They say friends are the family we choose so what better way to show your friends how much you appreciate them than throwing the perfect Friendsgiving? Friendsgiving doesn’t have to follow the rules of a traditional Thanksgiving and is a great opportunity to celebrate giving thanks the way you and your friends will enjoy. Although there’s no official day on the calendar for Friendsgiving, it’s one holiday you and your friends will want to start celebrating every year, especially with these tips for hosting the perfect Friendsgiving.
Plan a Menu
Friendsgiving is all about having the Thanksgiving dinner you’ve always dreamed of. You don’t have to make sure there’s room on the table for Aunt Edna’s Jell-O mold or only use canned cranberry sauce because “that’s the way Grandma always did it.” Save tradition for family when planning your Friendsgiving menu.
Instead try some “Thanksgiving-adjacent” foods, like harrisa spiced sweet potatoes, or skip the time and trouble of roasting a whole turkey with some Thanksgiving inspired turkey meatballs. These meatballs use stuffing instead of breadcrumbs, dried cranberries, and some cinnamon and fresh sage to give your friends a taste of Thanksgiving in one delicious (easy to make) bite. But of course, if your friends are more of a pizza and nachos type of crowd, don’t let that stop you from serving something more casual. This is your Friendsgiving after all!
Make Sure There’s Plenty to Drink
Friendsgiving is the perfect time to bust out your inner bartender with some signature fall inspired cocktails. When looking for the perfect fall cocktail, think outside of the pumpkin spice box. Fall is also apple season so apple cocktails are a perfect addition to any Friendsgiving. This apple cranberry Moscow mule is a nice festive spin on a tried and true favorite. To make two mules, simply mix 4 ounces of vodka with 1/4 cup cranberry juice, 1/2 cup sparkling apple juice, and 2 ginger beers. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries and maybe a thin slice or two of fresh apples.
If you would rather spare yourself from getting stuck mixing drinks all day, try preparing a boozy punch ahead of time, like this spiced blood orange champagne punch, or stock up on your friends’ favorite wine or beer. Whatever you choose, just keep the alcohol (and merriment) flowing!
Make Your Friendsgiving Festive with Easy Décor
Make your Friendsgiving feel festive with some easy fall inspired décor. Your Friendsgiving decorations can be as simple as placing a few small pumpkins or gourds on your table or more elaborate (but still easy to do), like making your own fall centerpiece. This fall centerpiece is as easy as hollowing out a tall pumpkin, placing a floral vase inside the pumpkin, and filling the vase with a bouquet of flowers in fall colors.
Liven the Mood with Some Entertainment
Friendsgiving is about having fun and enjoying the company of some of your favorite people. Background music is always a great way to liven up a party. Make a music playlist, gather some of your favorite records, or turn on your favorite music streaming app. A lot music streaming services, like Google Play and Spotify, even have Thanksgiving inspired playlists to help set the mood, or pick a playlist that you know your friends will enjoy.
For more help getting the party going, try playing a simple game in the spirit of Thanksgiving. One perfect game for Friendsgiving starts with everyone anonymously writing down three things they’re thankful for on a notecard or piece of paper. The cards get shuffled and everyone chooses a card to read aloud. Guests then try to guess who wrote the card. For more fun, you could turn it into a drinking game. If the person who wrote the card is correctly guessed from the clues, he or she takes a drink. If no one guesses, the card’s owner chooses a friend to drink instead.
A perfect Friendsgiving should be all about fun and spending time with the people you’ve chosen to be in your life. So cheers to good food, good drinks, and good friends!