Ah, Friendsgiving. It’s not as formal as Thanksgiving and certainly not as stressful. It can be a day before the “real” dinner or a few days after, or it can be the main meal with your besties. It’s a day to dress up or down. It’s fun, relaxed and non-traditional.
Friendsgiving is the best day of the year around our house because it means I get to share a the best meal of the year with my best friends! Friendsgiving has no rules and can be as formal or as informal as you want. If you’re thinking about throwing your own friendsgiving this year, check out some tips I have for you to throw the most easygoing dinner party of the year!
Invite your friends
A few weeks before, throw out a text to all your friends and invite them over for a friendsgiving. If you’re cringing at the thought of a text, it’s perfectly fine to send an email invitation or go all out with fancy stationery.
Create a menu
Make your friendsgiving a potluck and assign everyone a dish while you tackle the turkey and the gravy.
After that, plan out the menu and assign everyone a side, beverage or dessert. Your friends will be more than happy to bring over their famous pumpkin soup with fresh bread, select wines, or a fresh salad!
Decide on decor and table settings
Clear Barcelona vases full of fall foliage is the perfect background for your party. For bonus points, add this adorable banner made from a die cut banner kit! Simply spell out the words “Happy Friendsgiving” and hang it up with ribbon—no cutting or real crafting required.
Add some height to all your dishes by placing them on trivets or wood cutting boards so that it gives the buffet a little dimension. Candle light, even during the day, adds ambiance like no other, so let this be an opportunity for you to illuminate your tablescape. You can opt for battery operated candles or you can light up the real thing.
These little bakers are perfect for holiday travel. The top of the lid turns into the bottom of the dish and acts as the trivet. Genius!
For the table setting set the mood by using plaid blankets, white dishes and a no-fuss centerpiece. Keep things as low as you can but add interest with height by using items that don’t block the view. For this table, I used this matte pumpkin baker in green, which kept the soup warm throughout the meal. Plus, I included a little topiary for height and drama.
Instead of putting the napkins on the table, I draped them over the seats so friends could grab them as they took their place around the table.
As your guests arrive, have them make a signature cocktail drink. Teach one of your friends how to make it, and let them serve a few glasses to other guests—it’s a great ice breaker and lets guests mingle before the big meal.
Don’t forget the party favors
Have your friends take home a little parting gift: DIY Apple Pie Favors.
They can assemble the favors anytime during the party. All they need to do is grab a jar and add a little bit of everything!
Have a few sweet options
No friendsgiving is complete without a classic pumpkin pie served up in a sweet pie pan. Have a few different options to go along with the pie, like pecan tart or pumpkin-flavored biscotto for a lighter but sweet option.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
The most important part of friendsgiving is to enjoy yourself—the gathering shouldn’t be stressful! My equation for friendsgiving is to subtract the things that stress you out and add things that bring you joy.
It’s a perfect formula for a meal filled with gratitude and abundance, don’t you think?