The Beauty in Friendsgiving

This past weekend, my soul was nourished over laughs, giggles, conversations and dinner at my first Friendsgiving with some of my closest creative friends. Holidays for me have always been about family and might I add family that I love dearly. So many may not have that same sentiment. Therefore, some people have now openly embraced Friendsgiving as a way to celebrate the holidays with friends that are like family. This Friendsgiving was special to me because it was an opportunity to spend time with friends outside of work and have a cool evening getting to know each other outside of the normal creative conversations.

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with creative friends

Carmeon, interior designer, welcomed us into her gorgeously decorated home to host her very first intimate Friendsgiving. My girlfriends Kim who took all of the beautiful photos and Quaneshia joined us aind brought fun, laughter and great stories to bring all the feel goods to life. We sipped rose and indulged in the cutest charcuterie board before starting dinner. There is something so special about letting your hair down, sipping rose and chatting about life with girlfriends over cheese, olives, and wine.

  Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with friends
  Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with friends

I think it’s pretty self explanatory that when you get a group of gorgeous women who are content curators and storytellers in one room, there will be pictures. The beauty of having girlfriends who are creatives is that we all understand the immense value of capturing candid moments but also being present in the moment to actually enjoy each other. We all shared on IG and of course as we should. Because for me, it’s so important to highlight the value in having smart, talented and genuine friends that you can enjoy and nurture relationships with.

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with Memphis creative friends

We shifted into the dining room to move the laughter and conversations about family, love and 90s RB so that we could begin dinner. Carmeon prepared the cutest tablescape with a floral centerpiece by Everbloom Design and a place setting with rosemary adornments. We enjoyed roasted chicken, rosemary and thyme candied carrots with honey, creamy homemade mashed potatoes, and buttery asparagus. Everything complimented each other so well. Carmeon really put a lot of thought in carrying the tastes through out the entire dinner. There wasn’t a detail untouched. The cardamom carrot cake by Sadie’s Cake Co. with pecan pie filling and chunks of raisins and a rich yet light cinnamon buttercream icing was the perfect ending to a beautiful night.

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with creative friends
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Friendsgiving with creative friends

The beauty I found in this Friendsgiving was sisterhood and passion. Life with a group of friends who are deeply passionate not just about work but about family, love, creativity, food and finding joy is worth celebrating every single day. Joining my friends was both motivational and inspirational. It showed me how important it is to embrace your friends, celebrate with them and find the beauty in what we each give to each other. That’s friendship!!!!