How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess from The Golden Girl to share her must-have kitchen and home décor pieces for the perfect Friendsgiving dinner.

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The holidays are here, the holidays are here!

Sounds a little crazy, right? Wasn’t it JUST Halloween? If you can believe it, Thanksgiving is coming up fast, which brings both excitement AND stress. (Hopefully more of the former and less of the latter!)

One of the best parts of the holidays is the excuse to get together not just with family, but friends, too! Hosting Friendsgiving is a great way to get all of your favorite people under one roof and do it with very little stress – and on a budget, too!

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Although I love to throw a great party, I’m not very well-equipped when it comes to things like decorative place settings, beautiful platters and things of that nature. I love the layered look of soft linens and earthy serveware, but as you all know, it can get to be pricey when hosting large parties.

When I decided to throw a last-minute Friendsgiving, I headed to Meijer to pick up both my grocery essentials and all the entertaining staples I’d need. (Who knew I could afford such trendy matching flatware?) Next time you go to Meijer, keep these tips close at hand, so you can put together your own Friendsgiving in a snap!

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Decide on a color scheme

It’s always helpful to decide on a color scheme right off the bat, which prevents any wishy-washiness in-store. I tend to gravitate toward neutrals and metallics, as they’re suitable for nearly every occasion and pops of gold make anything feel festive!

I went with this gold and white tablecloth and matching gold and white napkins from Meijer. This is a foolproof color scheme if you’re like me and already have white dishes because they make it easy to dress up your table in other ways.

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Incorporate wood elements

One of the biggest trends for fall is bringing the outdoors in, so I knew when I saw these place card holders at Meijer, they were perfect for the occasion! (Plus, creating name cards is about the easiest way to make any table look fancy, you know?)

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Keeping with my neutrals + wood theme, I picked up this wooden flatware (I didn’t know that silverware could have a Midcentury Modern feel, but I am so into it) and wooden salad plates, which look perfect set atop white dinner plates.  I got so many compliments on these when my girlfriends sat down for dinner!

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I also picked up this wooden serving platter. It’s not just pretty to look at; it’s elongated shape is a bit deeper than your normal platter, so it’s perfect for serving everything from salad, to cheese, to crostini, to your main course!

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Set the mood

Candles always make everything feel more special, so I picked up these vintage-inspired glass candlestick holders and simple white candlesticks from Meijer’s candle aisle. They only set me back a few bucks, but really go a long way to make the room feel fancy and cozy.

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Keep appetizers simple

When you’re hosting a Friendsgiving, you already have a lot on your plate (no pun intended!) so it’s best to keep your food as simple as possible. When I saw this adorable cheese board (less than $30!) at Meijer, I knew a charcuterie would be a great bet for appetizers. All you have to do is pick up a few cheeses, some bite-size salami and a bit of fruit, and you’re good to go! No cooking required.

I also made a small salad, which I served as guests sat down. You don’t want people to completely fill up on appetizers – plus, a cheese board makes you seem extra fancy!

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Divvy up the workload

Just because you’re the host doesn’t mean you have to do all the work! Divvy up the workload – focus on the main course and the appetizers, and ask everyone else to bring a side or dessert. That way you can actually enjoy your Friendsgiving along with your guests!

What are your tips for hosting the perfect Friendsgiving?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a fun lifestyle blog full of tips on shopping, travel, décor and DIY. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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