Luncheon

Friendsgiving Luncheon

Since I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving this year I thought it was the perfect time to throw my first Friendsgiving!! I was lucky to have 22 women attend which meant a mix of dishes and glasses to accommodate everyone. But I love an eclectic mix to brighten a table so it was perfect for a big party!

Pinks and navy with a hint of orange and purple were the color palette. I found these cutest hand lotions at Bath & Body Works that I thought were the perfect compliment to the table and something that every one can use extra of. The XOXO on the hand lotion was the icing on the cake.





I love having a menu to view for a luncheon so everyone knows what to expect for the food being served in case there are any special recommendations. And these blue and white plates from Pottery Barn were an amazing deal. They are currently sold out of them online but I’ve linked some similar options on my instagram post.

The star of the show were the flowers- dahlias, snowberries and gerber daisies filled these blue and white vases for a vibrant display on each of the tables.




I couldn’t help but smile every time I looked at the flowers! I loved how bright and happy each vase felt.

I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group of girls to come celebrate with me. This is a tradition I’m hoping to continue each year to say goodbye to fall and welcome and enjoy new and old friendships!




Ladie’s Luncheon

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I had so many friends help us move out of our old home and into our new home that I wanted to thank them all by throwing a lunch for them! I tried my hardest to keep it simple and CASUAL- so bottled sodas and a simple lunch were the way to go.img_6740

I had all of the salad plates set up with a wedge salad when my friends arrived- iceberg lettuce, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, bleu cheese and topped with ranch dressing. The perfect starter for a light lunch.

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As they finished their salads we cleared their salad plates and brought them grilled cheese sandwiches made with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and spread with an herbed butter- 1/2 c. softened butter blended with 1 tsp. lemon lemon juice, 1 T. diced fresh parsley, 1 t. diced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. The tomato soup stole the show though- fresh tomatoes blended with cream and served hot.

Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

3 T. olive oil                                                                                        1 T. tomato paste

1 1/2 c. chopped red onions (2 onions)                                          1/4 c. packed fresh basil leaves

2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped                                                    3 c. chicken stock or chicken broth

1 T. minced garlic (3 cloves)                                                             1 T. salt

2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely  chopped                      2 t. ground black pepper

1 1/2 t. sugar                                                                                        3/4 c. heavy cream

Heat the olive oil in large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and sauce for about 10 min., until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 min., until tomatoes are very tender.

Add the cream to the soup and process in a blender or food processor.

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Serving 14 women was kind of tricky getting us all into the same room but 2 tables held us perfectly and we were still close enough to talk. Putting a tablecloth onto an 8 ft. card table was the perfect solution.

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We ended the lunch with snickerdoodle ice-cream sandwiches- something small and sweet!

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