A word from the planner
“There is nothing better than gathering with your tribe with a feast, eating, drinking and catching up… Am I right?! In this crazy world, taking time to be with your nearest and dearest before the Christmas season hits is always high on my list of priorities.”
Ellie Wilkinson, Creative Director, A Moveable Feast
An autumnal colour palette
Ellie set the scene by sending guests elegant invitations using a neutral palette.
“I love using Kraft board for stationery, it reminds me of brown paper packages, tied up with string, comforting and slightly nostalgic.”
To create the autumnal mood, a palette of browns, golds, dusky caramels, peaches and creams were used. All against a moody black backdrop.
A feast by the Indian Ocean
The venue was a private beach house, right on the Indian ocean. The riverside spot was perfect to keep the event intimate and private. Gorgeous black plank walls were placed at one end to create a screen and a black wire backdrop and bar were at the other to book end the table.
“I wanted the space to feel intimate and rustic but still luxe, sticking to natural mediums. Those hand dyed muslin napkins are just gorgeous – but accentuating them with brushed metallics to provide some warmth.”
Personalised menus and bespoke cocktails
No Friendsgiving would be complete without cocktails and guests enjoyed Hibiscus Saketinis and Blood Orange and Rye Collins before sitting down to a warming autumnal feast with matched wine. Guests were given personalised menus which carried the theme of the invitations on through the event.
“It’s worth spending some time on planning your menu, especially with an event which has traditional dishes. Sticking to the classics but switching them up to keep them fresh is the way to go! I was also really keen to keep the feeling of a family feast, with people passing dishes round the table.”
Dinner is served
Unctuous roasted pumpkin risotto began the feast, also a table feast of classic American sides crowned with a whole turkey, stuffed with fresh ricotta, smoked pecans & thyme, and then smoke roasted over hickory chips. From there a whole roasted brie, topped with local mulberries, honey & rosemary was shared around the group, delving into the gooey goodness. If the menu wasn’t indulgent enough, the evening concluded with a carrot cake Arctic Roll. Of course, brightened up with fresh raspberry and balsamic, coffee and petit fours.
“Whilst Thanksgiving isn’t a normal part of the social calendar outside of the US, it’s one of my favourite holidays – it’s just about being together, remembering how important community is, drinking and eating really great food.”
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