Fall is For Friendsgiving


By Amy Boyle

If there is one thing the last few years have taught us, it’s how much being able to get together in person matters. With that in mind, Fall is the perfect time to host a Friendsgiving celebration. Like a traditional Thanksgiving, a ‘Friendsgiving’ is growing in popularity, and typically includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal enjoyed with special friends, often with a casual feel. 

For this Friendsgiving celebration, a simple table includes vintage silver mixed with casual fall themed china. The table is graced with locally sourced fresh flowers, these beautiful blooms are from area grower Wild Blue Farm in Nokesville (@wildbluefarmva on Instagram). Setting up a table outdoors is a great way to celebrate with friends safely, and as Fall weather can get chilly, warm throws or a nearby fire pit will keep guests comfortable into the evening hours. 

A serve yourself beverage station makes entertaining easy. To celebrate, a sangria full of fall flavors (recipe follows) is a fun twist on wine or cocktails, and a fresh cucumber, mint and lime water in a self-serve jar is refreshing after a heavy meal. A simple kraft paper runner on the table makes clean up easy. This easy set up allows for relaxed time to gather in celebration of the season with special friends.  

Cinnamon & Orange Fall Sangria

  • 2 bottles light red wine (like a pinot noir)
  • 2 bottles club soda
  • 1 large orange, sliced (pears can be added as well)
  • 1 jar cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups Grand Marnier Liquor (to taste)
  • 1 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (to taste) 

Pour all ingredients together into a large glass serving jar (or large pitcher) and mix well, let sit for a few hours before serving. You can add a candy cinnamon stick to stir with for extra fun!

Enjoy your celebration!

About Amy Boyle

Amy, a lifestyle blogger, is a frequent contributor to Lifestyle Magazines. She lives in Warrenton with her husband Justin and three children, Declan, Jackson and Sloane. Her blog, 11 Magnolia Lane, was started in 2010 with her closest friend and partner Christy Black and has grown to have a monthly social media reach into the millions. Still working together, their themes include food, fashion, decorating, DIY projects, organization, entertaining, and more.

W: 11magnolialane.com, FB: @11MagnoliaLane, IG: 11magnolialane


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