Style It – How to Throw the Perfect Friendsgiving

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Growing up my Thanksgivings were always more of the Friendsgiving variety, as my mom would invite those from our church and around town that didn’t have family of their own to celebrate with. One year we had 40+ people! So you can say that I am of the “more the merrier” philosophy. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. Today I will share how to throw an easy and casual colorful Friendsgiving celebration. No need to be formal here, the new Brit+Co for Cheeky paper plates, napkins, and cups are the perfect no hassle supplies to get your meal started off on the right foot.

What I like most about a Friendsgiving celebration is there is no need to be formal. Throw the notion of a perfectly set table and 5 different pieces of flatware out the window. A few colorful paper plates, napkins, and gold plastic cutlery will work just fine!

I ended up using the napkins and colors in the new Brit + Co for Cheeky line as my inspiration for the entire Friendsgiving table. In addition to the navy, turquoise, pink, and lime green found in the collection, I also added in touches of copper and peach. These are definitely not your traditional fall colors, but I love the way they look together.

The first thing I did when setting up my table was to create a piece of art on the wall behind my table. Using the paper napkins, I created paper pinwheels and stapled them to the wall.

To make your own paper pinwheels, begin by opening up two napkins into a 12″ square and laying them on top of each other. Then accordion fold the napkins at about a 1/2″ fold. Separate the napkins and glue them together along one edge to create a long accordion folded piece. Gather the folds back together and staple in the middle to hold the center of the pinwheel together. Then fold out the sides and glue them together to get your circle shape.

Once you start, you will see how these come together in no time at all, and with 36 napkins in a pack, you can make 18 pinwheels for only $3.59, that is quite a lot of bang for your buck.

After I had all my pinwheels made (plus a few solid color ones to break up the pattern a bit), I used a stapler to attach them to the wall. I also added in a few spray painted foam leaves in my color palate and a Thankful banner from the Target dollar section.

Once the backdrop was complete, it was time to move on to the table. I kept the table setting simple with a mustard yellow piece of fabric as the table cloth with a few more painted foam leaves in the middle. Then to that I added a centerpiece of flowers, a few real pumpkins, a few faux pumpkins that I spray painted and filled with more flowers, and a few taper candles in my DIY marble and copper stands
For the plates I used the Brit + Co for Cheeky navy and aqua dip with white confetti and the napkins where their multi color confetti style. Add in some gold plastic flatware and the table was set. 

The last important piece of Friendsgiving is of course the bar cart. Because it’s not a party unless there are drinks!

To tie the bar cart decorations into the rest of the Friendsgiving table, I used the same painted foam leaves from the craft store (just a touch of spray paint is all that is needed to transform the leaves into the perfect colors). With a bit of hot glue I attached the leaves to each other to create 1′ long drapes of leaves, then used a stapler to attach them to the wall behind the bar cart. 

On the bar cart itself, is dessert, a pretty cocktail shaker, drinks, cups, and more napkins. I also used the shelves underneath the cart to hold extra drinks, cups, napkins, plates, and cutlery. 

There you have it! A no fuss, super colorful Friendsgiving celebration. Just remember when planning your own to have fun with it. That is the beauty of Friendsgiving!

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  1. Meredith says:

    This is ADORABLE!!! I love the color scheme and pinwheel napkins.



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