Surprisingly I’ve never written about Friendsgiving on the blog, probably because I had never participated in one before. Last year however, we went to Friendsgiving at our friends Harry and Alyssa’s apartment with a ton of people. I think there were like forty people there. It was so much fun.
A lot of Dan’s friends are transplants so before we started dating he celebrated a few Friendsgivings with them, but since my family is here in Washington, I’ve always spent Thanksgiving with them. I really like the idea of Friendsgiving, even if it’s a small get together with friends a few days or a week before the actual holiday. We tend to not see our friends as much during the holiday season, with everyone visiting family or going away for the holidays, so it’s great to get together and share a special evening with them. To celebrate the holiday time with your friend family.
However, Friendsgiving is not like Thanksgiving, where Mom usually does most of the cooking. Friendsgiving is a time when everyone needs to pull their weight. Unless you’re someone who absolutely loves to cook and wants to be in charge of everything and you wear a halo on your head, there won’t just be one cook.
Buzzfeed actually put together a great post called the 17 Rules of Friendsgiving that you must read. It’s a basic rundown of how to not screw up Friendsgiving with rules such as; the host makes the turkey and gravy and EVERYONE else must contribute something else (and it must be coordinated so you don’t end up with five things of mashed potatoes). As well as my other favorite rule, that everyone must bring a bottle of wine except for one person who will bring whiskey. Sounds like the way to get shit done if you ask me.
Along the same lines, the inspiration photos I’ve put together are both visually appealing and the posts themselves are really helpful. They have recipes, tips, and Friendsgiving ideas to make for a memorable, beautiful, and tasty holiday.
Friendsgiving Menu | What’s Gaby Cooking – That is one gorgeous table. Just put me right next to that cheese plate, please. I had to show the table but be sure to check out the recipes in the post, such as the mascarpone mashed potatoes and pumpkin chocolate chip cake with chai spiced frosting.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels | Oh Happy Day – These labels are so pretty! They make such a big impact on a special part of Thanksgiving. Everyone loves Thanksgiving leftovers, so why not make them a tad more memorable?
Rustic Friendsgiving Inspiration + Delicious Recipes | Style Me Pretty – I love the thought of getting together after a meal to make s’mores. Everyone is bundled up and enjoying hot cocoa. Be sure to click-through to the post to see the stunning rustic tablescape.
Party Planner: Friendsgiving with Sunday Suppers | Williams-Sonoma Taste – You gotta love a simple table that still makes a statement. That blue table runner looks great with all the colorful Thanksgiving dishes. This post also has great recipes and tips for your Friendsgiving day so be sure to check it out.
Friendsgiving 2015: Casual and Organic | Lemon Thistle – Oh this is such a perfect tablescape idea for Friendsgiving. It’s casual but still impactful. You need some butcher paper, a bunch of candles, some greenery, a pumpkin or two, and hopefully a friend who’s taken a calligraphy class. ;)
Celebrating Friendsgiving | The Sweetest Occasion – Again, this entire Friendsgiving feast is worth checking out, including the cute baby artichoke place setting, but what a great idea having a chalkboard menu for your Thanksgiving meal. It feels very fancy and impressive, and I’ll take (as in eat) that menu any day.