Friendsgiving 2016


Inspired by the American tradition of celebrating the joys of giving thanks, sharing, eating and drinking among loved ones, we celebrated our own little Friendsgiving this past Saturday.

Well "little" isn't actually accurate, because unlike last year when we send out invitations early and only six people came, this year we ended up being 16 people around the table, even if we were quite spontaneous with our invitations. So we had to be creative with tables and chairs considered our dining room table normally sits four.

Nevertheless - or maybe exactly thanks to this - we celebrated a wonderful, joyful, delicious and cosy dinner. Chris took care of the turkey, stuffing and gravy, our friends brought appetisers, sides, and dessert. Perfect, because all that was left to do for me was choosing the right Crémant and wine, designing invitations, take care of the tablescape, and create flower arrangements. My favourites...

What I want to show you today is how I used the current Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving collection by Paislee Press to give our dinner the final touch.

First, the invitations:

I kept them pretty simple. However, it was hard to choose only a few elements because all of the papers and embellishments are so beautiful. As I mentioned, we were rather late with our invitations, so we only sent out digital ones.

Next, place cards:

The font is courier new.

Menu cards:

I love these. Once I saw them in Liz's post announcing the Friendsgiving collection, I knew it needed them! Apart from their design, I really liked using menu cards because they emphasise and value the dinner - plus, in our case, all the different contributions by our guests.


Again, I kept it simple with regular white napkins. I placed a small branch of eucalyptus on top and tied a satin ribbon with a small "give thanks" tag. I got several compliments on the napkins!


Blame it on Pinterest, but I totally wanted eucalyptus for the flower arrangements. Our local flower shop didn't have any but the florist was so kind to order some for me (the seeded one). I paired the eucalyptus with small white flowers ("Wicken" in German) and placed several small bouquets on the tables.

It was a magical night and I can't wait to celebrate Friendsgiving again next year.

- Kathi

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  1. omg. MEGA!!
    so unfassbar geschmackvoll! Ich liebe es! Aber eure Alk-Bar ist auch nicht von schlechten Eltern. XD Freut mich sehr, dass ihr einen schönen Abend hattet. Freue mich schon auf deine Papeterie im nächsten Jahr. (: Gestaltest du das Weihnachtsdinner auch? Oder seid ihr da immer ausser Haus?

    1. Hihi... oh, dass man die Flaschen da so sieht, ist mir erst gar nicht aufgefallen!! XD
      Danke schön, Ines! Die Sachen von Paislee Press finde ich sind so einfach zu verwenden und es ist immer zauberhaft... Nein, Weihnachten sind wir außer Haus und da mache ich keine Tischdeko o.ä. Könnte man aber echt öfter mal tun!