One of the things that has become abundantly clear throughout our adoption process is that we are surrounded by the most incredible, loving, supportive village. Therefore, it was a no-brainer to co-host our first annual Friendsgiving over the weekend, alongside one of our favorite families, as a way of saying thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the gift of your friendship.
It was SO fun!!!! We started planning awhile, opting to rent out an outdoor party space at our local Greenway and provide the (fried!) turkeys for our guests. My hub, along with both my oldest son and our co-host counterpart, spent Sunday morning frying up the six turkeys. My garage may still smell like cooking oil but those things were goooooooooood.
We opted for simple but festive decor, decorating each of the eight picnic tables with butcher table and simple centerpieces (this also made for great coloring surfaces for the kids and easy clean-up ;), with the natural beauty of our surroundings providing the prettiest backdrop.
We had plenty of outdoor sporting toys for the kids to play with as well as sidewalk chalk and a special coloring table (with the cutest little blank pumpkin-shaped books for the littlest guests to create their own stories). And once the sun went down, we whipped out flashlights and glowsticks for all (and served hot chocolate. Brrr!), so that the kids could still play and be seen by their parents while running around and having a ball. Meanwhile, we parents had plenty of time to eat, chat, and just enjoy each others' friendship.
As for the food, we (and by "we," I mean my co-host and dear friend, Jenna, who took the lead on the organization and supply demands) created an online sign-up so that each invited family could bring their signature dish--from apps to sides, from desserts to wine ;). You better believe the food and bev tables were well stocked. And the food was sooooo tasty! After a quick prayer of thanks, we dug in!
Finally, as a parting gift, we offered each family a cute little bag of homemade, white-chocolate dipped pecans.
Honestly, I had intentions of taking tons of pictures of the whole event--from the kids playing to the adults fellowship-ing ;) and everything else in between, but I was so busy having so much fun with so many well-loved friends that, frankly, I pretty much forgot.
Regardless, we had such a wonderful time celebrating all things friendship and have already decided to make it an annual event. <3
I hope each of you have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I'll see you back here next week for a recap of the latest in our Lu life. <3