Friendsgiving

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Friendsgiving

Brianne Howard

Posted on October 30 2018

Friends are the family that we get to choose & there’s no better time to celebrate these relationships than Friendsgiving. This “new holiday” has quickly emerged because who would argue with two turkey days & an excuse to get glam with your girlfriends? Essentially, when it comes to Friendsgiving- forgo the customary. The only rule? There are no rules! 

 

Stella Ivy is here to make sure your day is as [fashionably] fulfilling as the savory turkey and sides you’re about to enjoy with your squad! Praise the Lord & pass the pumpkin pie!

 

WHAT TO WEAR

Dressed to Impress in BuddyLove

 

 

Festive + On-Trend

 

 

Casual + Cute

 

Cozy + Comfy in our Boy Bye Sweater

 

 

Must-Have Ankle Booties by Dolce Vita

 

 

Must-Have Heeled Booties by Dolce Vita

 

 

TO DO:

 

 Schedule Your Friendsgiving 

•You might consider holding your feast earlier in the month to prevent turkey fatigue. 

• Are you going to include significant others &/or children? Is so plan accordingly [translation: kids table & football]

• Make a FB event group if you don’t want the hassle of invites. 

• Encourage a “pot-luck” to avoid becoming overwhelmed. 


 

Set the Scene/Serving

Whether you use fine china or paper Chinet, there are a million ways to establish a simply fabulous scene. Want to jazz the event up? This is the perfect time to use the china or elegant everyday dinnerware that you never get to use.

 

 

We love the plates below for an easy clean-up that still looks elegant!
    White >> https://amzn.to/2zgudTe
    Gold >> https://amzn.to/2SCpqV4
    Rose Gold >> https://amzn.to/2JsctZw
    Silver >> https://amzn.to/2SzKH1k
      We love these place-mats and chargers for added details!

        Fall-Themed Place Mats (on sale) >> http://bit.ly/2JqlyCl
        Neutral Place Mats for any Occasion >> http://bit.ly/2Ogx6bU
        Plaid Place Mats >> http://bit.ly/2qkMx9q
        My favorite >>http://bit.ly/2OXhgbA
        Glam Chargers >> http://bit.ly/2qj4llt
        Gold Chargers >> http://bit.ly/2qko7gE

        Beautiful Glassware will take your event up a notch!

        Gold Accent Glasses >> Ultimate Gifts in Southaven http://bit.ly/2DecOPc

        Tablescape/Decor 

          Avoid the symmetry norm and add varying heights.
          Warm things up with fall colors and candles.
          Add Autumn florals and blooms to your beautiful table.

          Decor to Drool Over:
            Table Decor>>https://www.pinterest.com/pin/37014028173868548/
            Photo Props >> https://www.pinterest.com/pin/37014028173863471/
            Smore Bar >> https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AUl2dI5Ns5zq6TVU_gRdnjKJ1eJ07Q4J-piBM15VypMMaYn2G3oRq8Y/
            Another Smore Bar >>https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AU2Zd-N-BHrkQAYICKl2wpPAjpzyt5BMVzxNQtOZagg8mnb5rll8g2I/

             

             

            Photo Credit >> http://onestylishparty.com/ways-to-style-a-balloon-garland/

             

            Other Necessities:

            Candles and Candlesticks to make your home smell like fall!

            Fave Candle >> Oxford Candles (Stella Ivy Boutique)

            Bathroom Essentials >> Wooden Door in Olive Branch http://bit.ly/2qhBLRv

            Cute Hostess Gift >> Tea Towels at Paisley Pineapple in Olive Branch http://bit.ly/2SwUYLV

             

            Plan the Menu

            Turkey is obviously top priority when it comes to Friendsgiving menu planning! For all of you domestically challenged divas (& even sassy seasoned chefs), DO NOT attempt to cook your first turkey on the day of your celebration! There’s a strong chance this will end in disaster! :) [see the turkey carving scene in Christmas Vacation]

             

            Not much on cooking? There is hope! Ham is an awesome alternative to its tasty turkey counterpart, & so much easier to cook! Overwhelmed? Hunny, go to Honey Baked Ham! No one ever has to know that you didn't cook it.

            Sweet & Savory Ham

            bone-in spiral sliced pre-cooked ham 
            2 cups white granulated sugar
            1 teaspoon onion powder
            1 teaspoon cinnamon
            1 teaspoon nutmeg 
            1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
            1/2 teaspoon ground clove
            1/2 teaspoon paprika
            2 to 4 Tablespoons water

            Score outside of ham into diamond shapes and place in crock-pot. Add about 2 cups of water to bottom of pot. Heat on low for about 3 hours until heated through.

            Combine the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan. Add enough water until you get a thick syrup (about 2 to 4 Tablespoons). Bring the syrup to a boil on the stove top. Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

            Remove ham from crock-pot and place in a foil lined baking pan. Baste ham with syrup. Place ham in oven and broil at 500° for 1 to 3 minutes until syrup starts to bubble. Keep an eye on the ham while it is in the oven.

            Recipe Credit >> http://ladywiththeredrocker.com/2012/12/10/the-best-copy-cat-honey-baked-ham/

             

             

            Simple Sides and Appetizers that we love for Friendsgiving:

            Credit: Shop the Sweet Things

            • Fried Mashed Potato Balls
            • Creamed Corn
            • Charcuterie Boards
            • Green Bean Casserole
            • Sweet Potato Casserole
            • Pecan Pie
            • Chess Squares
            • Pumpkin Pie

            Clear Skies?

              Consider doing a bonfire, but don't forget the smores.

                Picture Credit: Hi Miss Puff

                 

                Want to send your besties home with a little treat? We LOVE these cookies from The Painted Cookie in Olive Branch, MS. You can find this amazing company on Facebook and Insta!

                Regardless of how you plan your day, as long as your table is full of friends who are fabulously dressed :) [& your friends are full of delicious food], consider your Friendsgiving a success! 

                 

                [Important to remember: calories do not count of Friendsgiving!! So go ahead and gobble until you wobble!]

                 

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