friendsgiving prep - how to throw a friendsgiving party

This time of year is synonymous with pumpkin and apple picking, getting cozy in front of the fire, and of course, celebrating with loved ones by giving thanks for all the lovely things we have in our lives. One of our favorite fall traditions? Getting a big group of friends together to give thanks for all the wild nights, fun memories, and love and support we get from each other all year long at a Friendsgiving party! While it may seem daunting to host a huge dinner party, it’s actually a great way to show your friends how much you care about them, and with our tips, it doesn’t have to take a lot of work to still have a great time. If you’re planning on hosting this year, see our tips below for how to throw a cozy and stress-free Friendsgiving party!

Decor: Since the key part of Thanksgiving is sitting around the dining room table, we suggest to decorate from there and move outwards. Thanksgiving centerpieces can range from simple candles to extravagant cornucopias, depending on your personal style! This article from diys.com shows 25 stunning examples of centerpieces you can either throw together in 10 minutes or spend hours working on. We’ll let you decide how wild you’d like to get! We’ve been decorating with pumpkins this year, yes, even after Halloween! Take a trip to your local Pumpkin Patch and purchase discounted pumpkins for decorations! Pumpkins as decor are so in this year. Check out these ideas from DigsDigs. Not only will they help you spruce up any corner in your home but you can make a homemade pumpkin pie to share with your friends too. SCORE!

Cocktails: We all love a good cocktail, especially for this occasion! If you’re trying to capture all the fall vibes in a small glass, nothing compares to the Spiked Pumpkin Spiced Latte this is hands down a top favorite, and a Friendsgiving must-have. If you’re looking to add a simpler option to your cocktail list, try out the Blackberry Bubbly Champagne Cocktail. This sparkly, fruity drink is a refreshing option for your guests. You can also check out a whole list of drink options here to suit your fancy! 

Food: The main focus when hosting Thanksgiving is of course the food (duh), but with a whole group of friends, you don’t have to put all that stress on just you. Create a menu, and assign dishes to each friend– don’t forget the cranberry sauce! We suggest that you, as the host, should provide the turkey for the festivity. Even if you never prepared one before, there’s a first time for everyone, and you can find a step-by-step recipe on Food Network to help you master the party.

Activities: Once the food has settled, it’s time to keep the party going with some games. You could partake in a crowd-friendly video game, like Mario Kart, or you could pull out the old board games that have been collecting dust in your closet for years! You could also play a game of touch football if it’s still light out. Other ideas include watching classic Thanksgiving episodes of your favorite shows (can anyone forget the one with Monica dancing with the turkey on her head?), decorating cookies or desserts, or sharing your list of what you are thankful for with each other. Let your guests vote on their favorite options, but no matter what you do, the most important thing is spending quality time with your friends on your Friendsgiving day!

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