Friendsgiving.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In this week's Equals Record post, reflections on "Friendsgiving." (Below, a few photos from the night - turns out, seating fourteen people in a New York City living room is no easy feat!)


As always, a short excerpt: "To accommodate our many guests, we placed an old desk—which normally holds turntables and a hodgepodge of vinyl records—at the end of our dining table (mismatched tablecloths covered the dings and scratches). A lack of proper silverware forced us to get creative, using spatulas as serving spoons, ladles as ice cream scoops. And the food. There were two stuffings. Six pies. Enough cranberry sauce to feed a football team. This is what happens, I learned, when a group of fourteen collaborates on dinner. It was the first Thanksgiving I’ve ever hosted (or co-hosted, as it were), and the first I’ve spent away from family. With our ever-fluctuating guest list, disorganized menu, and relative lack of space, I wondered beforehand whether the night would end up feeling like a real Thanksgiving."

Read the rest, here, and find the archive for my column, Looking Forward, here. Thank you so much for your support! Have a lovely Wednesday.

15 comments:

Hannah Margaret Allen said...

Like always, look forward to reading your words. I can't imagine being away from my family at the holidays, but I can also see it being incredibly refreshing and empowering knowing you can do it without them. That may just be the Southern heritage in me.

xoxo

Katie said...

miss-matching and making do is the best kind of do. It should be all about the friends, not the decor. And it looks COZY.

Rincy said...

Eeps! you slay me with these posts Shoko. The last two lines of the full article are so heart breakingly beautiful. What a fabulous treat to have a friend who recognizes that in this crazy world :)

Lots of love to you! x

Shoko said...

Thank you, guys!

Hannah, thanks! And I know what you mean - there's nothing quite like spending the holidays with family. But this felt like a family gathering, too :)

Katie, yes, it was so cozy!

Rincy, that's so nice of you to say. Thank you so much!

Melissa said...

What a crowd! I love your description of the day and the food and the setup. I also love hearing everyone's "thankful for's". Having what you need is a pretty good one. Glad it was a good day!

wmbg. said...

were you guys playing spin the bottle in that last photo? :)

Kathy said...

There is always so much appreciation for what truly matters in your writing, and it definitely shines in this week's post! Also, your friend Warren is a wise one!

Shoko said...

Melissa, thank you! I hope yours was lovely, too!

wmbg, it certainly looks like it, doesn't it??

Kathy, thanks so much! And yes, he is very wise :)

sherry said...

Believe me you will remember this Thanksgiving for the rest of your life. It's priceless. I am so happy to know you have your own "family" in NY! Love your post, as usual.

aliceinbo said...


Best things in life are always shared!!!

Fai said...

this sounds so cozy and lovely thanksgiving + you friend warren is awesome!

x

rebecca said...

friendsgiving leaves out the annoying family members!! perfect. glad you had a good one. :)

Rachel @ Existation said...

Yay Friendsgiving! =] That living room looks so warm and cozy.

Lisa said...

Shoko, your Thanksgiving looks and sounds like so much fun! I want to host a Friendsgiving tooo :) We have a very small house, but I always think there is something so cozy about squeezing everyone into the living room and improvising along the way. The picture of you is gorgeous (well, you always are :). Beautifully written!

Trish said...

That's what it's all about - good food and good friends who are like family! Lovely column!

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