Step 1: Invite Friends
First and foremost, you can’t have Friendsgiving without all your friends! Create an invitation list early to give everyone plenty of time to RSVP. The easiest and most efficient way to do this is by making a Facebook event! You can include all of the details in this, like the date, time and location and your friends will be able to respond instantly if they can go. The best part about creating the Facebook event is having the ability to make a corny description of the night to come such as "you can expect everyone to gobble til they wobble while some great Plymouth Rock music is playing in the background" ... get creative with it!
Step 2: Plan the Menu
We know how overwhelming it can be to try to cook a full traditional Thanksgiving meal, so don’t be afraid to make a few changes to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Check out our Easy Thanksgiving Recipes blog post for inspiration! Share this with your friends to help everyone get inspired! This way, you can focus on cooking a perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. We love this simple 3 Step Recipe by Delightful E Made!
Step 3: Delegate
The easiest way to make a stress free Friendsgiving is by delegating tasks! Your friends will be more than happy to help, so ask each of them to bring a dish. Another great part about each of your friends bringing a dish is that you get to sees everyone's creativity! Each person gets to bring a little piece of their own Thanksgiving from home to share with all the bffs! We suggest making a simple google doc and asking people to sign up for different things, like food, drinks, decorations, etc. An example list could look like this:
- Cheese Plate: _____________________
- App 2: _____________________
- App 3: _____________________
- App 4: _____________________
- Stuffing: _____________________
- Mashed Potatoes: _____________________
- Veggie 1: _____________________
- Veggie 2: _____________________
- Cranberry: _____________________
- Gravy: _____________________
- Dessert 1: _____________________
- Dessert 2: _____________________
Step 4: Make it Festive!
Make it festive with some cute and easy decorations! If you need a little inspo, we love this article by Country Living. This has tons of easy DIY centerpiece ideas!
Check out our FREE Place Card and Napkin Wrap Printables to add to your table décor. Your guests can write their name and what they are thankful for! As a fun activity, have your friends go around the table and share what they wrote on their card!
Step 5: Festive Fall Drinks
Don’t forget about the festive fall drinks! Our favorite is the Sparking Apple Cider Sangria from Pizzazzerie! It's simple and delicious!
And there you go! You are ready to host the perfect Friendsgiving without having to feel stressed or overwhelmed. So now it's time to eat, drink and be merry! Now it's time to eat, drink and be merry! Maybe you will start a new tradition because when you are with your friends does it really get any ~butter~ then that?!
the bloom team