You’re hosting a Friendsgiving party, that’s so exciting! There are probably a hundred questions in your head, and rightly so. There is a lot to take care of as a host, so let’s get right into it.
This is a step-by-step guide showing you how to plan and set-up the perfect Friendsgiving party.
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Who is coming?
Let’s first decide who you’re going to invite! Be realistic with your space and think of how many people you can fit comfortably. Hosting is a serious task, so personally, my favorite number of people to host would be a maximum of 10.
Decide on a date
I’d say the weekend before Thanksgiving is the best time to host your Friendsgiving. That way, everyone is in the thanksgiving mood, and the right energy really elevates the party.
Send out a paper invite
Oldskool paper invites are the best! Of course, it takes a little more effort than sending out a digital invite, but it’s so worth it. If you want to go all out, then send your guests a paper invitation.
Paper invite idea here:
Send out a digital invite
Use a free design platform like Canva to design your Friendsgiving invites. It’s SUPER easy and there are thousands of templates to choose from. Type ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Friendsgiving’ in the Canva search bar and take your pick. I use Canva for everything, from designing little blog graphics like at the top of this page, pins, and social media.
Here is my Canva Friendsgiving invite:
2. The Food
Okay, the food is perhaps one of the most challenging parts of hosting a great Friendsgiving. As a host, it’s best if you take charge of the turkey. For all the other things, like starters, sides, desserts, appetizers, and drinks, you assign each person a dish/task.
Remember, as the host; you’re in charge of who brings what. To avoid confusion, be clear from the start and assign each person a dish they have to bring.
I love traditional thanksgiving sides like mashed potatoes and green beans; they always taste good and are pretty much fail-proof. But why not change things up a little, and add some less traditional sides too? Here goes:
- Shredded Brussel Sprouts and Kale Salad
- Roasted Carrots with Fennel, Pistachios and Honey Vinaigrette
- Brussel Sprouts with Pepitas and Figs
- Cheese Platter (How to Make a Cheese Platter)
- Mini Vegan Veggie Quiches
- Crostini with Blue Cheese and Roasted Grapes
If you don't have a cheese board yet, you should definitely get one! This is something you'll be using over and over again, especially with the holidays approaching.
Get your cheeseboard here:
To make your Friendsgiving party really festive, create a dessert table with 3-5 different types of desserts.
- Pecan Pie (Easy Old Fashioned Pecan Pier recipe)
- Apple crisp (Make a great plant-based recipe like this)
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumkin Pie
Ah, the funnest part of hosting a Friendsgiving party! Decoration is everything to create the right atmosphere. I'm a big fan of warm, fall-themed decorations.
1. Fall Tablescape Friendsgiving
This is easy to re-create by keeping the color palette of burgundy, green and warm orange in mind. Make flower bouquets and place them in small vases spread out on the table.
Re-create this Fall Tablescape:
2. Boho Tablescape Friendsgiving
Trust me; this one is easier to pull off than it looks! Recreate this boho tablescape with a golden garland, a white table runner, and lots of wooden details. Go to your local florist and buy flowers in the color palette of dusty pink and warm orange. Combine the flowers with some green and place them in small vases on the table.
Re-create this Boho Friendsgiving Tablescape:
3. Friendsgiving party
If you want to give your Friendsgiving a super festive atmosphere, hang this Friendsgiving balloon set next to the table where you'll be dining. It's a bit out there, but very cute + makes for great photos.
Re-create this Friendsgiving decor idea:
4. What to Buy for Friendsgiving
There are a couple of things you need to buy if you're hosting a Friendsgiving. From cute napkins to (paper) plates, cups, and nameplates:
- Gobble Gobble Friendsgiving Napkins
- Friendsgiving Paper Plates
- Name Cards
- Friendsgiving Autumn Leaves Cups
- Golden Rim glasses
Recreate this tablescape:
5. Pick the right music
Another essential thing to make your Friendsgiving party rock is to have a great playlist ready. For an occasion like this, I use a Spotify playlist. You can find dinner playlist under 'genres and moods' like Jazzy Dinner or Feel Good dinner. Always double-check if that's the atmosphere you're trying to create! Personally, I think a relaxed jazz playlist always works.
6. Make a cute party favor
Cute gestures go a long way. So why not send your guests home with something homemade like a chocolate cookie? All you need to do is bake the cookies, and put them in a plastic bag. Tie the bag with a bow and leave a sweet message like "I'm so thankful for you."
Recreate this party favor:
I hope you feel all prepared to host the best Friendsgiving party this year. It's so worth celebrating and spending time with friends. Enjoy the planning process, and happy Friendsgiving 2020!