I know it may be a little hard to believe, but I attended my first Friendsgiving this past weekend! I’m always with family during this time of year (and I might see a friend or 2 on the actual day), but this was my first time being invited to celebrate, and it was just what I needed to kick off the holiday season. I came down with a cold on Thursday night and wasn’t at 100%, but I’m so glad I rested on Saturday and pushed myself to go.
Carmeon (@NubiInteriors) decided to host a small group at her home and we. had. a. blast. Not everyone she invited was able to make it, but Andrea (@AndreaFenise) and Q (@AccordingToQ) also came and…honey, if you don’t have a group of women that you can celebrate and hang out with in your life, you’re living wrong! Carmeon was the hostess with the mostess, so while we waited for dinner to finish cooking, we sipped rosé and noshed on a yummy charcuterie board that she prepared (if you’re having guests over, this is the EASIEST thing to set out because it allows them to mingle, sip and nibble while you handle any last minute tasks).
Everybloom Design created the most beautiful centerpiece for the table, so of course you know we took pictures while we talked, which… let me say this: one of the things I love most about this particular group of women is that while we are all content creators and love to capture moments, we all strive to do it in an authentic way. Yes, we took pictures (I mean hellooooo, I had my camera with me, lol), and took a few IG stories here and there throughout the evening, but we also knew when to put our phones DOWN and be present with each other. So many connections are based on social media clout and trying to be seen these days, and I like that I’ve been able to build friendships within this community who are storytellers with so much to say beyond the superficial, so it isn’t just about the “show” but about the experience as well. Now more than ever, these types of relationships are needed.
For dinner, Carmeon prepared roasted chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, asparagus, and rosemary & thyme roasted carrots. My girl can cook!
For dessert, we were treated to a deliciously decadent cardamom carrot cake with pecan pie filling and cinnamon buttercream icing from Sadie’s Cake Co.
YALL. YALL. I cannot explain how delicious this cake was. It was fresh, sweet, and the icing was creamy and light, almost like it was whipped. It was so frigging good and the perfect ending to our meal.
While we all initially connected through blogging and the creative community here, our relationships have moved beyond that to where we are actually friends. We talked about life, love, motherhood, and even style throughout the evening and it was so refreshing. We’re all at different stages in our lives but still able to connect and learn from each other, which is a beautiful thing. I love strong, supportive women and I’m thankful to call these beautiful women my friends.