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6 Tips for the Perfect Friendsgiving

Ranging from barstools to benches, the variety of pieces available in the Hill Country dining collection complements the floor plan of many homes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Effortlessly elegant, this tablescape appeals to all the senses and will set the tone for a relaxing Friendsgiving. Photo: ellaclaireinspired.com.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the fourth Thursday of November this year, we suggest hosting Friendsgiving. This modern adaptation of Thanksgiving celebrates friends and encourages us to be thankful for those closest to us — friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors and even new acquaintances. Whether you have a Friendsgiving party, a traditional Thanksgiving meal or enjoy both, these ideas will help make your event extra special. 

Creating a memorable invite is a way to create anticipation.

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    1. Create a memorable invite. One of the best parts of an event is the anticipation, and there’s no better way to build it than with an appealing invitation. Whether you choose to mail it, or go digital, your guests will enjoy opening your invite and knowing they have somewhere special to spend the holiday.

Set the tone for your event with a distinctive invitation you can mail or email to your guest list. Image: minted.com

For a traditional gathering, nothing tops an elegant printed invitation. Image: simplytoimpress.com.

2. Gather comfortably. Once you have your guests together, the goal is to keep them relaxed, fed and entertained. Start with a dining table that fits your space and your style, then add chairs that feel both comfortable and fashionable. Our selection ofriendship tables are perfect for Friendsgiving — They adjust from dining height to counter height to fit any occasion. You can even add removable leaves to expand them for the holidays and entertaining. 

Capture the essence of rustic luxe with the Crafted Friendship Table. Hooker Furniture.

friendship table like the Crafted Friendship Table is elegant and rustic which providing a versatile dining option. Its finish is inspired by the look of a bourbon barrel burnished over time, and is accented with aluminum accents with a heavy copper patina. Adjustable in height, it’s a multifunctional option designed for today’s lifestyles.

3. Set an amazing table. Sure, food is the focus of Friendsgiving. But remember, a beautiful tablescape creates ambiance and lets you express your individuality. 

This effortlessly elegant tablescape blends timeless elements of glass, silverware and candles with fresh greenery and pumpkins in soft hues. Classic books serve as chargers beneath the plates while a small loaf of homemade bread wrapped in twine appeals to all the senses. Image: ellaclaireinspired.com

With roots in traditional design, the Beaumont Friendship Table is an eclectic remix of old and new inspired by American antiques. Hooker Furniture.


What better way to show your friends how much they’re appreciated than with personalized place cards giving thanks for them? Photo: bloomdesignsonline.com

4. Try a new twist on a classic recipe. As you plan your menu (and remember, Friendsgiving events are typically potluck), think about new ways to serve classic favorites. Turkey: try it smoked. Potatoes: skip the mashed and roast them with rosemary. Stuffing: present it in a fun way with individual servings made in a muffin pan. 

For a Friendsgiving they’ll be talking about till next year, serve Rachel Ray’s easy-to-make Apple and Onion Stuffin’ Muffins. Find the Food Network recipe and video directions here.

Make your Friendsgiving Celebration personal, warm and friendly.

5. Make it your own. As you plan your Friendsgiving, choose the food, music and decor that fits you and your friends. There’s no right way to host this celebration — the key to making it successful is to make it your own.  Casual, formal, farmhouse or fancy … you decide what makes your event special.

Friendsgiving, by its nature, is an alternative to the limitations of outdated traditions. Embrace your uniqueness — and that of your closest circle — by surrounding yourself with the things you enjoy most. 

6. Be thankfulDon’t get so busy planning, shopping and cooking that you forget the reason for this season. 

As you create your ultimate Friendsgiving celebration, remember to take a moment to reflect and appreciate the people with whom you get to share it.


French Romance Meets City Chic

Modern black leather-and-chrome chairs get an alluring refresh in the company of curvy traditional French designs with soft silvery tones. Hooker Furniture.

My 22-year-old son is planning his own place and knows just what look he likes: rustic exposed wood furniture, edgy industrial metal and ….curvy French Provincial?

This mashup had me stumped — until I saw the Arabella furniture collection. Apparently, my son’s taste is shared by savvy Millennials, and Arabella tells the story beautifully.

Industrial luxe gets its edge from fearless play with proportion. Here, an elegant, curvy and marble-topped French metal nightstand is paired with a dramatic, overscaled modern lamp. Hooker Furniture.

“Industrial Luxe” evokes the urban factory conversion loft, romanced with French elements from the late 1800’s Belle Epoque design period. 

“Beauty and the Beast” meets “Iron Man” in this point of view born in the early years of the Industrial Age. With clever accents, Arabella captures the look, from Steampunk-inspired hardware to Hollywood Regency silverleaf and reverse-painted mirrors. Tough modern style gets a dash of cool wit and enticing glam that’s alluring. 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the ultimate Belle Epoque icon. Begun in 1887, it’s a perfect blend of modern, exposed structure and urbane romance.

How to balance a robust leather sofa? With a silvery console that looks light but handles the works for up to a 70 inch flat screen TV. A curvy dark end table and pale, textured rug adds to an intriguing traditional/modern mix.

The dining room is periodically lamented as passe, but not one like this. Beauty and the Beast meets Iron Man in the Arabella dining room. Traditional graciousness is updated with an urban edge. Foodies, take notice.

Parson’s-style nesting end tables are practical and timeless — but with silvery eglomise finish, they’re low-key little works of art. What an easy way to add some unexpected polish! Hooker Furniture.

While this gorgeous Arabella credenza can accommodate your 80-inch flatscreen TV, but don’t be surprised if guests gaze even with the TV off. With a champagne shimmer finish like gleaming mica and a top of waxed aluminum, this four-door credenza is a glamorous focal point like none other.

A youthful update on the classic quatrefoil pattern ties in the urban gray and moody sophisticated violet of the industrial luxe look. To show neutrals can be lively and dramatic, the quatrefoil motif of the pillow on the right ties in the iron hues of Arabella. Pillows: wayfair.com

Working remotely is a permanent fact of life, and so is the need for at least some hard-copy storage. Industrial luxe does the job right, with handsome pieces like this Arabella cabinet featuring two utility drawers and a locking lateral file drawer. Hooker Furniture.

If your roots are in traditional graciousness, but you’d like to update the style with an urban edge, give a look at the romantic Arabella Collection.


Fall Style Secrets for Home

As Mother Nature redecorates the fall scene with splendor, we are inspired to do the same inside our homes.

On trend for Fall, decor with secrets. Hooker Furniture

Fall is a time of transformation and coming home.

As leaves go from green to gold, light fades to dark faster each day and a chill returns to the air, the focus shifts from outdoors to the task at-hand: feathering our nests in ways that better suit how we live, work and play before Jack Frost hits the doorstep.

This Fall, that’s easy to do with furniture crafted with haute, hidden design elements.

Flexibility is served up here. Hooker Furniture.

With its adjustable dining-to-counter height, the Miramar Aventura Paolo Friendship Table will seat a crowd (with two leaves, it expands to 88 inches) for special occasions, or can be raised up to function in the kitchen as an island or bar for small, informal meals.

A new way to store more. Hooker Furniture.

The clean lines of the contemporary Melange Graham Wine Console add architectural interest and artful storage for up to 48 wine bottles. 

Proof that big things come in little packages. Hooker Furniture.

The compact Melange Valerie Rotating End Table has not three — but six — storage drawers, plus three spacious wraparound display shelves that are revealed by spinning the table on its rotating base.

How to create an uplifting experience in you home office.

When working, it’s easy to sit longer than we should, which can have harmful effects on the body and our health. With its adjustable height work surface, the Elon Lift Desk can help by converting itself into a trendy, ergonomically-designed standing desk.

With a press of a button, the Elon Lift Desk raises to standing position, so you can alternate between a standing and sitting position, optimizing health benefits. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Arabella mirrored lateral file cabinet is more than a pretty face.

A gorgeous accent for any home office, the French-inspired Arabella mirrored lateral file  houses a locking drawer with Pendaflex® letter/legal filing system; plus two additional utility drawers.

Waste not, want not with the Annex Panel Bed.

We all dream of more space to store our stuff. The rustic contemporary Annex panel bed makes dreams come true with two spacious pull-out drawers hidden in its louvered motif footboard.

Two spacious pull-out drawers are hidden in the louvered footboard of the Annex panel bed.

The Modern Romance Floor Mirror: the magic of illusion.

From afar, the Modern Romance floor mirror looks like a chic statement piece.

Abracadabra, when you open the Modern Romance floor mirror, there’s spacious jewelry storage. Hooker Furniture.

Since 71% of all burglaries are residential, that makes this mirror a must-have for every smart homeowner.

Fall is here. Winter (and the holidays) are coming. Isn’t it time to feather your nest in a new, better way?

Fall marks the return of sweater weather. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.