I'm a November baby, so I'd like to think that the entire month is dedicated to me - selfish maybe, but we can all dream right?! I was actually supposed to be a Thanksgiving baby, but apparently couldn't wait to join all the fun so I made my debut a few weeks early. Probably so I could get a taste of pumpkin pie a little sooner!
This year, my parents gave me the best birthday present ever - a Thanksgiving all alone with my husband. Now, don't get me wrong, we love our son like crazy, but having a brick and mortar store in a quaint downtown setting, complete with holiday festivals, means the poor dude doesn't get a whole lot of one-on-one attention. And let's face it, he's 10, so spending days on end in a PINK party space probably does't do much for him. So, him leaving town for the week was a win-win situation... he got to spend much needed time with his grandparents he doesn't see as often as he'd like, and we got a week to work long hours and not feel guilty!
It wasn't all work though - we spent the entire day of Thanksgiving migrating from watching tv in bed, to the couch where we stuffed ourselves with yummy side dishes we either quickly whipped up, or picked up the day before. I wanted a day of no-muss, no-fuss and I got it!
Now...earlier in the week, we celebrated the holiday with a Friendsgiving camp. We hosted 20 sweet little gals for two fun-filled days of crafting, dressing-up, mini make-overs, dancing, playing games and lots of giggles! It was definitely something to feel very thankful for!
Although we host our event indoors, just this once I wanted to see what it would look like outside, and we lucked upon the most perfect spot under a huge tree at our local park. I'll definitely be setting up here in the future!
The early morning lighting was definitely in my favor, and the colors provided by the natural setting was perfection.
Our Friendsgiving table setting was slightly untraditional and I loved it! The bold pops of color, and unexpected geometric shapes throughout really juxtaposed well against the rustic setting of the park.
We served mini cakes in jars, which were topped with little woodland animals I found in the Target dollar spot. They received a little gold spray paint makeover to tie them all together.
And speaking of tying them all together, how cute are the yarn tassels on the juice bottles and the yarn wrapped spoons?! I don't know what it is about them, but I just can't stop myself from dressing up plain wooden flatware!
I kept the dessert table simple, and added a few of my husband's and my favorites since we knew we the treats would double as our Thanksgiving desserts.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Do you go all out and cook all day for friends and family? Or do you like to keep things simple? However you spend the holiday, I hope you're surrounded by lots of love, friendship and yummy food!
Party Styling & Photography: Made of Sugar and Spice
Ceramic & Plastic Woodland Animals: Target
Paper Plates, Napkins, Aqua Mercury Glass Candle Votives & Geometric Candle Holder: Hobby Lobby
Eucalyptus, Air Plants, Applie Pie & Pumpkin Cream Muffins: Trader Joe's