Chip and Joanna Gaines sure know how to throw a party!
In their magazine, The Magnolia Journal, the first quarterly issue of which is out now, the Fixer Upper couple host a Friendsgiving celebration complete with all the fixings: good company, gorgeous decorations and a farmhouse backdrop.
But you don’t need a barn to have a festive fall gathering worthy of HGTV. The key, Joanna says, is to keep things casual. “Keeping it simple allows for thankfulness, friendship and lingering conversation,” she writes.
Even with simplicity in mind, it can still be overwhelming to know where to start planning your Friendsgiving gathering. Whether it’s a bigger bash or an intimate dinner, here are a few tips from The Magnolia Journal to help relieve stress so you can focus less on not burning the turkey and more on the friends you’re sharing it with.
Sharing is caring. “Start by declaring that dinner is a potluck — it takes some of the pressure off of you and allows your friends to contribute their own culinary talents to the feast.”
Make room at the table. “A buffet-style setup leaves more room for eating at the dining table and gives guests a place to drop off their culinary offerings.”
Mix and match. “Mix and match china and chairs; the informality will pair perfectly with a potluck feast,” Joanna writes.
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Don’t stress the decor. “Stick to something as easy as white, glass, wood and warm metals.”
Weave in some green. “Purchase a wired garland of greens from a florist or simply buy a few types of greens and, a few hours before the party, stretch the garland or lay the branches along the length of the table.”
Plan a party favor. “Create a thoughtful take-home gift — bulbs for planting or forcing during the holiday season — packed in a muslin bag stamped with a sweet message.”