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How to Host a Festive ‘Friendsgiving’ this Holiday Season

It’s NOVEMBER. Let that sink in for a minute. The days are getting shorter and flying by at an alarming rate. Just like that, the Winter Holidays are here. The season of eating is upon us. We’ll be carving turkeys and literally stuffing ourselves before we know it. 

Last year, I decided that adding another day of eating to our calendars couldn’t hurt us, and hosted a Friendsgiving with some of our besties.

The great thing about Friendsgiving, is that you get to choose who to invite.

Think about it. No forced conversation. No awkward comments about what you did or didn’t accomplish this year. And, you don’t have to put up with your “Crazy Aunt Carol” if you don’t want to. Now, my family wouldn’t be cool with us skipping the actual Thanksgiving festivities with them, so we had our Friendsgiving the following weekend. This wasn’t really a bad thing. It gave us ample time to recover from our turkey coma. You know, just in time to over-indulge again. 

A Party with a Theme

I love a good party with a theme, so last year we had a Fiesta Friendsgiving, complete with a ground-turkey taco bar (we had to incorporate turkey somewhere – it is Thanksgiving after all!). I also whipped up some homemade cranberry salsa, again sticking with the theme. We even had store bought pumpkin tortilla chips. For dessert, Apple Pie Enchiladas. We combined our love of Mexican food with our love of all things Thanksgiving and had an epic spread.

It’s fun to pick a theme and make it work with whatever holiday you’re celebrating. As I plan our Friendsgiving this year, I’m thinking an Italian theme would be fun. Maybe Fettuccine with Turkey Meatballs and a Cranberry Salad. Or what about Pumpkin Pie Cannolis? The possibilities are endless – just have fun with it! 

But, the great thing is, if you don’t live near family this can become a yearly tradition in itself. Cook what is in your wheelhouse, do a potluck, or even just cater. It doesn’t even have to have a theme at all. A smorgasbord pitch-in style meal will work just as well. This isn’t about being fancy, it’s all about spending time with the people you love during one of the most wonderful times of the year.

So, pick a day, call up your friends, pour some wine and prepare to laugh until your sides hurt!

Have a Happy Friendsgiving!

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One Response to How to Host a Festive ‘Friendsgiving’ this Holiday Season

  1. This Messy Season November 15, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    I love this, but also I so wish we were still in Bloomington for friendsgiving!

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