I love sharing special and festive gatherings with you here on this blog. It gives me an excuse to hang out with friends, loved ones and take great photos!
This is my first annual Friendsgiving event, which is essentially an excuse to test and eat Thanksgiving-style recipes with my friends and to create new recipes that my readers can use for their own Thanksgiving feasts.
And just when I thought eating lots of holiday food couldn’t get better, Pyrex announced their gorgeous Love limited edition collection. I, of course, already covet their storage solutions and serving ware every time I go to the store; they have, after all, an entire wall space in the store! It’s a meal-prep and food storage obsessed person’s dream!
You probably have quite a few of their pieces in your kitchen, since for more than 100 years they’ve been made in the USA. I own many of their glass prepping, baking, and storage containers in both my house and the Studio but I’m always scooping out the aisles for more since they are durable and an excellent solution for my cooking and storage needs.
This first Friendsgiving celebration is a tribute my close friends and family that support me and my dreams. I’m grateful for their constant smiles, support via text and late-night calls, and endless coffee chats.
The simplicity of our friendship is what inspired the decor. Simple, elegant, a few fall touches, and with delicious food showcased in timeless Pyrex pieces. I’m a very practical gal and don’t have a lot of special occasion dishes; plus, with Pyrex, I can take leftovers straight to the fridge! And well, I’m all about leftovers –but I don’t have to tell you that, right?
Some of the dishes we served at this Friendsgiving gathering are my Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, Southern Cornbread, Fall Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Sausage Stuffing, roasted turkey with gravy and my famous Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe, and more.
I kept things simple by texting an invitation to my small group of friends and decided that a weekday lunch would be best; so my friends with kids could take their lunch hour at the Studio and then leave with enough time to pick up the kids from school.
I also wanted to give everyone the chance to write down a few things they were grateful for; and although it wasn’t quite Thanksgiving, this early start to be more mindful of all the things we have (our health, our family, each other…) are a great start to all the wonderful celebrations the month of November brings.
To pull off the Friendsgiving celebration at noon on a Monday, I did a lot of food prep over the weekend. I made the cornmeal, the stuffing, prepped all the vegetables, and side dishes so I could quickly warm them in the oven the day of, and be able to focus on the main attraction, the turkey!
The cranberry sauce was also made ahead of time and stored in my trusty containers. I also made some extra to send some home with my friends since a few of them showed up without their own storage containers – although I did not send out a BYOC note.
After a fun and delicious luncheon, everyone agreed that this gathering was the start of a new tradition. While the food, recipes, and table setting were important, the main ingredient is love; it’s the thing that binds all of us together year-round and fun to celebrate this time of the year and share it with Pyrex.
You can find our Friendsgiving menu here.
Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?