I've wanted to host a friendsgiving for about two years now. Two years ago, I was living in 640 sq ft home with no dining table. Last year, I was one month into my new home, again, with no dining table. This year, BAM!, friendsgiving. I made a pretty good group of friends here in west palm. We had dinner parties.... or wine parties often and we called ourselves the YPUG... an inside name for our little group and gatherings. &Believe it or not, I actually met a fair amount of them while working on the food truck. I'd run into the oh so familiar faces while out downtown... and it turned out those faces belonged to some of the most amazing and positive people I could meet. We all mostly came together one by one...and hung out often. Since the time that I met those friends to now, more than half of them have moved elsewhere, (damn you south Florida for being such a transient place) but I still have two guy friends from that group that are around that I enjoy very much. I also have Steph &Claudia, that I've been lucky enough to meet through this vast internet space, that I love very, very much... who also have amazing children (and husbands) that I love very, very much. Between those people, my favorite people in the whole world, Alex &Marlowe, and this home of ours with a (picnic) table, this friendsgving all came together perfectly.
I'd say this turkey was a good use of my midnight multitasking time // sweet girl patiently waiting for friends to color with.
napkins: dot &army
&baby trudy dropped by... and my brother and his wifey too :)
Today was a blast. I couldn't have asked for a smoother day or better people to spend it with... well, I mean, I would have liked to invite like ten more people... but maybe that will have to be next year :) I prepped the gravy, cranberry sauce, and my first ever sweet potato pie last night. And while waiting for my pie to bake last night, I taped on some craft paper to Marlowe's kids table and drew a turkey outline for the kids to color while the grownups got together to pour their wine and get settled :)
Alex and I woke up early early this morning to start cracking on the rest of our food prep, since our meal was planned for 1030 am(!), ensuring Alex would be able to spend enough time with everyone before leaving for work. Early-ish yes, but I mean.... a brunch-thanksgiving sounds pretty good with biscuits and everything else. And if I'm being completely honest, I'd eat this over waffles or breakfast any morning :) Mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, biscuits, gravy, pie, cranberry apple sauce, a vegan loaf, wine, and more wine. Everything was vegan, minus one dish. I think it all turned out pretty good! We had three tables. The adults, the little kiddos, and the bigger girls. We ate, played, and most of our friends took off not long after Alex. And Will, Claudia, and I spent the rest of our delicious and full sunday together.... into the evening, while the girls played.
My house is now tidy once again, M is sleeping, I just ate another round of leftovers, I'm about to pour one more glass of wine, and well, I'm a very satisfied kind of sleepy. It was a good day. I'm very thankful for this friendsgiving :)
&&In case you're looking for any last minute easy vegan thanksgiving recipes, I'll have recipes up tomorrow night or the next morning!
Happy new week, friends!
ps. you can see claudia's photos: HERE!