How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Are you looking to host the perfect Friendsgiving get together? Friendsgiving is bound to be bigger than ever this year given the growing popularity of the holiday, restrictions that are keeping people from traveling to see family, and the fact that people are looking for pretty much any reason or opportunity to celebrate with dear friends. Many are incorporating Friendsgiving into their traditional Thanksgiving celebrations or even hosting a separate, additional Friendsgiving meal or get-together. If you’re embracing the Friendsgiving spirit, whether in person or virtually over Zoom, here is some inspiration for how to host the perfect Friendsgiving.

How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

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As always, start with the invitations. The design you choose can also help set your “theme” or overall aesthetic for the event.

Editable Friendsgiving Invitation by Wishful Paperie
Invitation for Friendsgiving
Premium Digital Friendsgiving Invitation from Evite
Virtual Friendsgiving Invitation

Pro tip: Use Evite’s “What to Bring” feature so guests can sign up for something to bring


Once you’ve decided on an overall style for your Friendsgiving get-together and chosen a coordinating invitation, it will be easier to decide on your decor.

If you’re going for more of a “glam” look, this set of 25 place settings with gold accents is perfect!

25 Guest Place Settings with Gold Plastic Plates Gold Silverware, Disposable Cups
Friendsgiving Place Settings
Brown Kraft Paper Roll 18 inch x 180 ft 

For a more rustic look, brown kraft paper down the table is such a great touch. It looks especially great with some fall flowers or mini pumpkins. Take it up a notch by using it as a place for friends to write what they are thankful for. Or put a few fall colored crayons down and you’ve got a perfect activity for a kids Friendsgiving or the kids table at any holiday get together.

Use this paper roll to create a table runner, table cloth or cut individual pieces to use as placemats. Bonus – it makes clean up a breeze!

I used brown kraft paper last Thanksgiving and loved the way it looked:

Friendsgiving Tablescape
Brown kraft paper down the table is perfect for a rust Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast!
“Leftovers are for quitters” cocktail napkins

These cocktail napkins feel like a must have for Friendsgiving!

Serve cocktails or appetizers from these fall themed serving trays:

Fall Foliage Serving Tray
Small Personalized Pumpkin place cards

I ADORE these mini pumpkins personalized with your guest’s names. I love that they can be used as place cards on the table and then guests can also take these home as a party favor.

Friendsgiving Decor, Friendsgiving Placecards


How fun will it be for all of your guests to wear one of these super cute group shirts from AppleCopter! These would make for an awesome group photo or screen shot of everyone on your Friendsgiving zoom call. These shirts are an especially fun way to feel connected to the people you’re celebrating with if you have to celebrate from afar.

Thanksgiving Food Shirt, Friendsgiving Shirts, Unisex Fit
Friendsgiving Shirts
Pumpkin Pie Face Mask

If you are celebrating in person and want to help increase your guest’s safety, how about these adorable pumpkin pie face masks?


If you’re the host/hostess or looking for a gift for your host/ess, this embroidered thankful AF apron is perfect! Available in black, maroon, kiwi or orange stitching.

Friendsgiving Hostess Gift, Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

And speaking of hostess gifts. . .


Friendsgiving Neoprene Wine Bottle Bag

If you’re bringing a bottle of wine to your Friendsgiving get-together, why not take it up a notch and gift it in a reusable neoprene wine bag?

Friendsgiving Wine Bag, Hostess Gift

Or send this “thankful AF” canvas wine bag to your friends who will be gathering for your Zoom Friendsgiving get-together.

Thankful AF Canvas Wine Bag
Friendsgiving Canvas Wine Bag, Thanksgiving Hostess Gift
Engraved Wooden Spoon

These engraved spoons would be perfect whether you’re celebrating in person or virtually!

Personalized Tea Towel

Show your host/hostess your appreciation with a personalized tea towel

Leftovers Kit

Perhaps the best party favor of all. . . leftovers!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Kit

I love that Friendsgiving is becoming a growing tradition. Hopefully these are some helpful suggestions and inspiration for hosting your own Friendsgiving. Before signing off, here’s a delicious recipe I found on How Sweet Eats for an Apple Cider Sangria that would be the perfect signature cocktail (or easily leave out the alcohol for a mocktail) for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get-togethers. If celebrating virtually, send this recipe out to family and friends so you can all enjoy it together.

Apple Cider Sangria

However you celebrate, I wish you a wonderful Thanks/Friendsgiving holiday season full of love and gratitude.

xo, Rachel

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