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.
Pro tip: Use Evite’s “What to Bring” feature so guests can sign up for something to bring
SETTING THE TABLE:
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!
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:
These cocktail napkins feel like a must have for Friendsgiving!
Serve cocktails or appetizers from these fall themed serving trays:
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.
WHAT TO WEAR:
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.
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.
And speaking of hostess gifts. . .
HOSTESS GIFTS / PARTY FAVORS
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?
Or send this “thankful AF” canvas wine bag to your friends who will be gathering for your Zoom Friendsgiving get-together.
These engraved spoons would be perfect whether you’re celebrating in person or virtually!
Show your host/hostess your appreciation with a personalized tea towel
Perhaps the best party favor of all. . . leftovers!
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.