Simple & Fun Friendsgiving Party Ideas

Friends are family, right? Celebrate the season with these come-as-you-are Friendsgiving ideas.

We know better now than ever, its not always possible to travel home for Thanksgiving. And even if it is, sometimes you want to celebrate with your best friends, too.

Thats where Friendsgiving comes in. This new holiday lets you share a meal with friends in lieu of family, or as a supplement to the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Well show you how to plan the perfect Friendsgiving menu, set a casual holiday table and embrace the true meaning of the season.

Find more ideas in our Thanksgiving hosting handbook.

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The key to a successful Friendsgiving party is two-fold: good food, and lots of it. Ideally, everyone will bring a dish or beverage to pass. But if youre hosting, we suggest supplying the main dish and a few sides, then let your friends fill in the gaps. (Bookmark our turkey guide for everything you need to know about cooking your holiday bird to perfection.)

Editor’s Tip: Even if you love green bean casserole, you don’t want six dishes of it showing up at your Friendsgiving. Make sure to send around a potluck sign-up sheet before the big day so everyone knows what to bring. This way you’ll avoid duplicate dishes and make it easy to cater to dietary restrictions.

When planning what you’ll serve, aim for simple recipes that dont require a ton of time in the kitchen. (Need inspo? These 30-minute Thanksgiving recipes are holiday lifesavers.)After all, you want to be able to enjoy your friends, not spend the whole party scrambling in the kitchen. Opt for slow cooker or make-ahead dishes, and dont be afraid to buy a few things pre-made, too. Were particularly partial to this slow cooker turkey breast and a batch of easy-peasy biscuits. When combined, the duo makes a delicious sandwich! Find these recipes (and more!) in our collection of Friendgiving menu ideas.

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How to Set a Friendsgiving Table

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When setting the table, simplicity is key. Remember that youre here to have a good time, not impress your mother-in-law. Stick to a fun color schemesuch as navy, orange and grayand dont be afraid to buy disposable dishware or cutlery.

Keep the casual feel of the party going by serving the meal potluck-style. Guests can get up whenever they’re hungry or need a refill, and all you have to do is relax. Whenever you opt for a buffet, its a good idea to label all of the dishes. Old wine corks and card stock make for pretty labels (plus, you now have an excuse to drink more wine). To make the labels, simply cut a groove in the cork with a utility knife, write the dish name and any allergens on the card and secure in place. If you’re not up for a crafting project, find out where to buy pre-made place cards (and all of our other amazing Friendsgiving decor).

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How to Give Thanks: Gratitude Board

Its easy to forget how thankful we are for our friends. Set up a reminder with a gratitude board.All you need is a chalkboard and some chalk. As guests arrive, have them write down a few things that theyre grateful for. After the party, take a photo of the board and send it out in a group text message or email so that you can always remember the good times.

Want More Ideas? Find Your Thanksgiving Style.

Transform your table this holiday by planning your Thanksgiving feast around one of our fun (and delicious!) themes. Take our quiz to find the perfect menu, stunning tablescape decorations and moreall based off of your personality.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.