Friendsgiving is a wonderful excuse to eat tons of food, drink all the drinks, and have a lovely time with friends. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for the many reasons just listed. Mostly the excuse to eat non-stop is my favorite part.
If you’re hosting this year, here are some things you can do to make your Friendsgiving party the best yet. For more ideas and inspirations, make sure to follow me on Pinterest and check out the Style page.
Ideas to be the Best Friendsgiving Host:
1. Add Balloons
Bring attention to your Friendsgiving tablescape with a big set of balloons. These will automatically tie everyone’s attention to the theme of the party. You can have them set up at a grazing table as well.
2. Have a Grazing Table
What’s the point of a Friendsgiving if there’s no grazing table!? Make sure all your guests are well fed as soon as they walk in the door with this table. These types of charcuterie boards definitely look fall festive.
3. Brew Some Mulled Wine
The easiest way to make your house smell delicious and keep guests happy, is to brew some mulled wine. The warm citrus and cinnamon will have your house smelling SO good. This warm mulled wine is perfect for sipping on in the cold weather. For a non-alcoholic substitution, use warm cider.
4. Play Some Games
The best way to bring your friends together during the holidays is to play fun games! Make your party an absolute blast with things like holiday charades, heads-up, or Cards Against Humanity.
5. Create a Pumpkin Cooler
Be the most creative during your Friendsgiving party by adding special accents such as this pumpkin cooler. It’s so cute and will keep your drinks refreshing throughout the whole event!
6. Decorate With Gourds
The best way to bring the fall festivity to the table is to add some gourds! These add so much shape and color variety and can make the space super inviting for your guests.
7. Make it a Potluck
Take the stress off of hosting by creating a potluck. The easiest way to organize a potluck even is to create a Google Doc to invite guests to. This way everyone can write down what they’re bringing and see what else is needed. With a potluck, you won’t have to worry about covering the cost of feeding everyone and providing all the drinks.
8. Choose a Theme
By sticking to a theme, such as boho, you can really focus on tying the look together. Having a greatly decorated Friendsgiving will improve the overall experience your guests will have. You can also take it a step further and provide a dress code however you like!
9. Send Home Leftovers
This is great especially if you are hosting a potluck. Send your guests home with lots of leftovers. That will keep your guests happy and reduce the waste of uneaten food. To make it even easier, have your guests bring their own tupperware to the party.
10. Spruce Up the Tablescape
Of course the table is the main centerpiece during the whole event! Take this into consideration and make sure the tablescape is in tip top shape. Plenty of fresh fall colors and pumpkins will bring your guests eyes to the center of the table.
11. Include a Cocktail Corner
The booze is a sought after commodity at any holiday party. Make sure guests have a variety of choices for drinks! Setting up a cocktail corner will give easy access to all of your guests differing tastes. Letting guests make their own cocktail recipes is super fun and engaging as well. For the non drinkers, make sure to include plenty of options for mocktails!
12. Focus on Place Settings
Make your guests feel welcome at the table with an organized and appealing place setting. You can even include their name on a card, and a food menu for the evening to make it feel fancy.
13. Provide Cozy Items
For before and after dinner, you can have a wide variety of pillows and blankets out. If you live somewhere where it actually gets pretty cold in November, make sure your guests are taken care of! Light up that fire and encourage people to settle in for the evening.
14. Play a Holiday Movie
What better way to bring everyone together than to play a holiday movie? While everyone is full off all that turkey and cozy in a mess of blankets and pillows, throw on a fun Christmas movie.
15. Plan the Menu
If you aren’t planning on having a potluck at your Friendsgiving, plan out your menu. This will help organize and prepare your guests for what is to come. Planning will allow you to not feel rushed last minute, and it will give time to provide food choices for a wide variety of diets.
16. Put Up a Gratitude Board
This idea is so cute and charming! Putting up a whiteboard or chalkboard where guests can write what they are grateful for really brings the meaning out on the holiday. It’s a great way to remember why you’re celebrating in the first place!
17. Don’t Forget Dessert
Of course after dinner you’re going to be craving something sweet! Don’t forget to include dessert on your list this year. Make a separate dessert table for guests to help themselves!
18. Provide Apple Cider Sangria
Get specific with your beverages. Keep them festive by providing an apple cider sangria! The tartness, and fruitiness will be so refreshing along with a heavy Thanksgiving dinner.
19. Host a Pie Tasting Contest
Get your guests involved by hosting a pie tasting contest. You can have friends compete with each other over who can bake the best pie or other dessert. It’s such a fun idea and it’s the perfect way to get guests to show up with tons of desserts!
20. Send out Invitations
Instead of sending a mass text, send an actual invitation! It’s not so common anymore to receive an invitation in the mail, but it is such a sentimental touch to add. Guests will love this idea and appreciate it for sure.
21. Host a Brunch
Maybe you’re not so much of a dinner feast person! Host a brunch instead! This is a great and flexible idea especially if you can’t spend the actual holiday with your friends, but still want to celebrate friendsgiving.