Tobe R. is our fearless leader here at Think.Make.Share, but she’s also an accomplished lettering artist, graphic designer, brass collector and interior decorator. Today, she’s sharing the first of three posts about our Friendsgiving extravaganza, a collaboration between Think.Make.Share, Gimme Some Oven and Because It’s Awesome, Tobe’s personal blog.
As we were dreaming up content to share with you guys this holiday season, we knew that Thanksgiving inspiration was definitely in order. And I can’t think of too many things more delightful than an excuse to get together with friends (or co-workers) for a little Friendsgiving celebration.
Now, I love me a gorgeous tabletop and elaborate meal as much as the next person. But as I started collecting ideas and inspiration, I couldn’t help but think about the real reason we get together on this day: to give thanks and enjoy the people and blessings we’re most grateful for.
So with the help of the very talented Ali of Gimme Some Oven, we put together a low-stress meal (sides only!) and a no-fuss Friendsgiving tabletop so the focus could be on great conversation with special friends.
Ali will be sharing some of her delicious recipes later this week, and we’ll give details for making your floral arrangement out of grocery store flowers (and produce!) next week. Today is all about getting the same overall look for your own Friendsgiving tabletop this season.
My number one rule: Set a neutral base so you can get creative without breaking the bank year after year! An ivory tablecloth and everyday white china do just that. If you like a lot of texture on your table, wood or woven chargers in a natural material are a great touch. I am a huge fan of all things vintage—especially brass—and I knew that I wanted some of my quirky brass menagerie collection to come into play. So I tried to keep the tabletop pretty simple to allow those hits of gold to really shine. Vintage flatware (gold, of course) and highball glasses add a nice contrast to the modern white dinnerware. I couldn’t resist the patterned napkins for a little pop, as they play off the painted feather place settings perfectly! Of course, warm candlelight is always a lovely finishing touch. Everyone looks great in the glow, and it sets the mood for conversation that runs late into the evening.
Each setting included a place card with space to tell each guest why I’m grateful to have them in my life (download yours free here) and a Hallmark card for them to pay it forward. I kept the messages light and playful to set a fun and casual tone for the evening. (Check out these tips from our friends at Hallmark.com for some great idea starters if you’re stumped on what to say!) The painted feathers created in Em’s workshop were perfect for adding a seasonal punch of color at each seat. I’m looking forward to doing that project with my daughter for our family gathering this year!
Photography by Jane Kortright.
Stay tuned for more Friendsgiving details later this week! And, as always, we love to see how you celebrate time with friends and family around the holidays. Show us your holiday inspiration on Instagram @Think.Make.Share.