Friendsgiving Party Ideas

Get the gang together for a twist on turkey day! Mini bites and more! This Thanksgiving, get the gang together for a "family of friends" feast! Put a fresh spin on the traditional gathering with a Friendsgiving party that has it all: food, friends and fun. Wow them with our unique food and drink ideas, as well as bountiful fall-themed decorations with a warm and welcoming harvest feel. Check out over a dozen delicious ideas!

Idea 1: Try apple and cheese mini toasts

Serve up a low-cal Skinny Crostini! Toast slices of baguette and top with a little lettuce, a slice of sharp cheddar and two bite-sized apple wedges. Sprinkle with pepper for a kick, then serve these mini toasts on modern square appetizer plates and a silver platter for a blend of modern and traditional.

Idea 2: Apple spritzers are perfect for toasting!

This bubbly sipper is a harvest of classic autumn flavors. To share a tray of spirited Apple Cider Spritzers, pour a mix of sparkling apple cider, club soda and a dash of bourbon into mini cordial glasses. Garnish with chilled cranberries and a sprig of thyme. Bring in a silver tray of these and raise a toast to good friends!

Idea 3: A cornucopia of mini cocktails

There's something for everyone on this tray of petite fall beverages. Mini martini glasses, wine glasses and shooters on silver trays look elegant and let everyone quench their thirst and try new flavors. Check out recipes for Pear Cocktails and Apple Cider Spritzers. Time for tasting!

Idea 4: Whip up Harvest Half Moons

Roasted acorn squash + bacon + mushrooms + pumpkin seeds = yum! Cut 2 medium squash in half, remove seeds and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange on a pan and season with a sprinkling of olive oil, salt and pepper. Pop in the oven at 400°F until tender and brown. While they're roasting, sauté bacon, onions, sliced mushrooms and a handful of pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) in a pan. Serve your succulent squash and bacon mix on a clear plate and fall-themed charger – this squash dish will be the pick of the patch!

Idea 5: A bountiful Thanksgiving buffet

If you're hosting a potluck-style feast, give each dish its chance to shine next to the turkey. Fall-themed chargers, harvest-hued bowls and embossed platters make the dishes look even more delicious. Set a sparkling atmosphere with string lights above glittery pumpkins and faux bouquets.

Idea 6: Gather together your turkey and trimmings

Turkey wouldn't be the same without green beans! Make them display-worthy with a clear plate layered over a leaf-embossed charger. Try your hand at this traditional dish by blanching the green beans and sprinkling with lemon juice, lemon zest and chopped parsley, then roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 350°F. Serve with a sprinkling of toasted almonds for a fall favorite!

Idea 7: Give thanks for friendship

Before filling your home with friends and feast, be sure to fill the walls and table with plenty of fall-themed decor: faux flowers, gold paper doilies, and napkins and chargers in bronze, gold, orange, and red. And just for fun, why not place silly turkey headbands and hats at each place-setting? The pictures you take will be perfect for Facebook and Instagram!

Idea 8: Easier-than-pie: mini cheesecake parfaits!

Wow them with no-bake pumpkin cheesecake minis! Just beat 1 package of cream cheese, 1 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice until creamy. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Spoon into pedestal cups and add a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Pop in mini spoons and they're just right for your casual gathering. Nom nom!

Idea 9: They'll give thanks for mini pear cocktails!

Treat your Friendsgiving crowd to mini pear cocktails with sugared rims. In a shaker, mix 2 parts pear juice to 1 part vodka and add a splash of vermouth. Before you pour, rim the mini martini glasses in cinnamon-sugar. The mellow pear flavors will complement the cinnamon-sugar rim for a quenching autumn aperitif.

Idea 10: Make it a Friendsgiving mini tasting party

Liven up classic favorites and create some new traditions of your own. We've got creative cocktails, gorgeous desserts and delish appetizers – all in mini size. Check out Mini Mac & Cheese, Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Skinny Crostini recipes, and serving ideas for this memorable mini tasting party.

Idea 11: They'll gobble up your tiramisu shooters

Mini tiramisus have Friendsgiving flair and they're a snap to whip up: Whisk together 1 cup mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 cup brewed coffee. Spoon crumbled lady fingers and cocoa powder into the bottom of mini cordial glasses and top with the creamy mascarpone cheese mixture and a dollop of whipped cream. Tie on a cocktail spoon for a sweet touch.