This Friendsgiving entertaining was hosted by Cambria Winery.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. A time for gratitude and giving thanks with your family. However, our friends can be family to us too. Even if we don’t get to spend the exact day of Thanksgiving with them, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a get-together to show how much they mean to you. Throwing a Friendsgiving means gathering your friends and enjoying the tastes of the delicious food, drink and their company. It can be a blast, and it doesn’t have to be too complicated to put together.
My husband and I love entertaining, but for our Friendsgiving event we wanted it to be an informal sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. We decided to make it a mingling event with good wine, delicious bites, lots of talking, laughing and an all-around fun evening.
I decided to create a small bites menu for easy eating since we wouldn’t be using a fork and knife to eat, and would more than likely be standing. I took all the main elements of a large Thanksgiving meal and made them into some finger food sizes.
It was fun creating this menu, and the guests loved it. We also enjoyed some delicious wine, which is always a hit. We wanted our guests to enjoy some of our favorite wine from Cambria Estate Winery. We served 2012 Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2012 Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay.
To save space and add flow to the room, we set up a buffet table with decor, plates, glasses, and utensils. We then used a round table to hold all the food and allow people to easily make a plate. We had plenty of wine on both tables because we all need easy access to that!
Cranberry and Sage Stuffed Turkey Roulade Bites
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Crème Fraîche
Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Bacon in Fillo Cups
Maple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing in Baked Apples
Mini Vanilla Stuffed Spice Cakes with Caramel
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