Hosting a Friendsgiving is all exciting and cheerful until you’re too focused on the table’s aesthetic and decor and you forget to boil the water when the theme is pasta night. Speaking from experience, right when you think you have it all planned down to the playlist and seating chart, something comes up and all of a sudden you’re 30 minutes off schedule and your pasta is mush. Pastagiving fail pretty much sums up my first Friendsgiving hosting experience, but with one year under my belt, I’ve now learned a few tips to make the day or evening go as smoothly as possible.
First things first, set the table the night before so it’s one less thing to think about when you’re prepping the food day of. Next, have a checklist of everything timed out for the day—sounds crazy, but the more prepared the better. Believe me, this makes for a less chaotic morning, and you can actually enjoy the cooking process rather than scramble trying to do too many things at once. If you need some recipe inspiration, we suggest our gluten-free meatballs, Kourt’s signature family cheese borags, and keto-friendly cheesecake for dessert.
Now, on to the fun part—the decor for your Thanksgiving tablescape. Below, we’re sharing the essentials you might need for a chic and grammable table setting. Did we mention each item is under $100? Enjoy the company of your closest friends and family gathered for a delicious meal and delightful conversation with these hosting essentials. Cheers to the memories and a helluva Friendsgiving.
Crate & Barrel Camille 13 Oz. Long Stem Wine Glass
A solid adulting purchase is investing in matching stemware. Luckily these ring in under $15.
Saro Lifestyle Hemstitched Table Runner
Table runner or tablecloth? Either way, we suggest paying attention to features like eyelet details or frayed edges for a luxe look.
Jenni Kayne Woven Charger
If you prefer a plate charger, we envision these with the tan linen napkins placed on top.
Crate & Barrel Helena Dark Natural Linen Dinner Napkin
These napkins are a staple in Kourt’s house. Take a note from Jenni Kayne and tie the linens in a chic knot instead of using a napkin ring.
Ikea Korken Bottle with Stopper
Reduce single-use plastic with this everyday glass water bottle. It’s another essential you’ll find in Kourt’s house.
West Elm Organic Shaped Dinner Plates (Set of 4)
Thankful For Personalized Placecards
Add a personal touch for each guest.
Jenni Kayne Small Candlestick Holder
All about setting the right dim light with chic candles.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
No matter how much wine you serve, you won’t forget memories if you capture the moments.