Friendsgiving at the Haupert’s was a big success! I’m so glad we have this wonderful tradition with our hometown friends. I know it means a lot to all of us!
On Friday afternoon, Mal, Quinn, and I headed to Bongi’s Turkey Farm to pick up our already-cooked turkey (and gravy and stuffing) for the next day. We just needed to reheat it, which, of course, made things so easy!
Once Quinn went to bed later that night, Mal and I figured out a seating arrangement that would accommodate 15 people. It took a few tries, but we eventually found a table layout that worked!
On Saturday morning, we had a few small things to do to prepare for Friendsgiving, but with the turkey, gravy, and stuffing already made and our house set up and ready to go, we ended up having a stress-free morning, which is so unlike us when it comes to hosting. We’re usually scrambling to get everything done! Haha!
Once our friends started to arrive, I just couldn’t stop smiling– Mal too. We were so happy to have everyone together in our home. We’ve known this group of friends since we were kids and now we’re having kids ourselves. It’s crazy and awesome at the same time. So many warm fuzzies. (I didn’t snap a ton of photos, but, thankfully, my friend Kaitlyn captured quite a few sweet moments. Some of them are below.)
After a couple of hours of mix and mingling, the bird was ready!
Mike, our chef friend extraordinaire (he was the brains behind our pig roast a few years ago), gave Mal a quick carving lesson while I scrambled to get all of the side dishes into the oven.
Once everything was just about ready, we all sat down to play a game. Earlier in the week, I asked everyone to send me a photo of themselves. I taped each one to the bottom of a plate on the table, so when everyone sat down to eat, they found a photo of a friend. Then, each of us went around the table and said what we were thankful for, followed by a favorite memory of the person pictured on their plate. We had a few fun/funny stories and a bunch of sentimental/mushy-gooshy memories that brought a few of us to tears. We’re definitely lucky to have such a wonderful group of friends. (Please note the adorable “table gopher.” He loved playing between and under the tables!)
Then, it was time to eat!!
Everyone brought a dish or two to contribute and, holy goodness, we had a ton of incredible food!
We gave Quinn a little bit of everything to try and he ended up eating… cottage cheese. *sigh* He ate quite a few appetizers (he’s obsessed with the cranberry goat cheese from Trader Joe’s), so maybe he wasn’t all that hungry. We’ll try again on Thanksgiving.
After dinner, we snapped a family photo together. (Yes, we all planned to wear plaid!)
After that, we enjoyed some dessert and coffee before saying good night and goodbye to everyone.
It really was a special evening and it made me appreciate and love our friends even more!
Questions of the Day
Do you take part in Friendsgiving?
What are you most looking forward to about Thanksgiving this week? Are you making anything for it?
Anyone have an awesome appetizer recipe? I’m making one for my family’s Turkey Day and would love some ideas!
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