Have you ever hosted a “Friendsgiving” Dinner? I’ve already been invited to TWO this year so it’s definitely been on my mind. If you’re planning one, we’re sharing a few ideas below…
The idea of Friendsgiving is simple: Thanksgiving Dinner shared with your friends instead of family. It can happen on Thanksgiving Day, but most people host them a few weeks before so they can enjoy both.
1. Choose a fun location. I like that Friendsgiving is more relaxed than Thanksgiving Dinner so there are lots of ways to get creative with it. If you live in a warm location, you can host a Pop Up Dinner Party (or at least set up a table in the backyard.) You could also stage a picnic in the living room or bring a table into the garage (with fairy lights hung up all around?!) A change of scenery feels special and exotic.
2. Take shortcuts! There’s nothing to prove. For instance, if you make the main course: it’s totally fine to leave the baking to the professionals. I really love Mrs. Smith’s frozen pies (apple is my favorite!) They taste home-cooked, you just pop them in the oven before dessert is served. One less thing to worry about…
3. Add something special. For this party, we went with a rustic theme. We hosted the dinner in Amy‘s new backyard. It’s so pretty with all of the amazing grape vines woven into the trellis. Besides using vintage linen and dishware on the table, we also made a few simple DIY wreaths out of wheat (using a wire wreath frame and wire.) We set up baskets of white pumpkins around the table and Amy had the idea to turn Thank You Cards into menus. You can write or print the meal onto a card and place them at each setting. These things only took about an hour of extra time, but they made the party way more interesting.
So we’d love to hear: what are your tips & tricks for hosting “Friendsgiving?” Please tell us!
This post is sponsored by Mrs. Smith’s: Always a warm welcome.
Tableware and settings provided by Elsie Green.