Last night’s Friendsgiving was a huge success! Almost 40 fun people headed over to share lots of food and lots of vino. Oh and did I mention there was milk punch?

I, as someone who tries to practice my photography everyday, am terrible at remembering to take pictures during events! I can take a million pictures of random food or birds in my yard or try different lighting. But when it comes to having friends over for dinner or going out, I get so caught up in the moment that I forget to snap pictures. Luckily, most of my friends are Instagram pros, so I can look forward to reminiscing from those pictures.

Last night was a classic example of my getting caught up in the moment. I made my Granny’s delicious Broccoli Cheese Casserole but completely forgot to snap a picture! Good thing she is making it tomorrow and I will post the recipe along with some pictures from her house.


One fun thing I did add to this years Friendsgiving, was a butcher paper table top. I covered our table with butcher paper and put out a cup full of Sharpies. I implored the help of my roommate to help me write out “I’m Thankful for…”, then we left the rest to our guests.

I wasn’t sure how it would go over…

But everyone loved it!! I love doing little things like this at group dinners. I think it’s great conversation starter. Just gives the night a little something else. Especially if you’re like me, and have a group of eclectic friends, it always helps everyone bond.

It’s a super easy thing you can add to your family’s Thanksgiving table! Or maybe the kids table… Whatever suits your fancy.

I am so thankful for all my friends who turned up last night. It was a great time!!

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Natalie Paramore

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    Lauren @ Gourmet Veggie Mama

    November 21, 2012

    I just love this idea! Can’t wait for the broccoli casserole recipe. 🙂

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    Diana Scott

    November 21, 2012

    I love the butcher paper idea. The true meaning of this holiday is Thanksgiving. What a great way to put down your thoughts. I need the broccoli recipe!

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

    November 23, 2012

    I’m thankful for….Flo Rida. Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! My Mom makes broccoli cheese casserole every year, but only for Thanksgiving & Christmas. My brothers & I love it so much and it’s so cute how now my 4 nephews love it so much too! It’s definitely a great yum tradition!

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      November 26, 2012

      Yeah, haha, the Flo Rida comment made me laugh too! There must be a broccoli and cheese casserole gene because my whole family is addicted too!


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