Although Thanksgiving falls on every fourth Thursday in November, it can be hard to coordinate a dinner that works for all of our friends and family to attend. Throwing a “Friendsgiving” party a few days before the actual holiday is a fairly new trend in America, and it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family with prior engagements. Our helpful guide explains a few ways to throw a successful Friendsgiving party for guests of all ages this November!
1. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is the number one way to avoid a Friendsgiving disaster! Deciding how much turkey or cranberry sauce ahead of time ensures that you’ve prepared enough food for your event, and helps to gauge how much preparation is necessary on the day of the actual party.
2. Serve the Right Apps!
Don’t fill up on appetizers before the big dinner, instead provide something small for guests to snack on beforehand. Adults and kids alike will love these mac and cheese bites, a delicious finger food that’s great before the big feast!
3. Set the Right Centerpiece
Incorporate the colors of fall with a pop of color with these cute DIY mini pumpkin floral centerpieces! A mix of flowers, a shot glass, floral foam, and mini pumpkins are needed to create these easy arrangements.
4. Apple Cider is a Must!
As the temperature finally begins to fall in Dallas, apple cider is a crowd favorite during the colder months! This slow cooker spiced apple cider is easy to make, and is sure to please guests of all ages during your next Friendsgiving party! Best served with a cinnamon stick (or two!)
5. Pie Please!
Pies are the staple dessert for Thanksgiving, so it’s a definite must during your next Friendsgiving party! This pie bar is the perfect way for guests to choose their favorite, whether it’s apple or pumpkin, or simply sample them all! No matter if it’s store bought or homemade, guests will love the variety of this classic American dessert!
6. Cook the Perfect Turkey
The turkey is the most important part of a Friendsgiving meal! This step-by-step guide will help you create the best roast turkey this holiday season!
7. Give Thanks!
Give thanks this Friendsgiving season! Have everyone take turns telling the table what they’re thankful for, or simply write it down on this chalkboard tablecloth! Not only a great conversation starter, but it’s a unique way to give thanks at your next Dallas event!
8. Throw the Pigskin
Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes! So bring the party outside after dinner for some good ole American touch football!
9. Keep the Decor Simple
The food should be the main attraction, so keeps the decor subtle yet elegant for this Friendsgiving party. This DIY leaves garland is easy to make, festive, and cost effective! With some fake leaves, Elmer’s glue and an assortment of glitter, this garland is the perfect fall decor for your event!
10. Save the Leftovers
Leftovers are arguably the best part about a Thanksgiving dinner. Create a leftover station to package the remainder of the feast for guests to take home! Guests will love the adorable packaging, and the leftover turkey and mashed potatoes are a plus too!
Planning the perfect Friendsgiving party doesn’t need to be stressful! Minor preparation and good food go a long way in putting on the perfect party this November. Follow Jump City on Pinterest for more Friendsgiving tips and ideas.