5 Easy Ways to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a fun Friendsgiving inspiration party with my friends Juli from Tangled with Taste and Whitney from Dazzling Hospitality. It was a blast and wow, these girls are incredible. Please go check out their websites! You won't regret it.

This blush lace dress is perfect for winter parties. Check out Claire Falco Creative for more holiday inspiration!

I will share a whole lot more inspiration soon, but today I'm focusing on the prep! Thus, here are five ways to host the perfect Friendsgiving!

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1. Send out gorgeous invitations in the mail

These free, fall hand-painted watercolor graphics and letting will make your thanksgiving invitations really stand out! Also included in the link are leaves, pumpkins, acorns, and apples!

There really isn't anything like receiving a gorgeous, hand-lettered invitation arriving in the mail, is there? You can make them yourself, or, here, you can have mine by entering your information below!

2. DELEGATE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

I see nothing wrong with hosting a potluck event for the holiday. You can set up a Google doc with whatever you need and/or assign responsibilities so you can enjoy Friendsgiving, too!

2. Set the tone with a festive playlist

Here is what I will be playing. I love this perfectly modern and nostalgic indie holiday collection.

This is an absolute must! Not only is this apple cider a fantastic choice for adults and kids, but mulling the cider in a crockpot makes your house smell incredible in a way nothing else can. My crockpot apple cider is super easy to make ahead! Make sure you grab real, unfiltered apple juice for the best possible results! You can watch my tutorial here. 

4. Print these darling coloring pages for kids (or grown-ups)

I drew these! I particularly love the lattice crust apple pies. I thought it would be nice to have something to entertain my two-year-old and her friends, but these are for anyone! You can download it in my freebie library. Have you subscribed to my mailing list yet? You totally should. You will have exclusive access to all of my printables, posing guides, and all things creative. 

This cute, hand-drawn Thanksgiving coloring page is great for holiday events and parties for kids and adults!

 

5. Send everyone home with favors

I have seen some mighty cute favors on Pinterest and I don't have any original ideas here. I would check it out and find something you like! My favorite idea I have seen were mini pies with a wooden spoon wrapped in a flannel ribbon. I am sure you could come up with something just as autumnal and fun!

 

 

Creamy Crockpot Apple Cider {and a video}

As a child, I remember my grandpa bringing by unfiltered apple juice from his own yard. Even at my young age, I knew there was something special about that. Not only did I have a strong and fond association with his apple trees, but the juice itself was delicious. To this day, I have not found an alternative to unfiltered, freshly juiced apples. Nothing compares to the taste. If there is a place in your town where you can pick some up, go! Run! If not, you can usually find unfiltered apple juice in the refrigerated section at local grocery stores in the fall. You know it's the good stuff when it is cloudy, not clear. 

If you do get your hands on some of the aforementioned, seasonal magic I would highly recommend making some of my creamy crockpot apple cider with it. It will change your life and make your home smell incredible. I love that I can start cooking it at night and wake up to the delectable smell of apple cider. That's living the dream, right there.

WATCH MY TUTORIAL!

This creamy crockpot apple cider will make your home smell like fall! It is such an easy recipe. Make it ahead and share it at holiday parties!

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon freshly pressed apple juice (or store-bought, refrigerated, unfiltered apple juice)
  • 1 large navel orange, sliced
  • five cinnamon sticks (or according to personal taste)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg + a pinch to garnish
  • 1 tsp whole cloves (I recommend tying it up in cheesecloth before adding to the mix)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream to taste (go crazy like me, or skip like my husband)

Instructions:

Add apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves to your crockpot and cook on low for eight hours. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves (and orange slices if you wish). Add in heavy whipping cream (not the whipped cream) and stir until fully incorporated. Ladle cider into cider mules or mugs and allow to cool slightly before serving. Add whipped cream and nutmeg to taste, and if you have them, add a pretty straw (fun and practical). Enjoy!

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