As a connoisseur of California cool, designer & lifestyle expert Jenni Kayne has become our go-to gal for effortless entertaining inspiration. Her relaxed approach to hosting inspires all of us to throw more parties, and nowhere was that more true than at the healthy Friendsgiving picnic Jenni recently shared with her LA girl squad. Together with whole foods nutritionist Shira Lenchewski and Laura Gallucci of Sweet Laurel Bakery, she decorated a backyard table with natural linens and fall-inspired floral arrangements, then served up turkey pot pie and a colorful sweet potato and arugula salad. Scroll down to see their picturesque picnic and find some healthy recipes to add to your Thanksgiving menu!

*photos by nicki sebastian


Jenni kept the decor natural and easy to all the healthy, hearty recipes that Shira and Laurel prepared take center stage.

Many of the modern dishes and neutral decorative accessories can be found on Jenni Kayne’s site – we’re obsessing over the organic shapes and textures that ooze west coast style.

Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon created these colorful floral arrangements using snowberries, chocolate cosmos, viburnum berries, and sunflowers without petals.

Each guest took home a beautifully packaged bottle of Wonder Valley olive oil to add to their kitchen pantries.

Jenni sourced cozy blankets and throw pillows from Heather Taylor Home and Homelosophy to deck out her backyard for the picnic.

Shop Jenni’s, Shira’s, and Laurel’s hostess outfits here!

Using her background in nutrition, Shira Lenchewski whipped up a plate of roasted fall veggies with herbs and portobello mushrooms.

Get the recipe for this sweet potato pomegranate seed salad right here!

The warm, relaxed vibe is a welcome reminder that Thanksgiving is all about taking a moment to be grateful: for friends, family, and great food.

Bursting with seasonal produce, this feast is a celebration of fall’s abundance — and decidedly healthier than the traditional turkey and stuffing combo.

No Thanksgiving party is complete without pumpkin pie! Pastry chef Laurel topped her sweet creation with a sprig of lavender.

Check out even more fall entertaining ideas on Jenni Kayne’s blog, Rip & Tan!

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    karin | November 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Inspiring segment for a relaxed out of the box Thanksgiving! FYI…..the wonderful olive oil is sold out….not surprised, the website says “we are on vacation”….

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