A Look At My Friendsgiving

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.

P.S I’m wearing Rebecca Taylor jeans and a Grayson shirt.

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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7 thoughts on “A Look At My Friendsgiving

  • Reply Jen November 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

    First off you are so cute !!! And we are having sushi and a cheese plate. I’m Waiting for you to see a blog on how you make a cheese plate. I love other ideas.

    • Reply latonya November 26, 2019 at 9:50 am

      hi jen! thank you! Yes, i’ll do a little how-to one day soon! Hope you have the best time. xo

  • Reply Susan Krzywicki November 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    That second photo – so inviting!

    Happy Thanksgiving

    • Reply latonya November 26, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Susan!


    • Reply Lolade Taylor November 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      I love everything about this post!! Your home is so cozy and inviting, thank you for sharing. You are truly lovely!

      • Reply latonya November 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm

        Thank you!!!!! That makes me happy to know that cozy can be read even via photographs. It was such a sweet night, and looking forward to more as the season goes on!

        You’re so kind. Thank you, Lola ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Willow November 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

    This made me so happy and full of joy! I live in Montreal so my Thanksgiving was last month but seeing this post has inspired me to continue my redecoration and winter cleaning journey so that I can host friends all winter long! Definitely keeps the blues away.


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