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Last Minute 4-Step Friendsgiving

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? If you are freaking out that you haven't planned your Friendsgiving beyond setting the date, we are breaking it down for you on how to host a simple Friendsgiving brunch or dinner - that complies with safe and small gatherings. Maybe this year, we're talking about you and your roommates, be it family or friends.

All tableware details are linked at the bottom of this post!

1. Setting the Guest List

Who is coming to the party? Many this season are challenged with to host or not to host. If you're able to stay in a small and safe group of 10 or fewer, here a few things to consider.

* Self quarantine individually before you come together to avoid added exposure.

* Have a party with just your roommates, family or friends.

* Asses the risk level of all the guests, everyone is on the scale somewhere. If everyone feels comfortable to gather, and you can do it in a safe way while avoiding high risk family members, this is something to consider. Also, masks with family work too!

* Host a party for two, you and your significant other - why be boring? And don't forget about your neighbor that may be alone this season, deliver a fresh baked pie from a local bakehouse. We'e recommending Honey & Rye, and already have our order in!

2. Plan the Menu

Are you supplying the entire meal yourself? Always remember, you don't have to do this alone :) People are always more than willing to bring something. Maybe it's a baguette, or a bottle of wine? Maybe even dessert. Let your guests know how they can help out. This year, assign each roommate a job, prepping the food, making the online grocery cart, cutting and serving + don't forget cleanup!

If you assign each person a course, your job is done! Our kids are currently 12, almost 13 and 15 years old. It's fun to include them in these tasks and help with selecting recipes and execution.

I am not going to provide you with all of my secret recipes because I'm sure there must be a infamous recipe you are hiding from me as well. If not, my go-to is Half Baked Harvest Simple Recipes. I also follow local food blogger Fit Foodie Finds, they're on top of easy and fresh recipes for the season.

3. Set the Table

This is the best part... or at least my favorite; setting the table. It's no secret around here, we appreciate the way things look. What an easy way to set the ambiance for your dinner. Take into consideration the size of your table and counter space so you can make sure you have enough seating for your guests. I always suggest doing a buffet style if you have space for it.

It's Friendsgiving; ditch the paper cups and bring out those champagne flutes you splurged on last year.

In our house we always use linen napkins, if you don't have any, I suggest investing in some! Linen napkins are not only eco-friendly, they can be super affordable and add a level of luxe to impress your guests. We love supporting local when possible, check out these linen napkins from The Foundry.

4. Have Fun and Enjoy

Soak it all in. Friendsgiving is all about coming together and spending quality time with the ones you love. Take time to relax, it's always one of my favorite days - the email and texts messages come to a halt! For this, I am grateful.

Brunch Inspired

Our first look is for a brunch inspired Friendsgiving. We love the warm glow of this color palette mixed with fall colors.

Casual Dinner

Our second look is for a casual dinner course. This is a more muted color palette, nonetheless perfect for a meal that will steal the show.

Large black plate | White flutter plate | Terracotta linen napkin | Silverware

Champagne flutes | Black wooden vase | Amber glass jar | Antler napkin rings

Large black plate | Light neutral plate | Gingham linen napkin | Silverware

Glass tumblers | Table runner | Candle holders | Candle sticks | Black wire basket

Make sure to take pictures of your Friendsgiving and tag us on instagram, we would love to see you using our styling tips in your home. We love being a resource for you, as a disclosure, this post contains affiliate links. If you click on one of them, we may receive a small commission (for which we are very grateful for) at no extra cost to you.

Thank you for following along,

Katie Kath + Jkath Team

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