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Friendsgiving 2015

Well, since we are a full week into December, there's no time like the present to recap Thanksgiving, right? Thanksgiving was a little different this year. A few weeks prior, we found out that Parker's squadron wasn't going to let us take leave. Through our years in the Navy, this would be our first Thanksgiving apart from family. We were initially pretty bummed, but there was nothing that we could do, so it was time to figure out how to still make the most of the holiday. 

We realized that we had several friends who also didn't get to go home. We love hosting, so the idea of Friendsgiving was born! A couple of our friends had family members that were able to come, so 10 of us all gathered around the table and had a wonderful day!

I busted out the fine china and made little pine cone place settings for everyone. Our table by no means seats 10 comfortable, but we all squeezed in! A crowded table with copious amounts of food... ahh Thanksgiving. 






We did a Thanksgiving pot luck, and everyone brought the dishes that were special to them. I really loved that! I did the stuffing, deluxe mac & cheese, Kentucky Spoonbread, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Most everything could be made the day before, so it was totally manageable. I got nostalgic making the crust for the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving morning. I knew my family was 1400 miles away doing the exact same thing. :)


After we ate until we couldn't eat anymore (Is there any other way to do Thanksgiving?), we retreated to the living room for some board games and good ol' fashioned conversation. Lots of laughs with wonderful people!


Friendsgiving 2015 was one for the books! A part of me has always wanted to do Thanksgiving with our military friends, and I am really glad we got the chance to this year. Your military friends become like a family. You can't choose them, so you just have to hope you get stuck with some good ones. We have been really blessed with our Navy family, and I am so thankful to get to do life with them!






10 comments :

Melissa said...

This looks like it was such a wonderful time! Last year, we couldn't fly because we were so close to a baby and our PCS, so we did Friendsgiving, and it was one for the memory books. It makes me thankful for our military family - as I'm sure it made you thankful, too! Love it :)

Kait said...

I love how you set your table -- it's gorgeous! I've already decided I'm coming next year ;) Also, what is Kentucky Spoonbread? I'm so curious!

Jen said...

What a wonderful time with friends, you outdid yourself yet again! :)

Bailey Kay said...

Looks like you had a great Friendsgiving! Yesterday I bawled when it hit me that there will be some point in the future when I can't spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and my birthday with my family.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! So sweet!

Patty said...

Looks like the party was a smashing success!!! The pinecone name card idea is so cute and festive...and you could re-use them for if you host Christmas or any holiday party:)

Happy Monday Chelsea:)

Hana R said...

how fun! As much as I LOVE doing Thanksgiving with my family every year since we live so close, I do miss doing Thanksgiving with our military family when we were so far away!

Janelle Vannice said...

How fun! I'm glad you were able to make the best of not being able to leave!

Tammy Jo said...

Oh my gosh that is so darn adorable! You are to stinkin' creative!

Stephanie said...

I love your place settings. You did a great job. Friendsgiving is so much fun!

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