FriendsGivings 2012

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I was fortunate enough to enjoy not one, but two Fake/Friends-Givings this weekend. Double the turkey, double the friends, double the laughs and good times.

I can’t help but think back to my first year here in grad school – and our first annual FakesGiving – and reflect on how all of us have grown and bonded over the years. I’m really thankful for all my friends out here. These faces, in these pictures, are the reason I love Colorado as much as I do. It wouldn’t be the same without them.

LJ and Dan hosted FakesGiving at their home, and a feast it was! I have no idea how they did it, but they provided the turkey – and space – for some 30+ people on Friday night. What a blast.


The hostest with the mostest and myself…(ex)-roomies!:

Weez and I got photobombed pretty hard (classic Cara ;)) and Cabo was getting lots of love…

The next day on Saturday evening, Weez and I hosted a FriendsGiving at our home with some dear non-grad student friends of ours. We spent the day getting the apartment all ready to go for 11 people to arrive, including rearranging lots of furniture and setting up a long banquet table in our living room.

This was the first time I’ve ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal and cooked a turkey in my entire life.

I called my sister no fewer than 5 times along the way, to make sure I was doing everything right (thanks, sis!). It turned out great, all 20lbs of it!

Weez was in charge of the carving. Thank goodness, because I would have had no idea where to start.

Love these guys.

The whole crew!

After dinner but before pie, we played many hilarious games of Catch Phrase and this cool French game that’s a lot like Mafia. We laughed so hard we cried at one point. What a great night.

FriendsGiving’s weekend was a great success; the food and company were incredible. I truly am lucky to have all these friends in my life.

And the cool part? Those were just Thanksgiving feasts #1 and #2 for us :) I get to enjoy Thanksgiving feasts all over again this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as Weez and I make our way to Illinois to be with my extended family for the holiday weekend. So thankful for it all.

Who carves the turkey in your house?
Do you bounce around to more than one home for Thanksgiving feasts? 

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. M says:

    I used to host an annual Friendsgiving through college. We would put a few coffee tables together and cover them in red tablecloths and everyone would sit on the floor “Indian” style.

    Now that we’re all graduated and spread apart it makes me a little sad that I only get one feast this year!

  2. Jessica says:

    That turkey is bigger than YOU! looks like so much fun :D

  3. misszippy1 says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I’m glad you have a family away from home to share good times with like that!

  4. Maggie says:

    Sounds like a blast!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    By the way, I love your tops at both your Fakes/Friends-Givings!!! Love the polkie dots and the open shoulder. So cute!

  5. siobhan01 says:

    I love Catch Phrase!! Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I made my first turkey this year too! (Canadian Thanksgiving was last month so my week is not filled with delicious turkey and cranberry sauce although, I might have to make it happen this weekend!)

    And like you, I’m not a turkey carver!

  6. how fun! love that shade of yellow on you. also, cabo is such a ham! i’m usually all about turkey but have recently cut out meat (aside from fish && eggs) from my diet. so thanksgiving at luke’s grandparents house should be interesting bc i’m pretty sure that EVERYTHING has like a meat base/stock to it.

    would it be offensive if i brought along my own spaghetti squash? ;) :)

  7. lgsmash says:

    that looks so fun!!! we’ve decided to do our own thanksgiving this year (and i’m loving it!) but your friendsgivings look awesome! super cute outfits, too :)

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