"Friendsgiving" Theme

When most people think of Thanksgiving they think of turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and big family gatherings.  I too associate all of these wonderful things with this holiday of thanks. But when we decided on hosting a "Friendsgiving" I wanted to come up with a theme that was a little more non-traditional. I began to think of all the things I am thankful for and one main thing that came to mind is where I am from. I grew up in the desert. When I think of home I think of red sand and sagebrush, cactus and lava rock, and mountainous rock formations the color of rust that have been sculpted and shaped by the wind for centuries. I personally think it is one of the most breathtaking parts of the country.... but I'm biased of course. ;) Because I grew up with such a distinct culture around me with many Indian reservations close by, I often wondered if they celebrated the same type of "Thanksgiving" that we did.  After all.... The indians attended that first Thanksgiving dinner alongside the Pilgrims too! So this very idea inspired me to flip the script and have a fresh new perspective on a long standing tradition.  A Friendsgiving dinner that reflected the beauty of the desert and the southwest culture I associate with "home".