November 20, 2017

 

Friendsgiving: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes of a Friendsgiving Segment 

I was given some products from Oriental Trading to use in styling parties. 

I'm so excited friends, I got the opportunity to show some Friendsgiving ideas on Afternoon Live.  I wanted to give three easy ideas for people to be inspired by.  I'm taking you behind the scenes to show you the pre-prep before the show. 

The set up area is located just outside where the filming takes place.  There are tables for the guests to prep and than when it's time to go on air the tables are wheeled into the studio.  Here's my table all ready to go. 

Friendsgiving Table set up and ready for it's tv appearance.

I had a little time before it was time to go on air so of course I had to get some shots of the table.  Thank you to my assistant for taking pics of me taking pics of my table set up. I know I look a little casual in jeans but all you see is my top on air so it's all good. 

Fizzy Party taking pics of her Friendsgiving table before going on Afternoon Live

Sometimes to get just the right shot you have to scrunch down.  The two ladies in the back were going on air that day too. The lady on the left was talking about yummy easy crock pot recipes and the lady on the right was talking about easy tasty fudge. They were both so cute. They saw my table and we're like, some people are so creative 😁 Yep, that's me. I seriously can't help it. My brain just loves styling parties. 

Fizzy Party capturing pics of her Friendsgiving table for her tv segment

Busy snapping pics before I go on air. 

Fizzy Party behind the scenes before going live on tv

A little look at the hard cider part of my table.  

Behind the scenes at a tv station for Friendsgiving segment
Hot cider bar area of my table.  When guests arrive show them to the hot cider bar.  Keep the cider warm in a crock pot.  If your table has room you can add some décor pieces like apples in a basket or a fall leaf garland. 

Hot cider bar behind the scenes at a tv station

I hope you enjoyed a look at the behind the scenes.
Will you be hosting a Friendsgiving this year?  Leave me a comment. I'd love to hear about it. 

Shop this look:
Styling: Fizzy Party 
Table linen: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Red cake stand: World Market
White mugs, wood round, leaf garland, pumpkin: Oriental Trading 
Mason jars: Ball 
Plaid fabric: Craft Warehouse
Hard cider tasting printable: BellaGrey Designs 
Wire basket: Michaels 


November 17, 2017

 

Easy Friendsgiving Ideas


Easy Friendsgiving ideas 

Woo Hoo!! I was on Afternoon Live again.  If you missed my Halloween entertaining party tips check it out here. This time I'm bringing you easy Friendsgiving party tips. Seriously, these are so easy but add that fun party factor. Let's take a look. Now I have to warn you first, the pictures are not high quality because backstage doesn't have the best lighting and it's not pretty like on set is. 


You're guests have arrived and dinner isn't quite done.  Direct them over to the hot cider bar, tell them to mix a drink and get comfy, dinner will be in a few. Serve the hot cider in a crock pot so you can make it and forget it.  Have 'toppings' for your guests to add to their hot cider like whipped cream, vanilla syrup, rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks and red hots.  A basket full of fresh apples adds a party detail to the table. 

Hot Cider bar for Friendsgiving by Fizzy Party

When you invite your guests and they say, "Can I bring anything?" Say heck yes! Bring a pie. If you're making the main meal no reason to stress yourself out making dessert too. They can bring restaurant bought like the whipped cream peanut butter pie, home made like the pumpkin pie or pie holes from The Pie Spot.  

Pie bar for Friendsgiving by Fizzy Party

After dinner host a hard cider tasting.  Of course you'll want to have more than two choices.  Since this was just for the filming of the show I didn't want to buy a lot.  

Hard cider bar Friendsgiving

Make your hot cider bar interactive and tasty by setting out fresh orange slices, whipped cream, vanilla syrup, cinnamon sticks and rosemary twigs.  

Hot cider toppings bar

Don't forget the fun red hots.  

Hot Cider bar topping choices

Plain white mugs just won't do on a hot cider bar.  Wrapped them in plaid fabric and tie some jute around them to give them a cozy holiday feel. 

It's a Friendsgiving hot cider bar

It was hard not to eat all these pies after filming the segment.  The whole pies we took home but those pie holes from Pie Spot didn't make it out of the back area of the studio.  The crust was flakey and the fillings were delicious.  Marion berry, chocolate hazelnut and brandy apple. 

Pie bar for Friendsgiving

Yep, that pie crust is a little done.  I made that pie. My man likes his pumpkin pie firm so I leave it in the oven a little longer than the directions call for.  I suppose I could put tin foil over it so the crust wouldn't get so done but meh. The pie tastes delish and that's what matters. 

Pie bars are great for Friendsgiving

Pumpkin pie for Friendsgiving

For your hard cider tasting pick up some small glasses from a dollar store like the ones  I used here.  Have a piece of paper and pens on hand for your friends to jot down notes of the ciders they tasted.  Or, get in touch with my friend BellaGrey Designs who created these printables for me. 

Hard cider tasting for Friendsgiving


November 8, 2017

 

Thanksgiving Day Dessert

Thanksgiving Day Desserts 

**Products given to me by Oriental Trading in exchange for styling a party. I work with them because I've been buying from them for years!**

When I think of Thanksgiving dessert I think pie.  Pumpkin pie and berry pie, mmm mmm.  This year why not change it up and serve up easy desserts like cupcakes, cookies and more. This works especially well if you're hosting a last minute Friendsgiving.  Save yourself time and pick up some goodies at a great local bakery. 


Chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn't love those? Me. I don't like chocolate chip cookies. Never have. But I'm just weird like that. People always give me the, "I did not just hear you say you don't like chocolate chip cookies" look.  But hey, more cookies for everyone else. 



I don't know about your house but football is always on on Thanksgiving and popcorn goes great with watching the game. Especially when it's kettle corn.  


Now this is what I'm talking about. Cupcakes. That smooth frosting is calling my name.  To make your cupcakes more festive you can cut out craft paper to use as cupcake wrappers. 



Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving save yourself some stress and ask your family or friends to bring some dessert or pick it up at a local bakery. The day should be about enjoying time with family and friends, not stress. 

Shop this party- 
White pumpkin and pinecone candle holders- Oriental Trading
Pumpkin cake stand and white trays- HomeGoods 
Glitter Turkey- Fizzy Party on Etsy