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How to Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving Brunch for the Girls

Friends are the family we chose! Get your girlfriends together and celebrate with a fabulous Friendsgiving brunch they won’t want to miss!

Before life gets crazy with the holidays we’ve got a wonderful idea you’re going to want to do this weekend or maybe next!

Do you love to entertain?


Oh…good us too!

Since you love to entertain like Anne & I, you’ll love our monthly virtual supper club posts.

Every month we get together with our friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele and share our tablescapes and recipes on our blogs.

It’s so fun to see what everyone in our group comes up with each month.

There’s so much talent and creativity with this bunch of bloggers.

And to add even more inspiration, we invite a guest host join us each month too!

We’re thrilled to welcome Cindy from County Road 407 this month. She’s an interior designer and home stager from Texas. You have to go check out her charming 100-year-old farmhouse.

We recently joined Cindy’s monthly Pinterest challenge group and have had so much fun. If you want to see our challenge from August click here and this is our September challenge.

Now that you’ve check those out…let’s talk about this month’s virtual dinner club! We’re featuring tablescape ideas for Friendsgiving today and delicious recipes for a complete menu to serve at a Friendsgiving brunch Saturday so be sure to come back!

Get the links to our previous tablescapes for even more inspiration at the end of this post.

If you’re joining us from our friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style or if you’re new to our blog…

Hey there & welcome!

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We’re AnnMarie (wearing black) and Anne (wearing a floral shirt), the two moms behind this blog.

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell me where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us…let’s talk more about this month’s theme… and my Friendsgiving brunch tablescape!

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How to Style a Tablescape for Friendsgiving Brunch

view of dining table set for Friendsgiving with china cabinet behind

Celebrating with people in your life who are like family is a special way to honor those friendships.

Why not gather your friends for a morning that turns into afternoon and enjoy a meal together?

And of course, when you’re eating and drinking you want to be surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere in the room.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated.

With a couple of easy DIY craft projects and decor pieces I already had on hand, I created a fabulous Friendsgiving tablescape.

Honestly, I didn’t buy anything…well, except a set of new napkins.

How to Design a Simple Fall Centerpiece

faux fall stems in rustic tuscan style vase in middle of table

In the middle of the table, I styled a fall arrangement using faux stems in a rustic Tuscan urn-style vase that I’ve had for years.

The autumn stems were a combination of leaves, pinecones, twigs, and berries with a few little delicate fake flowers.

I just love the natural burnt orange color of all the faux leaves because I think it makes them look a bit more realistic, don’t you?

Around the vase, I scattered a bunch of grapevine pumpkins that I’ve also had for several years.

The pumpkins were actually craft picks but I just cut the bottom stick off so they would sit on the table.

I’ve used these cute little guys in other areas of my home during the fall and also as table place card holders.

No Cost DIY Table Runner

overhead view of DIY handwritten table runner

Using a roll of Kraft paper as a table runner will save you a ton of money!

Not only does it look great but you don’t have to worry about it getting food spilled on it.

Just roll it down the middle of your table and cut it to the length you need.

I used a paper table runner for this football-themed party and got a little creative with my artwork. lol

AnnMarie's thankful for written on kraft paper table runner

I added each guest’s name and three blank lines for them to jot down what they were thankful for this year.

Such a fun way to get your friends involved and a nice idea to share with each other during your brunch.

Another similar option is to make a Thankful tree, like this one, for everyone to remember what they have to be grateful for.

How to Set a Pretty Table for Brunch

table set with layers of chargers placemat and plates with linen napkins

I like to add a variety of textures and layers when setting my table.

To do that I always start with a charger or sometimes even two as I did for this table.

The bottom layer is a woven round placemat that brings in tons of texture.

Then I used a faux wood charger on top of the placemat.

I’d love to get real wood chargers but they’re a bit pricey, so for now these plastic ones are just fine.

table set with gold flatware and styled with fall decor

Next, I stacked my everyday white dinner and salad plates with a linen napkin between the two.

These burnt orange farmhouse-style napkins came in a set of six with three different patterns.

I just love the combination together…a large buffalo plaid, a small check, and a stripe style…so fun!

The gold flatware from Target adds a little glam to the rustic table.

And of course, we need wine and champagne glasses for the ladies!

place setting with cloth napkins and DIY napkin ring

I used two napkins at each place setting well because it just looked pretty!

I really like the look of a neatly folded napkin between the plates but I also love a more casual fringed napkin on top of each table setting.

The napkin rings were a DIY project I did last weekend that I’ll be sharing with you next week so stay tuned!

small grapevine wreath hanging with wood name tag from twine on back of dining chair

Although I already added the guest’s name on the table runner I thought it would be cute to hang these small grapevine wreaths on the back of each dining chair.

I wrote each name with gold chalk marker on white wood gift tags.

Then I hung the wreath and the name tags to the chair with jute twine.

Where Should You Serve Drinks and Cocktails

console table with drinks set up on top burlap banner hanging above

I have a buffet console table in my dining room which is perfect for setting up a drink station.

If you don’t have an additional piece of furniture you can use a small folding table as a sideboard or grab a rolling tiered cart to style as a minibar.

I even used a small leaning book shelf last year for New Year’s eve that was awesome!

wine bottles on riser on console table with mirror against wall

To protect the top of the table I used a large wood riser for the bottles of wine and champagne.

This way when guests are pouring a drink there’s no worry about spilling on the furniture.

Be sure to leave a bottle opener and a couple of extra glasses out for your friends.

Always provide water and non-alcoholic options too.

chalkboard with quote written on it behind gold candle lantern

Have fun decorating these extra areas of your dining room or whatever space you’re entertaining in.

I added another grapevine pumpkin and a gold lantern which coordinates with the table decorations.

A fun addition is a letterboard or chalkboard.

A quick google search will give you lots of ideas about what to write on your board.

Mine says “Gather, Drink & Get Stuffed” but there were a ton to choose from…I had a hard time deciding.

The other one that I thought was funny said “Get your fat pants ready!” lol

What Decorations Do You Need for Friendsgiving

DIY burlap banner hanging on wall above table in dining room reading Friendsgiving

You don’t really need any decorations but it’s always fun to bring in a few extra things.

Keep it simple though and inexpensive.

Remember your friends are there to share each other’s company not for how much you spend on the party decor.

Grab things around your house that fit with the color scheme or vibe you’re creating in your dining space.

I moved my gold lanterns into the dining room and even a mum from my front porch for a bit more fall color.

The chalkboard or even a word art sign can be amazing and also bring some life to the party.

I made an easy burlap banner in just a few minutes with supplies I had at home. I’ll be sharing that tutorial next week as well.

Now go text your friends and plan a Friendsgiving brunch soon!

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More Friendsgiving Tablescape Ideas from Our Friends

Next up on the tour is our friend Rachel from The Pond’s Farmhouse.

Be sure to click each of the blog names below the photos to get even more inspiration for your Friendsgiving brunch table.

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If you’ve missed any of our previous virtual supper club ideas just click here.

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