Alex and I were so excited to just host our first Friendsgiving! Each Sunday night we're in town, between six and eight of us gather at a neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant (Phuong Long) to slurp bowls of pho and share wildly entertaining stories from our past week and weekends. I opted to change the location and cuisine last Sunday to our house for a Friendsgiving affair. An elevated yet traditional Thanksgiving menu, a rustic tablescape, and red wine replaced our usual bowls of noodles. Nonetheless, the company was excellent, and the potluck was top-notch. Keep scrolling for the tablescape details, captured beautifully by Mary Kate Steele Photography.
We just added a Q Squared dinnerware collection to our mix just in time for Friendsgiving, and I couldn't be happier with the look, feel and finish of the product. Lightweight and organically hued and textured, dishwasher-safe and shatterproof -- what more could you ask for a dinner party? I totally stumped my friends when revealing the dish set wasn't artisanal pottery but, instead, a unique blend of melamine and bamboo.
I tucked a hemstitch linen napkin between the dinner and appetizer plates for easy reach. Then, in the center of each salad bowl, I found a darling wood tag, on which I hand-calligraphied each name and tied to a sprig of sage or rosemary.
A copper mug comprised each guest's water glass -- I stole this idea from my mother, who brilliantly thought of its use at our wedding reception! The metal look tied in with our antique brass table chairs.
A darling oak-leaf paper table runner (now on sale!) lined the kitchen table, which I then dotted with mini candle votives. A homemade apple pie from Wilson Cafe in the Arkansas delta served as our prime centerpiece; it was tortuous to wait until the end of our meal, but it provided extra motivation to not over-eat and save room for dessert! We piled our plates high with cinnamon-y apples, flaky crust and scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. I was lucky enough to take part in a private pie-making lesson from co-owner Sharî Haley herself -- get the details and recipe here.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and take bits of inspiration from our table to yours!
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