Friendsgiving in 2018

One of my favorite times of year is Thanksgiving.  The fall.  I know I’ve talked about it before – so I’m not going to go on and on about it here.  What I am going to go on and on about is how much I love Friendsgiving.  You see my family has an INTENSE Thanksgiving tradition, well really any holiday – but particularly Thanksgiving.

One way that I get to love on my friends and invite people into my home is Friendsgiving.  Not only do I enjoy setting my table, but I enjoy cooking the food.. Obviously.

But what does Thanksgiving really mean and what should  Friendsgiving mean to you?

Thanksgiving is about basking in the manifold, abundant, overflowing, all-sufficient grace of God in all that He is for us and all that he has done, is doing, and promises to do for us in our lives. This extended feast of too much delicious food is intended to be a symbol, a small picture, a momentary experience of what God’s grace is like.  It is to help us “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

“taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8

I’m all about intentionality.  I love this time of year because it is so important to be intentional with your friends, your family, and the gifts and of course food.  Even though they might not notice you remembered the loved nutmeg in their cranberry chutney or that their Christmas gift was intentionally thought-through… that is what the season is about.  The time spent on those that you love most.

This Friendsgiving I made several things.  I’m going to focus on a couple of them.  Let me know in the comments below if you made them and what you thought!

First off, the table. Usually I go with a gold and silver Pumpkin+Thanksgiving theme.  However, this year I decided to use colorful fruits that were in season.  Think Pomegranates, lemons, Meyer lemons, limes, persimmons, blood and naval oranges.  Coupled with magnolia leaves and colorful flowers to match both the purple goblets and teal plates I set at each place setting.  It all stemmed from


There was quite the ordeal getting the turkey to where you see it.  Read it here.  Never thought you could buy a completely frozen turkey 12 hours before you needed to serve it – well here is the secret 🙂 I just hope you are okay staying up all night.

Check out this delicious roasted sweet potatoes recipe here.  These sweet potatoes and roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is on to keep.  By far, my favorite recipe I made this Friendsgiving.


Need a colorful dish for your Thanksgiving menu?  Sure to make this list is the Brussel Sprouts + Beets + Butternut Squash Salad served cold.  How beautiful is this thing?  Serve, Eat, Enjoy! Recipe here.


Two casseroles I made for the day and be found here.  First one is the broccoli casserole, second is the Three Cheese Truffle Mac n Cheese.  Let’s just say the Mac n Cheese was to die for.  Amazing.  You need to make it immediately!

This season is about celebrating Jesus and all that He has given us.  The food many of us will enjoy is not meant to be the focus; it is meant to be a finger pointing to the abounding grace of God (2 Corinthians 9:8) that is enveloping us like a flood. The food is meant to help us really taste joy. The feast is meant to help us really feast.

It is meant to be the finger pointing to the abounding grace of God.

After our prayer around the Gosser table… we sing the Doxology.  And as that goes – so I hope it centers you around your Friendsgiving Table.

“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Leave a comment below on what you made for your Friendsgiving.  I’m so interested in what you made, how your Friendsgiving went and where you need inspiration leading into next week’s BIG DAY!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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