A Simple Outdoor Friendsgiving Tablescape

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Looking for a special way to celebrate your family and friends this Fall? Gather them up and create a simple outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape that will foster fellowship and thanksgiving!

A simple outdoor tablescape featuring apples, candles and pops of blue

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Hey, welcome to my backyard! I’m Kelly and I love making things pretty here at home while staying on a budget. Today I am thrilled to be joining Aliya of Open Doors Open Hearts and Jen of Midwest Life and Style, for a Friendsgiving Tablescape Inspiration hop.

If you are hopping over from Pasha of Pasha Is Home, welcome! I loved her simple and welcoming Friendsgiving tablescape.

An outdoor eating space perfect for Friendsgiving.

A Simple Outdoor Friendsgiving Tablescape

Have you celebrated Friendsgiving before?

Honestly I never have. But if you know me then you know that has never stopped me from creating a beautiful tablescape. And really, who doesn’t love an excuse to gather with their friends and show them some love!?

A simple outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape.

The Perfect Friendsgiving Setting

One of the many features my husband and I fell in love with in our new home was the outdoor entertaining space.

Our backyard has two gorgeous pergolas and under one of them is our firepit, and under the other is a huge wooden dining table that seats 10 or more. We purchased the table and chairs from the previous owners knowing that we would host many parties out here with our friends and family.

Black chairs, long wooden table, under an outdoor pergola.

A Place For Food and Fellowship

I had the honor of creating this gorgeous table with my mom. We work so well together and we had a lot of fun letting our creative juices flow to bring this table to life. She always inspires me and makes me feel like I can do anything. Goodness I love her like crazy!

I also had fun photographing the table during the day and the evening. I love both equally and wanted to share it in both lights!

An evening outdoors with a table set for Friendsgiving.

In my mind this outdoor space is the perfect spot for food and fellowship. Hosting others at our home is one of my favorite things to do. I learned the importance of showing hospitality from my mom. She has always welcomed others into her home with a come as you are approach. No matter if you are family, or friends, you leave feeling loved, encouraged and full of yummy food. I love carrying on this tradition.

candles, apples and outdoor seating: the perfect Friendsgiving tbalescape

Simple Table Settings

When I host friends I like to keep things simple and casual.

This includes the table settings. The plates are stacked on the table, napkins are near and the silverware is held in a rustic container. Friends are encouraged to gather and sit wherever they feel comfortable.

A casual outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape.
rattan basket for gold silverware.

Nothing too formal. But always welcoming. Always thoughtful.

An evening outdoors!

Not much is needed to add ambiance to this space so I kept this Friendsgiving tablescape simple and natural. The café lights hanging above are from Costco and can often be found on any given night. I adore them and love being able to share them with friends!

A simple apple centerpiece is perfect for an outdoor Friendsgiving centerpiece.

Simple Centerpiece

For my Friendsgiving centerpiece my mom and I clipped branches from the apple tree in my yard and collected apples for the glass vase. Our tree is quite heavy with apples so there were plenty to go around! The fern etched glass vase was a wedding gift from our dear friends and I treasure it!

A Friendsgiving tablescape with fresh apples, candles and pops of blue.
An apple centerpiece with a boxwood wreath.

In between the branches I scattered a variety of votive candles to be lit when the sun goes down.

Candles add ambiance to this outdoor tablescape.
An evening table set with candles, wine glasses and a tablecloth.

Friendsgiving Decor Ideas

Blue is my favorite color so the plaid napkins (originally from the Target dollar bins) and the blue April Cornell tablecloth were the perfect companion to the red apples and greenery of the branches.

plaid blue and white napkins with apples for decor add pretty touches to this outdoor table setting.

I also set the glass vase on a circular bread board and added a preserved boxwood wreath around the base for extra texture. Nothing fancy but just enough to let my friends know that this was a special table set just for them.

A simple outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape on a large wooden table with black metal cahirs.

The wine glasses give a nod to elegance while also serving as a beautiful reminder that beauty can be found in the simplest of items when paired together.

When Do You Host Friendsgiving?

The questions that I have always wondered was when do you host Friendsgiving? Before or after Thanksgiving? Day time or evening? Inside or out?

hydrangeas, baskets and lanterns

And the simple answer is you host it whenever and wherever it works for you and your friends. My pictures show both day and night and obviously outside. But honestly there is no wrong or right answer.

Evening blloms and lanterns with candles

Friendsgiving is all about gathering with your friends and finding time to have a meal together while letting them know they are treasured.

Apples and candles make for the perfect outdoor Friendsgiving table setting.

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A Simple Outdoor Friendsgiving Tablescape

So do you plan to host Friendsgiving this year? Hopefully you found some inspiration today and maybe even felt a stirring to open your home to your friends this Fall. Now make sure to head over to my talented friend Jen from Cottage On Bunker Hill to check out her Fall Harvest Tablescape. Then scroll down to visit all of my other friends sharing their tables as well.

And if you ever find yourself in Colorado know that you always have a seat at my table!



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  1. Kelly!!! OH MY WORD!!! I love your Friendsgiving table setting! I can’t wait until our baby apple trees are loaded with apples and I can clip some branches like you! Right now my “hot husband” (haha!!!) is learning how to help them grow so fingers crossed!! My mom also taught me all about hospitality! and I agree, it seems like the best tradition to continue to pass down. Nothing better than some fellowship! Miss you so much girl!! XoXo

  2. Kelly,
    Your table is so beautiful! I love dining outdoors and you have a wonderful spot. I loved the apples and the boxwood wreath. So fun doing these together.

  3. Your table is absolutely stunning, Kelly. I love the beautiful nighttime images and how you used inspiration from your apple tree. Simple and pure fall perfection!

  4. Kelly, this is absolutely stunning! You new back patio is the perfect place to host outdoor parties, and I can only imagine how lovely it did look glowing at night.
    I’ll be right over haha!

    It’s always a joy to blog hop with you.


  5. Oh my gosh, Kelly! That outdoor space is so gorgeous! And I absolutely love the simplicity of the apple centerpiece and the branches down the center of your table. It’s just perfection!

  6. Kelly – I LOVE your new backyard! And that table!! We have an extra large outdoor table too – and I seriously love it! The idea to use apples and branches from your apple tree is so creative my friend! I might have to get an apple tree 🤪!

  7. Kelly,
    I continue to be head over heels about this tablescape!
    It’s such beautiful inspiration. Pinned!!

    Wishing you and your sweet family a happy weekend,

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