Friendsgiving Dinner

There are two words that come to my mind when I think about Thanksgiving: Family and food… Lots and lots of food. The holiday season is officially here and I’m so excited to share today’s post to help get you in the spirit of the season.

Thanksgiving is a time to get the family together but we all have those friends who we share a familial bond with. Friendsgiving is no new concept but I love the thought of getting people together from different walks of life to share their family recipes, traditions and sentiments of thanks with friends old and new.

My neighbor Nichole writes a popular food blog, Casa de Crews, and I was so excited when she asked me to collaborate with her on a Blogger Friendsgiving post. She and her husband have become a big part of my and Sam’s Tampa story and I’m so thankful for the friendship our little families share. Make sure you visit her blog for tips on how to host an awesome Friendsigiving dinner, here.

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Nichole Crews of Casa de Crews
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For my little part in this Blogger Friendsgiving dinner, I came prepared with my favorite seasonal dessert: Pumpkin Pie. This should be no surprise as I shared a recipe for this pie last year but it’s so good, I just had to do it again. You can never have enough pumpkin in the holiday season.

What makes this recipe so different is that the pie is no bake and come packed with flavor from spicy cloves and ground ginger. I discovered the recipe from my mom when I was looking up pumpkin recipes to make for Sam (it’s his favorite) and it’s become a recurring staple on our holiday menu.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe

1 15 oz. can pumpkin purée

8 oz. cream cheese softened

1 tablespoon milk and 1 cup milk (keep separate)

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix

1 prepared graham cracker crust

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Instructions: Whip cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and sugar until smooth. Spread very gently onto crust. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl, stir until blended. Top over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Enjoy!

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Thinking about hosting a Friendsgiving dinner this year? We have a full menu packed with yummy recipes from some awesome food bloggers to help inspire your Thanksgiving dinner plans. Make sure to check them out for recipes to make your holiday extra tasty!

First Course:

Cheese Plate with Figs and Honey by Casa de Crews

Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini by Casa de Crews

Second Course:

Harvest Kale Salad by Supper for a Steal


Turkey with Dressing by Out of the Weeds

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Caesar Salad by An Appealing Plan by Krayl Funch

Spinach Gratin by Casa de Crews


No Bake Pumpkin Pie by Happily Audrey

Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Drizzle by Melissa Creates

Pear Sangria by The Flair Exchange



A huge thank you to our vendors who helped to make this shoot possible!

Photos by: Caroline & Evan Photography

Farm Table/Driftwood Chargers/Gold Flatware/Salt and Pepper Shakers from Set Event Rentals

Mismatched Wood Chairs from The Reserve Vintage Rentals

Floral from Belle Fleuer Tampa

Invitations and Menu cards from Tiny Prints

Creative Loafing Space, Ybor City, FL


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