A few years ago, my friends and I started the tradition of girls' night: Thanksgiving {now coined friendsgiving}.  This year was my turn to host, which gave me an opportunity to (finally) bust out our wedding china.  

I always try to set the table first, to ensure I have enough time to get it done in the event cooking takes a bit longer than expected {which it almost always does}. Then I set out a few appetizers and cocktails just before everyone arrives, so they have a few bites to munch on while dinner is finishing.

the details
If you're having more than 6, placecards are a must {time permitting} // gold pumpkin: pottery barn

napkins: West Elm // gold plated flatware: vintage 

More details on this DIY chair coming soon.

gold owl salt and pepper shakers: west elm

mix high-end and inexpensive: Wedgewood China with 
gold chargers from Big Lots. Yes, Big Lots (4 for $5!) 

turkey gravy boat: Sur la Table // vase: Nate Berkus for Target

bowl for pumpkins: Waterford // gold striped candles: Cynthia Rowley (great find at Homegoods) // gold mercury glass candle holders: target

the important part: food and drink

Cranberry sauce recipe here.

cocktail and appetizer station // drink dispenser: Pottery Barn // plate trays: Sur la Table // 

For the pomegranate sparkler:

1 large bottle of Pom
3 bottles of Champagne
2 1 inch cubes of ginger
Half a container of cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
pomegranate seeds for garnish

Turkey recipe here.

It is so easy this time of year to get caught up in the stress of the holidays. Take some time this week to stop and soak it all in. Happy Thanksgiving!

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