Each day is a new opportunity to express gratitude. The Dolls are thankful for everyone and everything the Universe has created especially the opportunity to leave a positive impact on the world around them. It brings Caitlin and Danielle great joy to show their friends how much they are loved and appreciated with an invite to their Second Annual Friendsgiving Dinner Celebration. Follow their lead for some Doll direction on how to set up and host the perfect Friendsgiving.
Friendsgiving is a fun and unique way to bring your tribe together before the actual Thanksgiving Holiday. When you’re throwing a friend fête, remember… “There are no rules!” Invite your nearest and dearest and have fun with every party element.
We decided to incorporate some new furniture in our Dollhouse to accommodate seating for all of our lovely guests. Spectacular furniture pieces help create the ideal setting for Friendsgiving – warm, cozy and inviting during the holiday season. We decided to indulge in a Dollhouse décor piece this year – a new dining room table from The RoomPlace.
We were greeted and taken care of by a friendly and professional staff who helped us pick a spectacular item to wow our guests. The Platinum Dining Table Set is SO stylish and exceptionally priced.
Doll Tip: When you’re shopping for signature pieces for your home, look for furniture that has personality to complement its beauty.
When we sat down and put together a guest list – it grew and grew. What’s a Doll to do? We headed back to The RoomPlace and grabbed a few more items for the memory making. Some stylish barstools for overflow seating and a beautiful bar cart for all their lovely adult beverages.
Flowers are like friends, they bring color to your world. Fresh flowers are essential to hosting a lovely dinner party. The Dollhouse go-to flower shop, Morgan’s in Bloom always delivers fresh, beautiful and colorful centerpieces.
Pretty is in the presentation. Start with fresh colorful blooms to set the scene. We love the autumnal palette and the pop of life that fresh flowers bring to the table. Use varying heights on your tablescape with candlesticks, vases, and festive accessories to create depth. You can even get creative and trail flowers throughout the food display to create blissful vibe.
A signature drink and sparkly bottles of champagne make for a successful party at the Dollhouse. We love to greet our guests with some festive options that help set the mood.
The Dolls adore a nice gin cocktail, a fine Cadillac and an occasional cigar. Boodles is the first-ever mulberry gin in America and makes the perfect signature drink for any holiday event. The taste combines delicate mulberries with notes of raspberry and currant to create a sweet and subtle medley. Boodles Mulberry adds the perfect complement to Boodles British Gin’s unique botanicals of rosemary, nutmeg and sage, creating the proper balance and complexity of flavor.
We served this Gin with our favorite sugar, sodium, caffeine, gluten and guilt free Cascade Ice. This calorie-free mixer comes an array of tasty flavors like pomegranate berry, acai blueberry pomegranate, peach mango, cranberry pomegranate, lemonade and all the flavors pair well with mulberry. GO DOLLS!
If we’re going to drink and be thankful we might as well be inspired too. OneHope speaks to our souls with their glitter bottles and good intentions. This wine company does our favorite thing… THEY GIVE BACK. To date, OneHope has made more than 2 million dollhairs in donations, providing over 2,600 clinical trials for cancer patients, 13,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.1 million meals for children, 33,000 life-saving vaccines and much more. It’s the perfect bottle to bring to share with those you love.
ALWAYS be yourself unless you can be a unicorn drinking glitter champagne, then ALWAYS be a unicorn drinking glitter champagne. We love this fun champagne presentation! You can find our festive unicorn on Amazon.
There’s nothing quite like gathering around the table and feasting with your friends. We put together a unique Friendsgiving spread like no other – this is the foodie era after all!
We learned after last year’s festivities that even two Dolls need some help with all the preparation and cooking of a traditional Friendsgiving Dinner. Naturally, we are in LOVE with our friends over at Fresh Thyme who cut our food prep time down by 12 hours and saved us about one-hundred-dollhairs. Fresh Thyme offers healthy, hearty and helpful options for all Turkey Dinners. You can order the whole dinner for about sixty-dollhairs. If you are fabulous at cooking your own turkey and only need sides, they’ve got you covered as well; thirty-dollhairs will get you all the traditional sides. Learn more here and call ahead or stop in store to order your dinner in time for Thanksgiving.
We’re going to pork ya! This is the part where we have fun serving what we want… What started as a small meat packing company over sixty years ago has easily become one of the leaders in the pork industry – Smithfield! The Doll Menu featured delicious pork loins (you can pick up a variety of pre-marinated options at Fresh Thyme), Orchard Peach Spiral Sliced Ham, and the Dollhouse signature bacon basket weave turkey topper!
Everybody loves an Italian girl (and a girl that speaks Italian)…. and more importantly Italian Food. This is an exciting year for Maggiano’s in Chicago and around the US – the original location on Clark and Grand celebrated 25 years just last week. We kept the celebration going by adding some delightful eats from the Italian Stallion of restaurants to FriendsGiving. Wildcard Friendsgiving items included classic pasta and meatballs, chicken marsala, chopped salad and delicious desserts were some of our Friendsgiving Favorites. Call their amazing catering department to help organize your next feast fête!
We are sending a special THANKS to all of our VERY supportive friends and family for believing in the magic that is Once Upon a Dollhouse. The last year has been one of the most beautifully chaotic years filled with beauty, growth, love, happiness, joy and pure bliss. We raise a toast to all those who follow along our journey, we love you with our whole hearts.
This post was sponsored by The RoomPlace.
Caitlin and Danielle are wearing dresses by Bazar Chicago.