Friendsgiving: Wear, Taste, Decorate, Serve and See

Friendsgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and to be thankful. Volunteering to be a hostess for this occasion should not have to be elaborate, expensive, and all on you. Share this occasion especially with friends who are unable to travel and visit family or loved ones abroad during the holidays

Shein-Popup Open Front Loop Knit Cardigan and Yellow Cropped Ribbed Sweater with floral scarf
SHEIN Popup Open Front Knit Cardigan in Camel, Lettuce Trim Ribbed Crop Top, Flower Pattern Scarf
SHEIN Popup Los Angeles at the Americana, SHEIN Open Front Loop Knit Cardigan, Yellow Lettuce Trim Ribbed Crop Top. Floral Pattern Scarf
SHEIN Lettuce Trim Ribbed Crop Top in Yellow, Floral Pattern Scrunchie Scarf
SHEIN Lettuce Trim Ribbed Crop Top in Yellow, Floral Pattern Scrunchie Scarf

The SHEIN Popup is back in Los Angeles until November 24th at the Americana shopping center in Glendale. All sales are final.

Address: 863 Americana Way Glendale, CA 91210, Near the Apple Store

Hours: 11/18-11/21: 10am-9pm, 11/22-11/23 10am-10pm, 11/24 11am-8pm

If you can’t make it in person to the popup then shop online and use the discount code LA2019 until 12/31/2019 to get an extra 15% off.

All items listed I bought at the popup in Los Angeles but you can buy them online too.

Jacket: SHEIN Open Front Loop Knit Cardigan in Camel. I love the details that makes this unique woven textured cardigan stylish and warm.

Top: SHEIN Lettuce Trim Ribbed Crop Top in yellow. This top seems to run small and short. I wanted  it to meet the top of my high-waisted jeans so I went a size up.

Scrunchie Scarf: SHEIN Flower Pattern Scrunchie Scarf It is a two for one! Wrap the scarf around your neck in different tied positions or on your purse with or without the scrunchie. You can also wear the detachable scrunchie by itself in various hairstyles. At $4 this is a perfect stocking stuffer for a friend.

BlankNYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat, Free People One of the Girls Berry Henley, Michael Michael Kors Frenchie Platform Boots
BlankNYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat, Free People One of the Girls Berry Henley
Le Pain Quotidien Pumpkin Spice Latte, Coconut Macaroon, Forever 21 Chevron Cabbie Hat

Le Pain Quotidien is serving their organic pumpkin spice lattes that donate to the Make a Wish Foundation. Pair it with a gluten and dairy free coconut macaroon for a special treat. I enjoy going to the Americana at Brand during the holidays and stopping by Le Pain Quotidien in the morning before the shops open.

Some of the Americana highlights includes the Pacific Theaters 18-Plex. This movie theater has reserved seating so you can see all the upcoming movies in comfort.

Americana at Brand: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Jacket: BlankNYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat in sahara color. This fuzzy jacket has pockets too and the sleeve length is not overwhelming.

Top: Free People One of the Girls Henley in berry bouquet color.

Hat: Forever 21 Chevron Cabbie Hat

Boots: Michael Michael Kors Frenchie Platform Boots in Black, Right now they are 56% off! It has a comfortable platform heel to tuck your pants into.

Here are some creative ideas millenial style to share with friends that do not involve a big traditional Thanksgiving menu. Think budget conscious, less is more, casual, easy set up and clean up. Share in friendship with a potluck menu and love. Friendsgiving doesn’t have to be dinner. Here are suggestions for a morning potluck or after work movie night.

AM: Morning potluck: Breakfast quesadillas, avocado toast bar, acai bowl bar with homemade pumpkin spice latte (coffee optional) or hot tea

Scrambled Egg and Veggie Quesadillas
Scrambled Egg and Veggie Quesadillas

Breakfast Quesadillas
“Fluffy scrambled eggs mixed with red onions, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and topped with avocado. No gluten or dairy needed in this recipe. Crispy browned tortillas on the outside and soft egg and veggie mix on the inside.” Prep Time: 15 mins // Cook Time: 15 mins // Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 3-4 vegan gluten-free large corn tortillas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 2-4 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado thinly sliced
  • drizzle of lime juice
Instructions
-In a bowl combine eggs, coconut milk and salt/pepper. Beat until smooth. To the same bowl add red onions, tomatoes, cilantro and black beans. Mix
-Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add scrambled egg mixture and cook for a few minutes, stirring, until cooked through. Remove from pan.
-Divide scrambled egg mixture between the tortillas, layering only on one half of the tortilla.
-Top with avocado slices, and a drizzle of lime juice. Fold the tortilla in half.
-Heat remaining oil over medium heat and add the folded in half tortilla. Cook on both sides until browned. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Recipe courtesy of Avocado Pesto

Toast Bar

Friendsgiving Avocado and Nut Butter Toasts
Friendsgiving Avocado and Nut Butter Toasts

Make Toast, Top it With Avocado and Other Yummy Stuff and Eat!
Options: Organic Smashed Avocado,
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Diced Beets, Radishes, Sliced Harboiled Eggs,
Nutella, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Various Jams
Strawberries,  Bananas, Blueberries
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Lemon, Sea Salt, Pepper, Chili Flakes

Bread Suggestion: Check out the delicious fresh bread assortment from Rising Heart Bakery! All of their bread is gluten free and have vegan options! Choose from the vegans options of a brioche loaf, country white loaf, focaccia, millet loaf, oat loaf, pumpernickel loaf and rye loaf.
10836 1/2 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

Acai Bowl Bar

Friendsgiving Acai Bowl
Friendsgiving Acai Bowl

For the “smoothie” portion:
4 oz unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries
2 Açaí Smoothie Packs (Original or Unsweetened)

For the topping: sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, frozen blueberries, granola (choose a gluten free option), sliced almonds, coconut chips, honey (omit for vegan option)

-Run Smoothie Packs under hot water for 5 seconds.
-Load all smoothie ingredients into blender in order listed and blend until smooth
-Divide smoothie between containers and add toppings. Use small party sized containers – dessert cups for smaller portions.
Recipe courtesy of The Pig and Quill

Pumpkin Spice Latte  -Serves 4

Friendsgiving Pumpkin Spice Latte
Friendsgiving Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients: 6 cups almond or coconut milk, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 3 dates, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups freshly brewed coffee (optional)
To make the PSL: Place milk choice in a blender with ingredients. Blend on high, about 2 minutes
Heat mixture over the stove until desired temperature is reached
Serve in 4 mugs, Add coconut whipped cream on top

Coconut Cream: 1 can coconut milk refrigerated overnight, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into mixer bowl. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Recipe Courtesy of Sweet Laurel

PM Gathering: 
Home:  Watch a movie like The Holiday together while writing letters to the troops
Eat: Hot cocoa/cider and munchies, Chips, salsa and guacamole, Popcorn, Veggie platter with hummus dip
Outside: watch the new Tom Hanks movie A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood and discuss afterwards one way practical way you can be kind to a neighbor or person in the next week and then follow through with that goal!

Decorate your buffet table with mini pumpkins, gourds and store bought flowers from the market to cut and fit in a mason jar. If you want to add some charm during an evening gathering add battery operated candles in mercury glass votives.

Friendsgiving Table Decor with gourds and flowers in a mason jar
Friendsgiving Table Decor with gourds and flowers in a mason jar
Just Artifacts Mercury Glass Votive Holders
Just Artifacts Mercury Glass Votive Holders

Amazon Prime! Get 12 for $18.98

SPECKLED GOLD MERCURY GLASS VOTIVE CANDLE HOLDERS: The perfect touch to add glow and elegance to your event and home décor. Each votive is embellished with an antique speckled metallic finish.
SAFETY: For safety precautions we recommend the votives to be used with an LED tea light. However, regular tea light candles may be used.
DIMENSIONS: Top 2” diameter and approximately 2.75” height
NOTE: Wax Tea Light Candle(s) are NOT included.

Pottery Barn Sugared Pumpkin Decorative Filler
Pottery Barn Sugared Pumpkin Decorative Filler

If you can’t find real mini pumpkins, gourds, corn or other decorative items to place on your table consider looking for faux ones.

Pottery Barn is selling a set of 6 sugared pumpkin decorative filler pumpkins. The overall dimensions puts them at 1.75″-4″ in height so they can fit in an appropriate sized glass vase or bowl.

Fill the bowl with the sugared multi-colored pumpkins and  mini fairy lights  that come in a golden glow to add a special touch to the table. Put the battery operated timer on to have them automatically go on!

Serving Together
Thanksgiving can be a lonely time for many. Get your friends together to serve others who are in need. In the process of serving others it will bond your friends together in a heartwarming way to make a positive difference. Here are places you can serve or give back.
  • Write letters to soldiers: Write letters and messages of appreciation, support, and encouragement for our military, past and present and send through A Million Thanks. Please see the website for specific guidelines and where to send them.
  • Run for a Cause: 6th Annual Turkey Trot  in Orange County– Proceeds from the 5K provide meals for the hungry and homeless of Orange County, who have come to the Rescue Mission to overcome their homelessness. In Fullerton participate in the Kindness Walk – proceeds go to KM Legacy Foundation to raise money for brain cancer awareness & research and also to provide leadership opportunities for Fullerton District high school students. You can also Run for the Hungry in San Diego – All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter. The Turkey Trot Los Angeles – this event supports The Midnight Mission – an amazing 4 Star Charity that offers a path to self sufficiency for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Write gratitude notes for each other, your neighbors and people who have made a positive difference in your life.

See: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" Movie
November 22, 2019

Be inspired by kindness and see the movie starring Tom Hanks a biopic on Mister Rogers. There is already Oscar Buzz surrounding this heartwarming movie. Wear your red cardigan or sweater to see it!

It Only Takes One Person to Inspire a World of Kindness

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