Friendsgiving Success!


This is one Monday that I don't have to tell you how happy or how depressed I am about a recent Bengals game. The bye week was a nice change of pace… no stressing over 4 quarters of football for once! I gladly enjoyed the breather and just stalked my fantasy football team and bonded with my couch instead.

We held our first ever Friendsgiving this past Saturday and it was a blast! We originally thought we'd be hosting about 10-12 people, but ended up with just seven guests. Quite a few people had to cancel or couldn't come last minute, so we ended up with way more food than we needed. I definitely don't want to peel five pounds of potatoes again anytime soon.


I got adventurous and decided to make mashed potatoes in the crockpot which turned out to be a fabulous idea! They were so, so tasty- if I do say so myself! All the food we made and all the desserts our friends made were incredible. I totally feel like we could take on a "real" holiday now! Jared took care of the delicious ham; we chose not to do turkey because everyone will have enough of that this week. (AKA- we've never cooked a turkey and don't want to learn how just yet!)

And what's a holiday party without some fun decor??




Yes, we went ALL OUT with the paper plates & napkins ;)

It was great having our closest friends over for food, good conversation and games. I know we can't be the only group of friends that goes absolutely nuts over games… we are all too competitive for our own good, and many "arguments" over rules of Catch Phrase occurred. It was a hilarious night, to say the least! Oh, and the girls team WON!


Our conversation lasted well into the night and before we knew it, it was after midnight! I felt like such a party animal ;) I love having people in my life that are easy to hang out with. Easy to talk to, easy to laugh and have fun with even when we're doing nothing at all!! Friendsgiving, you win!

Have you hosted a holiday meal at your house? What's your favorite dish to make?? 

42 comments

  1. We were going to do this a few years ago and never did because I got so many excuses from friends that I decided it wasn't worth it. So maybe once I am in a house I'll give it a try again!

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  2. How fun! We have been talking about doing a "friendsgiving" but just got to caught up this year! Your decorations are ADORABLE!

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  3. Oooo, mashed potatoes in the crockpot sound good. The decorations look so cute! As does your shirt! So many cute things here! ;)

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  4. This looks so fun! Glad you had a great time :-)

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  5. glad everything turned out it sounds like so much fun!!!!

    We hosted Thanksgiving the past 2 years but since our dining room is now a playroom, we go to my parents now. I just loved having everyone over and the smells of all the yummy foods!!!

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  6. Aw! Your pics are so cute! I love this!!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  7. We usually make a dish for each holiday, and one year we hosted my husband's mom and step dad at our house for Christmas Eve. Our go-to dish is Roasted Brussel Sprouts, but we also like to get down on fancy cocktails.

    Paper plates for holidays are the best... less cleaning at the end!

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  8. My friends hosted a game night on Saturday night too...there was about 20 of us and we played ridiculous games until 2am. It got a little crazy!! :)

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  9. So fun! Great job, everything look wonderful! we hosted Christmas two years ago but my mom brought all the food - so it doesn't really count.

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  10. Looks like so much fun! P.S. that top picture? SO Christmas card worthy!

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  11. So so fun!! I'm glad everything went well! Knew you'd pull it off. :) Also, peeling potatoes is for the freaking birds!
    Love that picture of the guys with their legs crossed over the same way - too precious!

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  12. I LOVE your setup! So pretty! Making the potatoes in the crock pot sounds pretty smart. I finally gave in and learned to make a turkey last year - way easier than I thought, but ironically the first and last I will do since I'm veg now! hahaha

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  13. I hosted my first Thanksgiving meal a couple years ago....it was just my immediate family but I was still freaked out! Mainly about screwing up the turkey, which is easier than mashed potatoes in hindsight. Just remember the keys.....thaw that baby out,disposable roasting pan, turkey bag and pop up timer. Guaranteed winner and you just throw out the whole mess after its carved. I'm fancy like that.

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  14. So glad it turned out well for you! Did everyone end up having somewhere to sit? haha Your hair looks adorable like that!

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  15. SO much fun! We seriously had a blast, and those potatoes were YUMMMAAAYYY. Glad you liked my homemade cookie cake....... ;)

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  16. Not that this is totally relevant but Jareds beard in the first picture remind me of Ryan Gosling in the notebook...(see http://mtv-tv.mtvnimages.com/images/flipbooks-1/ryan-gosling-beard/enhanced-buzz-2308-1331226832-6.jpg?width=625) Ok I'm strange but I hope you had so much fun! I love the decorations!

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  17. Party animal! I'm lucky if I can stay up until 10pm... haha! We went to a concert on Friday and I was yawning by 9. I am sooo old, unfortunately haha!!! P.S. LOVE that top you're wearing!

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  18. I'm so glad everything went well!!! It looks like a blast and all that food yummm :) I'm crashing Peter's family's thanksgiving this year since my mom will be out of town to see my grandma - I can't wait to eat eat eat!

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  19. You looked adorable!! Cutest low side pony, ever! Probably stealing this look!

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  20. it looks like you had a blast!

    xo brie
    www.sophistifunkblog.com

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  21. Aww! I love your decorations and I'm sad that I didn't do anything like that for myself. I'm making promises to myself that next year, when we have a bigger place, I will decorate for every fun holiday! I'm so glad that your Friendsgiving turned out fun, as I knew it would. You and Jared look great! Is he doing the Movember (no shaving) thing? His beard is looking a little more furry, LOL!

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  22. My parents are always hosting "dinner parties" and having friends over for game night and I think I definitely inherited that trait from them! I can't wait until we have a home of our own to invite people to. It looks like so much fun!

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  23. Looks amazing! I am so sad we decided to not have a friendsgiving this year. We will definitely not be missing out next year!

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  24. Awww! How fun! The food looks great, too!

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  25. GIRL! You looked absolutely adorable!! Your hair! That shirt! I love! =D

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  26. This is all so cute, including you! Love that shirt!

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  27. Looks like so much fun! I want to do something like this for our friends for Christmas. Too much was going on this month to do it for Thanksgiving. And our family always uses paper plates for Thanksgiving. They're actually paper trays with divided sections, almost lunch tray style, and they're awesome! We originally started using them because my sister has a thing about foods touching each other, but we couldn't imagine not having them now. They rock! No shame in avoiding more dishes!! ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  28. Love the "Give thanks" banner...Very cute! We also did friendsgiving for the first time this year and will definitely be doing it every year moving forward. It's also a great excuse to eat two thanksgiving plates of food ;-)

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  29. Yay for a successful Friendsgiving! There's one in our neighborhood on Saturday. We host Thanksgiving every year and, well, Aaron pretty much does all the cooking. Bonus!

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  30. Aww this is too cute! Love the banner. Tell me about the mashed potatoes in the crock pot!

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  31. What a fun night with friends! Love the give thanks banner & do share the mashed potato crock pot recipe!

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  32. Looks like a great night! Did you say 5lbs of potatoes!? Dang girl!

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  33. Oh fun!! I'm glad it turned out so well!! :)

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  34. I love that turkey! And I love the EAT sign in your kitchen. I've been looking for letters to do the same thing. I'm cooking Thanksgiving lunch for us. I'm just doing a turkey breast since it's just the 4 of us. Glad you got a nice breather :)

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  35. I just love this and you friend. You look fabulous and I know it was just amazing.

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  36. It looks like you guys had so much fun and everything looks so nice!! Sometimes smaller, more intimate groups are best! You look great! Keep up the good work! :)

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  37. This party looks so cute! We do a Friendsgiving every year, but I get so caught up making the food that I don't decorate nearly enough!

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  38. Yay! So happy you had a good time :) I definitely think I will be planning one of these for next year :)

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  39. Looks like a blast & that banner is awesome :-) Pretty lady!!

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  40. We had about the same amount and at first I was a little disappointed that everyone couldn't make it but I more than enjoyed our small group and realized it's not about the amount of people but who you are with. SO glad your Friendsgiving turned out so well!! Love all the decorations :) and CUH-UTE shirt!!

    p.s. we used paper plates and napkins too :) makes for an easy clean up that's for sure lol

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