My favorite thing on this here planet is to have people sitting around my table.
we wanted to create a warm, open-hearted environment where many of the inspiring women I know could sit, dine, support one another, share their successes and proclaim their goals and gratitude.
I invited a few of the finest folks in my social media influencer life, who really appreciate the reason of the season: gratitude.
Good guests can make or break an intimate in-home gathering, and if there’s even one person who’s a weak link, simply by bringing in a bit of negative energy, the experience can be ruined for all. Well, there was no weak link at this ladies lunch. Instead, a lunch that was supposed to last 2 hours, lasted almost 4, with all of the guests staying until sundown, save a couple who had prior obligations.
We went ’round the table, sharing our stories, listening to those of others, and brainstorming about how we can make a difference both in each other’s lives and in this world…all while drinking wine and nibbling on cheese and sausage. I watched women who had never met before leave as good friends, and knew that from this single, magical afternoon, some life-changing alliances were born.
As for the Friendsgiving menu? Here’s just a little of what you can get when you order from Hickory Farms this holiday season to keep everything festive, while keeping your guests fed and fueled, without you feeling overworked.
First up? Drinks, of course. Did you know that Hickory Farms sells wine? And, I mean really, really GOOD wine!! My favorite is the Flora Springs Merlot ($40). I want to buy like 6 cases of it for all of the holiday entertaining I do…and maybe just to sip while watching Scandal. Who’s with me?
An easy peasy cheese tray with Hickory Farms cheeses served as a tempting – and satisfying – appetizer.
A Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham ($75, serves 14-18 generously).
The big hit, though? The DIY Biscuit Bar!
But, more on that on tomorrow’s blog. I did it purely for ease and convenience, but my-oh-my, was it tasty!
And, who knew? Shredded Hickory Farms farmhouse cheddar cheese makes for a delicious pimento cheese spread, with my recipe, of course! (That recipe will be up on the blog tomorrow, too).
And, lastly, a well-stocked dessert table.
And, a little nibble of cheddar to balance that sweetness out. How trés français of me!
As for the decor?
I kept it cozy and comfy with harvest-hued rugs, blankets, pillows and puffs on the ground…
my mismatched chairs around the farmhouse table…
and a chalkboard runner that my creative friends could scribble and doodle on, while sharing their gratitude. Listen, we’re all just big kids. If you give them chalk pencils, they’re gonna get busy. Trust me.
As for the fun factor? Well, there’s only one person I call in for that. My dear friend, and creative powerhouse and constant source of inspiration, Courtney Collins of Little Junebugs and Max Love Project.
Courtney and I decided to do a “Pretty Your Pumpkin” station to entertain guests with metallic paint, sequins, studs, and…helllooooo…GLITTER(!!!!) to pump up their pumpkins. Disclaimer: This was all Courtney, as I am the least crafty person you know.
The one high maintenance thing I did? I did ask my fashionable guests to wear shades of fall-festive autumn. Don’t judge me. And, besides, it sure did look pretty.
As fun as the whole day was, my favorite part was when we all sat around the table for the last few hours, sharing our stories and getting to know one another, while we sipped wine and nibbled on sausage and cheese.
Thank you to every single one of you who graced my table with your grace, and thank you especially to Hickory Farms for bringing these fine women together.
Girls really do run the world, and with these women at the helm of it, I feel completely confident in our future.
Dawn Do? In sticking with the reason for the season, when it’s time to buy those host gifts this holiday season, pick up a Hickory Farms Signature Party Planner Gift Box ($46). For every box sold, Hickory Farms donates $5 to No Kid Hungry, which feeds 50 kids.
That’s better – and sweeter – than any box of chocolates.
Food & Wine: Hickory Farms
Photography: Molly + CO
Signage: Karla Magno