We are just a few days away from Thanksgiving, which kicks off the holiday buzz in many homes. I’ve already kicked it off with a celebration of my very own! Last weekend, with dear friends, I hosted a Friendsgiving in my apartment. I spent the week prior keeping my apartment nice and clean, so that the day of only consisted of cooking, music, and dancing with the kids. I joked that I cooked enough to make up for the fact that I hardly cooked this year. But truthfully, it was a rare and welcomed cooking experience. Every dish seemed seemless, the kids were in the best moods, and my friends provided their own dishes, desserts and wine to compliment things I already provided.
I know many of you are already putting finishing touches on your menus and ordering the last bit of groceries. That’s not the case for me this year. Besides last weekend’s Friendsgiving, I’m not hosting. I have a relaxing day of being present with the kids, walking, crafting, and stopping by a friend’s after a nap, planned. Friendsgiving turned out to be more than enough for me.
Here’s photos of the evening…
I was still cooking when friends arrived, so they provided me with wine as I finished. If you ask me, it’s the best gift for the host!
Langston, sniffing out the acorn squash. Only to hide in the bedroom the rest of the night.
I know a cheese plate at Thanksgiving may be questionable for some, but I knew folks would be hanging around for a bit before we ate. Also, my Thanksgiving was more like a party, which seemed like the perfect reason to put my charcuterie skills to task.
I don’t eat meat. But back when I did, I used to make a mean whole chicken! On special occasions, I get to put my reciepe to the test. My friends said it was incredibly juicy and delicious. Especially, for a vegeterian chef!
The kids snuck around, ate a lot of pie and happily played out in their rooms.
My sister and I danced, we laughed hard, and talked with friends until my mouth felt full of cotton.The party was supposed to end at 8, but of course the last guests didn’t leave until 1 AM! The next morning, while chatting over coffee, my friend said that that’s always a sign of a good party. I agree.
Are you hosting this year? And have you ever hosted a friendsgiving? I really love the informal nature of this versus a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with just family.
Many of the pots and pans I use in the post are c/o Equal Parts, you can use LATONYA15 for 15% off any Equal Parts purchase. Much of the produce was c/o of Misfits market, I really love their mission!
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