Thursday, November 19, 2020

Quick & Festive Friendsgiving Tablescape with Packed Party

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is a week away. I’m hoping that tonight, after attending a small Friendsgiving, it will start to feel more like it’s approaching. Usually, about a week out, I begin to feel the eagerness to head home, and while I’m certainly excited, I still feel like I have a lot to get accomplished in the meantime to be able to fully appreciate my time off spent with family. I feel fortunate that I will be able to see them this holiday season, even if we are doing Thanksgiving with just our immediate family this year.  

sweater (currently on sale) // jeans // earrings

With so many changes in plans for everyone this year, I think sticking to traditions as well as being open to the idea of making new ones is going to be especially important. While usually, I have 2 or 3 Friendsgiving to attend with different groups of friends, even cutting back to one small one feels like an adjustment. I didn’t want to escape the event without sharing some fun ideas for whatever small gathering you may be having to give thanks this year! 

Given my job, it’s no surprise that I love setting the table and embracing a theme to do so. While smaller numbers at gatherings this year may mean that you have enough of your good china and glassware to set the table fully, I know that with Friendsgiving especially, I try to make the cleanup as easy for myself as possible but am not always willing to sacrifice style when it comes to boring paper products. Luckily, a long time favorite brand of mine released the cutest Thanksgiving collection with Walmart and made setting the table with some disposable products that much more fun! 

Y’all may remember me talking about Packed Party in the past since I’ve been a fan of the brand since they began years ago. It has been incredible to watch them grow their small team and expand their products to stores like Whole Foods and Walmart. The paper products in this post are from their Walmart collaboration and are the perfect quick yet festive way to upgrade your table for Friendsgiving or create new traditions for Thanksgiving! 

I’m all about a tablecloth since it makes cleanup quick, and the plaid print and scallop detailing on this plastic one pretty much set the scene for my table. I used some gold scalloped chargers that I already had as a base for some white plates so the extra thankful paper dessert plates could really stand out. Since paper napkins are easier to clean up than cloth ones, I figured I could elevate them just a bit with some gold bow napkin rings I had, and I carried that touch of sparkle to the glassware and candles too. 

While I love arranging flowers, I decided to save that effort for Thanksgiving with my family and opted for a bowl full of pumpkins and gourds instead. Since our table isn’t huge, I didn’t need much else to take up space, and it wouldn’t be a Friendsgiving in our house if we didn’t use our pilgrim hat place cards that have made an appearance at our past two Friendsgiving. We never write names on them since I’d rather people sit where they please, but we do always force everyone to get a picture wearing them. And because tradition is tradition, you can bet I’ll be doing the same thing tonight!

The pilgrim hats from year's past. 

So, if you’re on the last minute hunt to make things festive for your table for Thanksgiving, you’re in luck that Walmart has fast two-day shipping and is also carrying these products in stores. I’ve included links to the items shown and more from the collaboration below to make shopping especially easy. 


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