Friendsgiving 2014

It’s December everyone!! Ahhh! Christmas is only 25 days away and I finally decorated the apartment (photos to come later), but I wanted to share with you all the Friendsgiving that I had last Thursday. Funny thing to mention first is that my post about table decor inspiration was way off of what I actually did. lol. I meant to make it rustic, greenery and hand drawn calligraphy, but instead I used what I had and had to print off calligraphy name cards instead of hand making them. I felt bad, but it’s okay because it’s just decoration. :) I did add a touch of gold with my washi tape tho!

This year I asked my friends to bring gluten + milk free and vegetarian dishes to eat. We are all vegetarian, T and I are gluten + milk free, and Chelsea is milk free. It was really nice to have a meal where T and I could eat anything off the table. We made the main dish. A delicious veggie loaf packed with brown rice, lentils, onion, garlic, carrot, celery, kale, mushrooms, oat flour, flax seed, walnuts, cranberries and all sorts of spices. Mmm…makes me hungry just listing all that was in it! We also made a wild rice and mushroom stuffing as well as chocolate peanut butter cookies. The rest of the clan brought cheese biscuits, desserts (listed at end of post) and drinks. We all ate until our bellies were full and played a few rounds of board games.

I had fun scrounging through my cupboards, boxes and bags for decorations, but I think I managed to make the room feel fun and festive.

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The table set up.

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T and I finally bought grownup flatware! Wohoo! Before we were using ugly plastic bamboo as the handle looking ones and that was one thing I was not having my guests eat from. ha! So the day before Thanksgiving we walked to a restaurant supply store here in town and got a good deal on a set of forks, spoons and knives.

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The placemats were something I found at an antique store a few years back. I only had four mats and four napkins, so I just used the napkins as placemats too! Creative thinking huh? Or is it more like I waited until last minute to decorate? ;)

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We fit six people at the table and two people sat at the couch with tv trays that I borrowed from my Grandmother.

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Right before T and I began cooking the veggieloaf (that I totally forgot to get a photo of!), we hung a few Christmas lights up to make the room feel festive. I then retook photos of the table to add a bit of pizzaz to them.

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After we cooked everything, while waiting on everyone to arrive, I snapped a few more photos of the feel of the night. We only used Christmas lights and candles to fill the room with a good ambiance and yummy smells!

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Switched to black and white because it was a tad bit too dark.

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Dessert table sans dessert. ;)

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I was having too much fun and forgot to take more photos of everyone! But I did snap a few.

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The only food photos I got were of the dessert. ha! They were all so delicious. Caitlin made the chocolate cupcakes, Chelsea and Travis made the pumpkin bread, and I made the cookies.

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Overall, a wonderful evening filled with gluten + milk free and vegetarian food, friends and laughter. I love my friends and I love throwing parties, so I say it was a good evening!

How was your Thanksgiving?

Peace + love, Jaclyn