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.
This may have been the cutest, prettiest, friendliest, sparkliest, adorabliest, MOST DELICIOUS friendsgiving in the whole wide world!! Great job dolls!!
Thank you Z!!! You’re the sweetest host a Doll could dream for 👸🏼💭💕💞💘
Millennial Gifts says
Wow that might be the prettiest friendsgiving I’ve ever seen!!
Thank you, Doll! Pretty and fun. We had a blast 🎀🦃✨
I love the idea of giving thanks surrounded by friends. I’m so thankful for the positive contributions and support that friends have made to my life over the years.
Aww you are a-doll-able 🎀 Thanks so much for sharing.
Aw everything is sparkly and pretty! Love your dress too! And the food looks so good. 😊 Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Tami! The food was so yummy! We are still enjoying leftovers. 🎀🦃✨
Foodie Finds Home says
This looks like it was an absolutely awesome time. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful event with us!
Thank you so much. You’re a Doll!
looks like such a perfect thanksgiving!
Looks like you had a very full house! I’ve never done a friendsgiving, but I sure would love to! I’ll have to plan one for next year because there’s no time in our busy week that’s coming up. It would be such a great way to celebrate the love we all have for each other.
We did have a full Dollhouse – it was so fun to have everyone over and enjoying a fun twist on this classic holiday.
Sami | The Classic Brunette says
Friendsgiving is always so fun! We didn’t have one this year, but that’s only because we’re planning on doing a Christmas dinner party instead!
How fun! We can’t wait to hear about Christmas dinner. XOXO
I love fancy dinners! This looks all amazing. Makes me want to throw a dinner party 🙂
Thanks, Lisa! We had so much fun prepping and eating with our nearest and dearest. XO 🦃🎊✨
Sona Sethi says
Wow! Thats so cure. Love the decorations, the flowers and the fooood! So yummy! Sure it would have made your day. And you look so pretty.
Thank you, Sona! You’re a Doll. ❤🎀💕
Terri Steffes says
What a fun event and a full house. Nothing like a lot of people to make the festivities even more merry. I love your flowers and the table is fantastic.
Thank you, Terry! We love a full Dollhouse – open door policy 👸🏼👸🏽🎀✨
LOVE the festive decorations!
Thank you, Casey! We had so much fun getting festive. 🎊🦃👯✨
Melanie Frost says
Your Dollhouse is absolutely gorgeous and you look like fabulous hosts. I love the idea of Friendsgiving as a way to celebrate with just your friends. Save the family drama for Thanksgiving instead.
Haha – you said it, Melanie! No drama at Friendsgiving. XO 🦃🎀
How fun! I love how y’all decorated- so cute!
Thanks, Katie! You’re a Doll 🎀✨
Heather Denniston says
This all looks so good and I especially like the champagne bottles. They look awesome!
Champagne bottles that give back to a cause! What could be better? Oh yea…Glitter champagne bottles that give back to a cause 😂 Thanks Heather, you’re a Doll! 🎀
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
What a beautiful table for Friendsgiving! Those sparkle bottles! I need to jump over and check them out — so fun!
HI Patricia – Yes! Check out OneHope.com – sparkly bottles that give back to an amazing cause. 🦄🍾✨
What a fun and beautiful event! The food looks delicious, the drinks look amazing and it looks like you had a wonderful time!
We had a FAB time! Thank you, Allison. You’re a DOLL 🎀✨
It looks like yall had a blast! I loved hosting Friendsgiving in college. It’s such a special time of the year, why not share it with everyone? Your dresses are lovely. And that unicorn with the glittery champagne, please. I need that!
OMG we had a blast! The unicorn is still drinking champs… hehe 🦄🍾
This looks like an amazing time! I love friend get together soon over the holidays.
There’s nothing like friends during the holidays! XO 👸🏼👸🏽🍾🦃💕
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
I don’t know which looks better, the tablescape or the food. Both are absolutely beautiful! It looks like the night was a success.
Thank you, Cynthia! A good time was had by all 🦃🍾🍴
Erica Cardinal says
It’s so cute that you has spaghetti at your Friendsgiving! I also LOVE the detail on those dining chairs. 🙂
Thanks, Doll! The spaghetti was a HIT! Maggianos is sooooooo delish. 🍝🦃❤
Suzanne Spiegoski says
What a lovely Friendsgiving post! The food looked delish and the decor was so spot on! Great job hosting, my love 🙂
Thank you, Sweets! It was a Friendsgiving to remember ✨🦃🎀
Victoria Stacey says
Friendsgiving is always so much fun!! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Agreed! Thanks, Victoria. You’re a Doll. 🦃🎀🎊
So I have serious bar cart envy! You made that party look good. Everyone was dressed so cute and sparkly!
Thank you, Krystal! The RoomPlace has really affordable options and the bar cart was the perfect party accessory. XO 🦃✨🎀
Omg loving everything about this!! You definitely nailed your friendsgiving!!!!
PS ~ I’m obsessed with one hope!!! Fabulous bottles for an even more fabulous cause!
Thank you, Courtney! You are a DOLL 🎀
Your Friendsgiving outfits are so fabulous and elegant! This looks like it was an incredible party!
Thank you, Rachel! Our dresses are from a totally a-doll-able boutique. Check them out! http://www.bazar-online.com
Wow! Everything looks so good! It all looks beautiful and it looks like you had such a great time!
Thank you, Brittany! We had so much fun prepping for this party. 🎀
The table is absolutely gorgeous and looks like one your would see in a magazine! You did a beautiful job!
Thank you, Debra! You’re a DOLL 💘
Amber Nelson says
What a beautiful event! I would love to have a fun, festive party like that!
Thank you, Amber! We had a lovely time and hope it inspires you to have your own festive party! XO 🎀✨
Aww it looks like you had an incredible night! It’s always so nice to celebrate with your closest friends because they really are your true family.
La Belle Sirene
Megan McCoig says
Wow I’d love a spread like this for Christmas. Would definitely be well fed and it all looks relish. Great pics to:)
It’s a great spread for any holiday celebration!