The truth is the perfect “Friendsgiving” should be everything that a holiday with your crazy family and a ton of travel is not — relaxed, stress-free and EASY. That includes the cooking, too!
Friendsgiving is all about celebrating the family you choose, your close friends. You should celebrate your friends and share your gratitude with them. Share and make many new memories together over a delicious meal. Hosting a Friendsgiving is a perfect way to do that!
So how do you pull off your first and many more Friendsgiving’s easily?
Simple! Start with easy and full flavored dishes, then have a cocktail, add some fun games and you have a new party tradition with your besties!
If you want to make the whole meal yourself or split it up like a potluck then this is the perfect guide for you! These tips range from signature drinks, easy dishes, table settings and more!
Let’s Have a Party!
Found from Cosmopolitan
Before we get started on food, drinks and game ideas, here is an easy to follow guide of what you might need when hosting your own Friendsgiving! This is the boring stuff but it is very important like silverware, plates, Tupperware, etc. So check off this list before cooking and it will be a smooth ride!
Signature Cocktail – Cranberry Apple Sangria
Found from Whitney Bond
This Cranberry Apple Sangria is a great way to start off a fun night with your close friends. This cocktail is perfect for celebrating and giving thanks for having such great friends in your life! Serve in a large punch bowl or in a large beverage dispenser chilled with mason jars for easy drinking!
Found from Lemon Thistle
I just love this idea for your Friendsgiving table. It’s so easy use a role of butcher paper and a sharpie to create everyone own place setting. Or use black butcher paper and a chalkboard pen to create the same look. Add candles, some greenery (that is super cheap) and small pumpkins, painted white. It is so simple and casual!
Hilarious Friendsgiving Game Ideas
Found from Play Party Plan
For the Friendsgiving parties that are looking for some relaxed fun! Here is 12 super fun and funny Minute to Win It style games that will be hilarious to play! These games are easy to set up, take everyday things from your home and create some fun that will brighten your party before or after dinner!
Found from The Kitchn
Since the bird is the focus point of the meal. Here is an easy to follow recipe that even the most novice cook can make this turkey. Plan ahead based on the size of your turkey, then plan to cook the meal around the cooking of the bird. For even easier cooking, try cooking a turkey breast, its much faster cooking the breast by itself. Cooking an extra turkey breast is great for a larger group. Have one whole turkey and one extra turkey breast. Cooking instructions for turkey breast are found here.
Found from bon appetit
This simple stuffing is so delicious! It’s perfect for a potluck dinner since you don’t have to cook it inside the turkey. Add some granny smith apples for a nice tart balance to cut through the other rich food.
Perfect Gravy Without the Bird
Found from The View From Great Island
For our Friendsgiving it is so much easier to make things ahead of time and I love this recipe for that reason. You don’t need the turkey to make tasty gravy and here is the easy recipe to show you how. Have someone else bring this over or make it the day before and reheat it on the stove top, it’s that simple!
Easy Zesty Cranberry Sauce
Found from xo, Katie Rosario
Every year I make this easy cranberry sauce. It is one of my favorite parts of a thanksgiving meal. This bright cranberry sauce can be made days in advance taste great warm or cold. The leftovers can be used as a part of this Oatmeal bar filling for an awesome breakfast bar.
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Found from Martha Stewart
Not only are mashed potatoes a Thanksgiving staple, they are also so easy to make that you don’t need oven space to make. My trick is to boil the potatoes in water and a little bit of garlic, so the flavor soaks into the potatoes. So yummy! Add the cream cheese, milk, cream and butter in at the end to make extra rich and velvety.
Green Bean Casserole
Found from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Green bean casserole was and is a staple in my family’s Thanksgiving; well the Campbell’s recipe has a lot of history in our family! I tried this recipe last year and it is so good, fresh mushrooms and crispy panko coated onions on top is the best! You can also make this recipe the day before and reheat before serving!
Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots
Found from Damn Delicious
Here is another great recipe someone can bring over or you can easily make. By using the pre-made buttermilk biscuits and rolling each one into a knot then bake! These garlic parmesan knots only take 20 minutes to make and it’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Found from The Cozy Apron
Here is a great sweet potato dish that is easy to make. This is a nice twist on a classic dish. My favorite part is the blue cheese, walnuts and bacon vinaigrette! Serve warm or cold.
Kale Salad Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette
Found from Gimme Some Oven
On a lighter note, this kale salad is a welcomed addition to a rich and flavorful dinner. This can be a great dish for any vegetarians attending your dinner and you can dress the salad and not have to worry about the kale wilting.
Saucy Apple Dumplings
Found from xo, Katie Rosario
If you are looking for a twist on a classic apple pie, this is that twist! Saucy apple dumplings are individual pastry pockets. The apple filling is so easy! Here is another great recipe to make the day before! Reheat while you’re eating dinner and serve with vanilla ice cream!
Ultimate Pumpkin Pie
Found from Brit + Co
You need a pumpkin pie in your recipe arsenal, and this is the one! Serve each slice with fresh whipped cream and hot cup of coffee to finish off your Friendsgiving feast!
See it is easy to celebrate with your besties during the holidays! There is nothing better than having a relaxing and easy get together surrounded by good food and good friends! A good cocktail never hurt either!
Friendsgiving will soon become a fun annual tradition that you will look forward year round.
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