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How to Host an Unforgettable Friendsgiving

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Learn how to host an unforgettable Friendsgiving that is
easy, stress-free and filled with easy recipes and simple decor ideas!

kraft paper to cover thanksgiving table

Do you want to host an unforgettable Friendsgiving with your nearest and dearest who are the family we choose?!

This post is filled with easy recipes and simple decor ideas that will have you savoring the season and clinking all the glasses!


What is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving: a day to give thanks for our friends who are practically family.

Y’all. It’s the time you can have thanksgiving with your friends! And, it’s just about the best.

Besides the people gathering around your table, you’ll need a menu!

What should I serve at Friendsgiving?

The host should make the turkey and gravy, and that’s it! You have the responsibility of hosting, so delegate the other dishes and focus on your home and the main dish!

Seasoned Roast Turkey

Grandma’s Roasted Turkey is super easy to prepare, and if it’s your first rodeo, follow the step by step instructions, and it will be fabulous!

thanksgiving side dish recipe ideas

You could send your friends these recipes to make. They pair super well together, and are also simple to make!

Ask your friends to pick up a pumpkin pie and call it fine!

For me, I’d rather have a cocktail and you can find all kinds of recipes on this post.

How should I decorate for Friendsgiving?

For an unforgettable Friendsgiving, shop your house for items you could use on your table! 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Mason Jars for unscented candles
  • Books
  • Kraft Paper
  • A basket of oranges

This table setting was made from TONS of candles in all sizes in the center of the table. Mom’s china was the place setting and cloth napkins.

If you don’t want to deal with the china and cloth napkins, you could also order bamboo plates from Amazon! They’re environmentally friendly, so no one will get their panties in a bunch over disposable items.

Plus, they’re easy cleanup! <— YAY!

You can check out my Amazon Thanksgiving Prep Idea List, and see if you need to pick up a few things.

Should we play games at Friendsgiving?

If you need some help – opt for conversation starters! These are fun even if you know your people really well – it’s still exciting to hear people’s answers.

friendsgiving place setting idea

Last year, the table was covered in Kraft Paper and a sharpie was used to draw on plates and write everyone’s ‘place card.’ That little sticky note you see?? That’s a conversation starter! You had to work the question into the conversation without people knowing that was your question! It was really fun!

You could also assign a crafty-savvy friend to make this Jeopardy Game with a Thanksgiving theme!

Lastly, here are a few things you might need:

A few FREE Printables:

Hosting an unforgettable Friendsgiving means putting in a little bit of effort, for a whole lot of wow. 

Cheers to gathering your people around good food and learning to savor the season together!

Be sure to save this pin to your Friendsgiving Board!

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  1. I have such fond memories of the Friendsgivings I had when I lived away from family. Even though I’m married with kids now, I love inviting over anyone we know who doesn’t already have plans. It makes it so much more festive! I love your ideas for simple recipes and decorating – it doesn’t need to be fancy to be fantastic.

  2. This certainly looks like an incredible experience. And the fact that the whole process is stress-free makes it better than perfect 🙂 By the way, Grandma’s Roasted Turkey is unbelievable!

  3. I have done so many friendsgivings in the past and have such great memories of them! Love the idea of making it a potluck and having everyone contribute to the meal too!

  4. Friendsgiving is truly the best thing ever, especially when you live so far away from home. We usually just let everyone bring one dish and make a pot luck out of it. 🙂

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