I’ve wanted to host a friendsgiving for about two years now. Two years ago, I was living in 640 sq ft home with no dining table. Last year, I was one month into my new home, again, with no dining table. This year, BAM!, friendsgiving. I made a pretty good group of friends here in west palm. We had dinner parties…. or wine parties often and we called ourselves the YPUG… an inside name for our little group and gatherings. &Believe it or not, I actually met a fair amount of them while working on the food truck. I’d run into the oh so familiar faces while out downtown… and it turned out those faces belonged to some of the most amazing and positive people I could meet. We all mostly came together one by one…and hung out often. Since the time that I met those friends to now, more than half of them have moved elsewhere, (damn you south Florida for being such a transient place) but I still have two guy friends from that group that are around that I enjoy very much. I also have Steph &Claudia, that I’ve been lucky enough to meet through this vast internet space, that I love very, very much… who also have amazing children (and husbands) that I love very, very much. Between those people, my favorite people in the whole world, Alex &Marlowe, and this home of ours with a (picnic) table, this friendsgving all came together perfectly.

I’d say this turkey was a good use of my midnight multitasking time // sweet girl patiently waiting for friends to color with.

napkins: dot &army

thank you’s

&baby trudy dropped by… and my brother and his wifey too 🙂
Today was a blast. I couldn’t have asked for a smoother day or better people to spend it with… well, I mean, I would have liked to invite like ten more people… but maybe that will have to be next year 🙂 I prepped the gravy, cranberry sauce, and my first ever sweet potato pie last night. And while waiting for my pie to bake last night, I taped on some craft paper to Marlowe’s kids table and drew a turkey outline for the kids to color while the grownups got together to pour their wine and get settled 🙂
Alex and I woke up early early this morning to start cracking on the rest of our food prep, since our meal was planned for 1030 am(!), ensuring Alex would be able to spend enough time with everyone before leaving for work. Early-ish yes, but I mean…. a brunch-thanksgiving sounds pretty good with biscuits and everything else. And if I’m being completely honest, I’d eat this over waffles or breakfast any morning 🙂 Mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, biscuits, gravy, pie, cranberry apple sauce, a vegan loaf, wine, and more wine. Everything was vegan, minus one dish. I think it all turned out pretty good! We had three tables. The adults, the little kiddos, and the bigger girls. We ate, played, and most of our friends took off not long after Alex. And Will, Claudia, and I spent the rest of our delicious and full sunday together…. into the evening, while the girls played.
My house is now tidy once again, M is sleeping, I just ate another round of leftovers, I’m about to pour one more glass of wine, and well, I’m a very satisfied kind of sleepy. It was a good day. I’m very thankful for this friendsgiving 🙂
&&In case you’re looking for any last minute easy vegan thanksgiving recipes, I’ll have recipes up tomorrow night or the next morning!
Happy new week, friends!
ps. you can see claudia’s photos: HERE!


  1. That looks like a really wonderful gathering. Glad you had a lovely time. Looking forward to seeing your vegan thanksgiving recipes.

  2. How fun! I wanted to host a friends giving as well, but also, no real dinning table (we have a very small homemade table that barely fits us two)..So not this year, but hopefully in a few years i'll be able to host my very own friendsgiving. Happy Monday!

    • if you don't have a table next year: picnic friendsgiving! BAM. I wish I had thought of that before.

  3. I love it!

    I've seen a lot of people doing friendsgiving this year, and I'm so, so jealous. All of my beautiful friends live in different states, so it would be nearly impossible to get everyone together. Everyone looks so happy in your pictures! Hope you had a great day.

    • Thats the hardest! I've had all my closest friends living thousands of miles from me for so long.. it's nice to finally develop a good group of friends here in south florida. <3<3

  4. That looks like such a wonderful time! I love the idea of having a Friendsgiving. Your decorations look beautiful, and the food looks so delicious!

  5. thank you so much for having us over. best friendsgiving ever! i wish i could have that pie for breakfast…. xoxo

  6. What a lovely idea. I love all of the little details that you created for this event. Being far from home, my husband and I are forced to have our own Friendsgiving potluck this year. Spending time with friends during the holiday season is a wonderful thing 🙂

    ♡ Natalie of LIVE TEACH ALASKA

    • Ah I wanted to do a potluck, but I didn't want non vegans to feel forced to bring vegan stuff… but a potluck sounds so amazing. Have a wonderful time!

  7. This looks like such a good time 🙂 I also think of future parties I want to host when I get into my own home. And this put me in the mood for thanksgiving food… the best.

    • I never ever liked throwing parties… I used to always leave the house when my roommates through them in college… but now, I love them. Especially smaller things like this 🙂