4th year). We combine both holidays by having a potluck Thanksgiving meal and then after dinner is a white elephant gift exchange. The gift exchange gets pretty intense because everyone brings a hilarious mix of gifts – things people wouldn’t want and things people steal for. It has been such a blast every year and everyone looks forward to it every year. :)

    We just bought our first home this year too so we have more room. I love how you created a giant square table. I just might have to do that so everyone can sit at the same table and in the same room! I also do not have a full set of plates yet either so I may be hitting up the thrift store for some fun plates. Or the dollar store. I LOVE going to the dollar store for party stuff.

  9. Rebecca W says:

    My friends are on to our 8th (I believe) Friendsgiving this year. We’ve went from the basement of the party house in college to various friends houses. We’re hosting for the first time in our second house (3rd time hosting all together) this year. I think we’ll have close to 15 adults and 3 kids. I love seeing everyone’s lives grow and change! Our Friendsgiving is the day after Thanksgiving so it will be a busy holiday but it’s the only time to get all the out of towners together.

  10. We had our first Friendsgiving last weekend (a nice way to also celebrate my hubby’s 29th birthday). What a wonderful idea!!!

    We had to keep it a small gathering since, like you, we only had so much tablespace! I had luck finding elegant stemless glassware at Home Goods, runner from West Elm, contrasting plate chargers and napkins at World Market, and made my own beautiful centerpiece with a few different red Trader Joes bouquets. The table was really exquisite. Everyone brought phenomenal food! We had a Christmas movie screening in the basement while we enjoyed pumpkin roll for dessert.

    My own whimsical little touch with putting guest’s full names in the NATO phonetic alphabet and tucking the namecards into the fork tines. It made for a fun icebreaker! I was Lima Echo Sierra.

    Your Friendsgiving looks so beautiful. Congrats on a smashing success.

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