Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? If you aren’t familiar with the term, it was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary earlier this year and refers to a Thanksgiving celebration with a circle of friends. There are different theories on the origin of the term ranging from a Twitter post to the popular television show Friends to an ad campaign. Unlike other holidays, there’s no official Friendsgiving date and the traditions are as different as those who celebrate it! After a year like this, why not honor all the occasions that pairs gratitude with friends and family? Here are some ideas for setting your table!
Runner: GO! Poinsettia Table Runner Pattern (PQ11754)
Bowl Cozy: GO! Bowl Cozy (PQ11765)
Well, if it’s your turn to “host” this year, why not make it special? There are so many options for table settings, that you can really turn your creativity loose! Formal or casual, traditional or modern? There are just so many options!
Experiment With Color
The season isn’t just about oranges and browns these days! While you can never go wrong with those classic Thanksgiving colors, these days you’ll see table settings featuring white, grays, blues and metallics, too. This might be the perfect time to branch out a little! With more time at home these days, why not make a new table runner? Consider pairing this GO! Cleopatra’s Fan Table Runner (PQ11543) with metallic colors like gold and bronze or silver. It doesn’t have to be all about leaves and pumpkins!
Looking for something more traditional? The GO! Bountiful Gift Table Runner (PQ10686) will hit just the right cord for that. Free, downloadable embroidery will make the creation even easier. Short on time? Consider using raw edge appliqué, or simply fuse down the shapes and quilt over them to secure.
Touch of Whimsy
What about inviting a few extra turkeys to the table? Include the new GO! Courtyard Hot Pad Turkey (PQ11792) with your table setting. AccuQuilt Cutting Expert, Pam Heller has plans to create placemats with this pattern, so watch for an upcoming AccuQuilt Live tutorial!
Keep it Casual
Maybe your Friendsgiving is a more casual event. Individual bowl cozies would be a great start to a relaxed event where you can focus on fun. Personalize with our GO! Alphabet Sets or appliqué dies and after dinner, guests can take their cozy home as a reminder of the night. Have people bring along a favorite soup to share and you’re all set! The GO! Big Bowl Cozy (55208) project die will help you complete these fun, useful items in no time.
Friendsgiving 2020 Style
Maybe your event, like so many others, is going virtual this year to keep everyone safe. Consider delivering a “party bag” to everyone’s door so that you can still share food, favors and décor. Pack up a bag with festive paper napkins, a candle, a mini pumpkin or 2, an appetizer and a bottle of wine or sparkling juice to make it special. You can even plan some virtual games to all play together. After all, if this year has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to maintain that sense of connection with your friends and family alike!
Traditionally, we at AccuQuilt celebrate our own version of Friendsgiving with our TEKBrand sister companies at the office. With our own “master chefs” preparing the turkeys, we all contribute enough appetizers, sides and desserts to make sure that we all waddle back to our desks following the celebration. Like so many other things, that can’t happen this year as all possible staff continues to work from home, but we certainly look forward to being back together again!
Here’s a delicious appetizer that has made regular appearances at our corporate pot-luck events. It’s simple to make, easy to transport and just plain yummy! You could easily divide it into small containers or even plastic cups to share with others, too.
Cranberry Goodie Spread
- 2 cup bag of fresh cranberries, washed and drained
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest
- 8 oz. block of softened cream cheese (regular)
- 2 tablespoons of dry sherry (optional)
- 1 cup whipping cream (plus 2 tablespoons if not using sherry)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Cool.
Cream together the cream cheese and sherry (or 2 tablespoons of cream). Blend in the whipping cream. Spread into a shallow dish and top with the cooled cranberry mixture. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheddar cheese. This can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator, but you’ll want to pull it out prior to serving so it can come to room temperature. Serve with crackers.