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Our tips for hosting an effortless Friendsgiving with Crate and Barrel

November 11, 2015
Friendsgiving ideas

Being a newlywed means lots of new milestones on the calendar in your first year after the wedding. One of the most exciting as we head into this most festive time of year, is the chance to host your first gathering in your home together. As properly marrieds, that is. And do you know what comes with that? An excuse to break out ALL of the goodies you were gifted from your Gift Registry to create a properly gorgeous table to share with your guests. Next up in our ongoing series with our friends at Crate and Barrel is pretty much all the inspiration you need to host your own Friendsgiving (or any fall dinner party for that matter) this season. Make sure you invite us, kay?

Friendsgiving invites

First we like to set the stage with a proper invite for those on your guest list. Sure it’s just a dinner party, but how excited are your guests going to be when they get a *real* invite in the mail? Makes the whole business very official and extra special.

Champagne cocktail

Be sure to have a bubbly cocktail on hand (in your new Tour champagne flutes) when your guests arrive. Nothing says party like a fizzy drink served on a festive platter.

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Choose cookware and kitchen staples that double as serving ware. That goes without saying when we’re talking about ovenware, but that gorgeous End Grain Cutting Board above does double duty as a cutting board and handsome serving platter.


Be sure to offer your guests something to nibble on whilst dinner is cooking. A big beautiful spread of cheeses goes perfectly with your bubbly beverage, everyone loves trying different combinations, and it’s practically no effort for le hostess.

Friendsgiving The Marbury Collection makes for lovely, elegant every day dining, but did you know you can add a set of their special edition wishbone salad plates for November? Goes without saying that the Harper Rose Gold flatware should be on everyone’s registry.

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Perhaps the most essential tip of all, when planning your menu choose recipes that can be prepped ahead, popped in the oven, and served straight away in their cooking dish. Add a selection of pretty casseroles (like the 3 sizes of the Marin line) and a beautiful Le Creuset French Oven to your gift registry will have you perfectly prepared for your first big holiday meal.

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Easy breezy, no?

Thanksgiving party ideas Thanksgiving apple pie

And finally, give yourself a break and ask a friend to bring dessert! Taking one aspect of the meal off you plate, gives you all the more time to perfect the rest of dinner. (Side note: this beautiful handmade pie box would be a super sweet hostess gift!)

Escort card display Bright fall florals

Just a teensy peek at the full tablescape, because it’s so delicious.

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So what we’re saying is, when you’re creating your Gift Registry, be sure to think ahead to events in the future. Sure you only use some of these things a few times a year, but those are the times that you *really* want to have the right pieces for entertaining in your arsenal.

Friendsgiving essentials

[Tour Champagne Glass / 5.5 qt Cream Le Creuset French Oven / End Grain Cutting Board / Copper charger / Harper Rose Gold Flatware / Keaton Round Serving Bowl / Harper Serving Set / Helena Peacock Linen Tablecloth / Piebox /  Amuse Serving Board / Marbury Wishbone Salad Plate / Marin Baking Dishes]

We’ve got the entire gorgeous tablescape and dessert service on Crate and Barrel’s blog today too! It’s soooo pretty so be sure to pop over to take a look.

Concept & Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Photography: Paige Jones / Florals: Moon Canyon / Catering: Whoa Nelly / Calligraphy and invites: A Fabulous Fete / Videography: California Electric Co.

* This post is sponsored by Crate and Barrel. They provided 100 Layer Cake with the products listed within this post! Big thanks to Crate and Barrel, and a big thanks to you for supporting the brands that keep 100 Layer Cake sharing beautiful inspiration!