The holidays are all about tradition – taking part in the old ones and embracing the new ones. I’m hoping that this past weekend my husband and I started one of our own traditions: a “friendsgiving” feast. We both love to entertain and knew we wanted to host some sort of annual holiday party in our new home, but rather than add one more thing to people’s busy calendars during December, we decided a Thanksgiving dinner would be just the thing. So on Saturday evening, we hosted a party of 20 for a night of delicious food (everyone brought a dish making it one of the most delicious Thanksgiving spreads I’ve ever seen), bottomless glasses, great conversation and the best of friends.
As I’ve mentioned, I love to entertain so planning the party was one of the most fun parts for me. First things first: where would I seat 20 people? Here’s the good news about not having any furniture in your living room yet: there’s plenty of room for a dinner party. (We enjoyed having dinner in there so much that our rushed incentive to buy living room furniture has diminished a bit. We think we’ll use it for dinner parties like this, at least for a little while.) I knew I wanted to use my Hermès wedding china but I wanted to find a way to make it feel a little more “Thanksgiving-esque.” After seeing so many citrus-inspired tables, I decided clementines would be a perfect accent and then from there use a color palette of various oranges (it is #projectorangedoor‘s signature color, after all) for the table. I mixed in all of my favorites: Kim Seybert placemats, Waylande Gregory S & P shakers, and monogrammed napkins from Lettermade. I topped off each place setting with simple glassware from Pottery Barn (on major sale right now) and a Rifle Paper Co.’s turkey place card. The table turned out to be festive and fun – just like the party itself.
(P.S. If you’re looking for some things for your holiday table, I strongly recommend heading over to One Kings Lane right now. Their tabletop section has some really fun things right now (these vintage glasses!) and the prices can’t be beat.)
Place cards: Rifle Paper Co. // Placemats: Old (similar here and here) // China: Hermès Bleus d’Ailleurs // Napkins: Lettermade // Glass tumblers: Pottery Barn “Classic Barware” // Wine glasses: Pottery Barn “Salerno” // Wine Decanter: Pottery Barn “Vino” // Elephant S & P shakers: Waylande Gregory // Gold S & P shakers: Waylande Gregory // Votives: World Market // Flowers: Flowers on the Square // Calligraphy: Kathy Ellis
Photos by Molly Miller