What if there was an evening (before the holidays) when you could just take the night off? A stress-free time to get together with your friends, share a meal and visit with each other before the busy holiday season starts to kick in, and you’re faced with to-do lists and obligatory parties to attend.
Consider this your formal invitation to The Nashville Mom’s Friendsgiving! A night for girls to get out and enjoy each other’s company, feast on a delicious meal and maybe even make a new friend or two.
We asked Lindsey, the brains behind Nashville Mom, why this evening is so dear to her heart and why she chose to host it at Homestead Manor. Read her interview below + hurry and get your tickets before they sell out!
Q&A WITH LINDSEY MCPHERSON, THE OWNER OF NASHVILLEMOM.COM:
Why did you start Nashvillemom blog?
I felt like there wasn’t any information online for parents who aren’t native to Nashville. You can find lists of things to do. It’s nerve racking to go someplace new with toddlers. It’s a process to get everyone dressed and out the door, card loaded–so you want to make sure your efforts are worthwhile. So, I decided I was going to go try places out and then report back with tips and tricks like: don’t take a stroller here, or pack a snack when you go here. I wanted to provide a resource for moms and share my experiences (good and bad). I wanted to share places to eat and shop and fun activities to do in and around Music City. It has since grown and evolved, but I try to keep it as locally focused as possible.
But the events are my favorite part. I love that I have been able to create a community for moms. I know what it’s like to be a new mom and feel like you don’t have a social life or feel like you’re going insane, and to be able to talk to people who are going through the same thing and relate to other moms is so helpful and rewarding.
Tell us about the event and why you decided to host it?
I’ve been doing “Friendsgiving” with my friends for years. It is so hard to see your friends during the holidays–especially as moms and women. We are generally the ones that get all the stress of the holidays–we are responsible for organizing the schedule, hosting out-of-towners and preparing the meal. So my friends and I created Friendsgiving so we could take a night before Thanksgiving and have a meal together and just be completely stress free. It was our night to catch up and unwind.
I think it’s hard for moms to intentionally take time for themselves. So, I wanted to create a night for us to get together, and all you have to bring is yourself. You get to sit down, relax and enjoy a meal where you don’t have to cut up bites for kids or make sure everyone else is happy. I want this evening to be about community. I want people to come with your friends, as well as come and make new friends.
What does the evening entail?
Guests will come in and grab a glass of wine. I’ll probably have some ice breaker games so people can get to know each other. It’s buffet style, so you can come in and eat whenever you want. Hopefully you’ll sit next to someone you don’t know and make a new friend. I just want people to talk and get to know each other. Mix and mingle and just enjoy themselves.
Plus, the Harvest at Homestead chef put together a special menu for us. It’s Homestead’s twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. (Think Yazoo, caramel brownies and other nods to local ingredients).
Can you give us a hint about what’s in the goody bag?
We have several coupons from great local businesses like Cotton Mill Boutique and Delivery Dudes, and there’s a cosmetic pouch, and a hand-stamped metal cuff bracelet–just to name a few things.
Why did you choose Homestead Manor to host this event?
I am obsessed with Homestead Manor. When I think of “getting away” but not having to take a long day trip, I think of Homestead. It’s just enough outside of the city and off the beaten path, to make it feel special. It doesn’t feel like it belongs in Nashville, and it’s just beautiful. When I started thinking of Friendsgiving, there was no other option to me. It was Homestead or bust. It’s a little slice of heaven, and the perfect place for us to relax and enjoy ourselves and let the stress of the busy city melt away.
What do you love about Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving?
Getting together with my family. Everybody has to take the day off!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Sweet potato casserole.