Celebrate Friendsgiving with a beautiful table set with fall decorations and amazing dining table centerpiece ideas. Wait until you see these beautiful fall tablescapes and food ideas that are perfect for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any fall gathering.

Can you believe we getting ready to celebrate the holidays already? Before you know it Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will arrive.

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’m sharing some beautiful Friendsgiving ideas with a table set with fresh-cut flowers from my garden with pumpkins, fall decorations, and cozy candles.

Friendsgiving decor sets the stage for a warm and inviting gathering, where besties come together to celebrate gratitude and togetherness.

It’s a chance to infuse your space with the vibrant colors of autumn, the cozy comforts of the season, and the personal touches that make this gathering uniquely yours.

From table settings adorned with rustic charm to DIY crafts that reflect the spirit of friendship, these Friendsgiving ideas will transform any space into a welcoming haven to share good food, laughter, and lots of cherished memories.

Wait until you see these beautiful Friendsgiving ideas, as well as how beautiful this table and centerpiece turned out for brunch!

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Supper Club

To kick off the holidays this year, my supper club and I are hosting a Friendsgiving brunch and sharing our best decorating, entertaining, and food menu ideas for an amazing party.

Have you been following along in the fun? If you are new here, you can check out some of our best themes at the end of this post.

In case you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures and statues.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.

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So What Is Friendsgiving?

A Friendsgiving is the blend of getting together with friends and Thanksgiving. It is often celebrated before Thanksgiving with the taste of the holiday among friends.

This informal holiday tradition has gained popularity in recent years, especially among young adults and those who may be far from their families during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Friendsgiving typically involves a potluck-style meal where each attendee contributes a dish to share, creating a communal feast.

It’s an opportunity for friends to come together, express gratitude, enjoy good food, and create their own Thanksgiving traditions and memories in a more relaxed and social setting.

Friendsgiving celebrations often include various activities, games, and creative decorations, making it a fun and memorable event focused on friendship and thankfulness.

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When Do We Celebrate Friendsgiving?

While Friendsgiving has become more popular in recent years, it is the day you celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends or in lieu of celebrating with family.

There is no official day for Friendsgiving but most people opt to celebrate Friendsgiving before Thanksgiving.

And most often, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This flexibility allows friends who may have other family obligations on Thanksgiving Day to come together and celebrate in a more convenient and relaxed manner.

The exact date for Friendsgiving can vary from one group of friends to another, depending on everyone’s schedules and preferences, but it’s generally observed in late November.

close up of thanksgiving table under crystal chandlier with fresh flowers from the garden, pumpkins, candles and dinnerware by lenox

How Do You Decorate for Friendsgiving?

Similar to Thanksgiving, cozy up your home with an autumnal vibe. Here are some ideas for decorating your Friendsgiving celebration:

  • Fall Colors: Embrace the warm, earthy tones of autumn by using decorations in shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown. Consider tablecloths, napkins, and place settings in these colors.
  • Seasonal Centerpieces: Create a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table using fall elements such as pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and colorful leaves. Incorporate candles or fairy lights for a cozy ambiance.
  • Table Settings: Use rustic or vintage tableware, including mismatched plates, antique silverware, and personalized place cards, to add character to your table.
  • DIY Budget-Friendly Decor: Make your own decorations like paper leaf garlands, painted pumpkins, or mason jar candle holders.
  • Cozy Textiles: Add comfort and warmth with cozy textiles like throw blankets, pillows, and plaid table runners.
  • Festive Centerpiece: Place a bouquet of fall flowers, like sunflowers, dahlias, and mums, in the center of the table for a vibrant and cheerful touch.
  • Themed Decor: Incorporate Thanksgiving-themed decorations like turkeys, cornucopias, and pilgrim figurines for a traditional feel.
  • Buffet or Food Station: Set up a separate area for food and drinks with a decorative backdrop, and use chalkboards or signs to label dishes and drinks.
  • Autumnal Wreath: Hang a fall wreath on your front door or in your dining area to welcome guests with seasonal charm.
  • Candles and Lighting: Create a warm and inviting atmosphere with candles, lanterns, and string lights. They can provide both decoration and ambient lighting.
  • Photo Booth: Set up a photo booth area with props and a backdrop for fun and memorable photos with your friends.
  • Gratitude Wall: Create a wall or bulletin board where guests can write down what they are thankful for. This interactive decoration adds a meaningful touch to the celebration.
friendsgiving ideas for the dining table with pumpkin centerpiece and fresh fall flowers

Friendsgiving Decor and Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas

This year is a first for celebrating Friendsgiving with my blogging besties and I’m super excited to host them here.

For our brunch party, I set a beautiful table with fresh flowers and pumpkin centerpiece together with a neutral autumn color palette so the blooms pop on the table.

And I love the result.

Here’s how to pull this look together.

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Determine Your Color Scheme

Before decorating with dining table decor ideas, choose an autumn color palette for your particular theme.

Are you decorating with a neutral color scheme? Warm autumn color palette?

Consider the fall season and create a stunning table with a vibe that speaks to you.

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Creating Cozy Layers

Whenever you set a table for special occasions, add layers of table decor to give the table depth, dimension, and texture.

Those layers are a great way to create a cozy and welcoming vibe for guests.

I prefer to start with the center of the table by using a tablecloth and/or a table runner to create a soft look that is ready for the perfect centerpiece.

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Add a Gorgeous Centerpiece

Whether you purchase or make your own dining room centerpiece, it is the focal point of your table and drives the rest of the design.

There are lots of great options for flower arrangements too.

You can make an easy centerpiece with pumpkins and mums.

Or you can set a bunch of mason jars or stemless wine glasses to make smaller flower arrangements and tuck them in among smaller pumpkins and gourds.

You can even tuck in a small potted plant here and there too.

If you want a set-and-forget approach to centerpiece design, you could even use faux flowers. Just make sure they look real and authentic before including them.

friendsgiving table set with dining table centerpiece made with fresh flowers and pumpkins, taper candles, and green plants with lenox, vintage wine glasses in farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch

The options for dining table centerpiece ideas are endless. Either way, a beautiful centerpiece is a must.

And I like to create a full look down the middle of your table. To me, it just looks more abundant and cozy that way.

For my Friends giving table, I made a floral centerpiece using a fresh pumpkin as the base.

While I’ve made a simple centerpiece before using pumpkins with garden mums, this large floral arrangement is even easier because the pumpkin is no-carve.

Plus, the different shapes and sizes of every single flower create a unique centerpiece that sets the stage for the rest of the table.

dining table set for friensgiving brunch with candles, pumpkins, greenery and beautiful centerpiece with fresh flowers and pumpkins

Setting the Dinner Table

After you make or buy your dining room table centerpiece, it’s time to set the dining table. Each place setting is made with cozy layers of table décor.

An easy place to start a table setting is with a pretty placemat or charger.

Since I’ve got a full table here with a tablecloth, table runner, and real flowers, I opted to use these simple gold charger plates and then layered each with my Lenox dinner and salad plates.

As an aside, I love my Lenox and try to use it as often as I can but feel free to use everyday use plates if you want.

close up of friendsgiving brunch or thanksgiving table setting with gold charger, lenox dinner and salad plate, mustard linen napkin and pumpkin with centerpiece of flowers and pumpkins with candles

To make each place setting feel a bit softer, I used this gorgeous mustard-colored linen napkin between the dinner and salad plates.

As a final touch, I love to add natural materials like this pretty little pumpkin to finish off the table’s theme.

I love using these cutlery pouches to hold the gold flatware utensils.

And for the glassware, I mixed some vintage wine goblets with my grandmother’s lead crystal stemware.

farmhouse table set for friendsgiving brunch or thanksgiving dinner with pumpkins, flowers, dining table centerpiece, crystal chandelier, vintage wine glasses, black china cabinet and hutch and candles

Add Mood Lighting

Regardless of whether you are hosting a brunch or dinner party, add some candles to help set a cozy mood.

I added these beautiful vintage candle holders with taper candles as well as some votive candles sprinkled around the table.

Don’t worry about mixing different sizes together because once it’s all set and lit on the table, the candles will be lit at different heights creating a warm, cozy look.

Another good choice for lighting in lieu of real candles is to pick up some battery-operated options. They look just as beautiful and you don’t have to worry about them burning down or spilling wax.

But I also tucked in these adorable mini gold lanterns and votive candles that add the perfect glow to the dining table.

friensdgiving or thanksgiving table set with fresh flower and pumpkin centerpiece, lenox, candles and cyrstal chandelier

Friendsgiving Potluck Food Ideas

Friendsgiving potluck gatherings offer an excellent opportunity for everyone to showcase their culinary skills and contribute to a diverse and delicious feast.

Here are some popular Friendsgiving potluck food ideas that are sure to please a crowd:

  • Roast Turkey or Turkey Alternatives
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing or Dressing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Gravy
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Salads
  • Vegetable Sides
  • Bread or Rolls
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pies and Desserts
  • Appetizers
  • Soup or Chili
  • Beverages

Encourage communication among guests to ensure a balanced spread of dishes, and consider creating a sign-up sheet or assigning categories (appetizers, sides, mains, desserts) to ensure variety.

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More About Friendsgiving Ideas

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More Friendsgiving Decor and Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas

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14 Comments

  1. Goodness, Stacy this is stunning. I love all of the layers. And the gold accents are so classy and elegant. Can’t wait for the brunch menu. Pinned!

  2. I am always blown away by your centerpieces and table arrangements and this one is no surprise. I love the elegance of this one. I’ll have to remember the tip on mood lighting! I always forget that. So excited to have joined y’all this month. Thanks bunches. Everything is gorgeous!