How to Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving

by Jeannette Kaplun

Hosting Friendsgiving this year? There are so many ways to make it meaningful and fun, regardless of how many friends you are gathering to celebrate friendship and gratitude. This new tradition takes place anytime in November, although many choose to organize it in the days surrounding Thanksgiving. To make Friendsgiving easier and stress-free, here are a few tips.

Thanksgiving place setting

1. Keep it small

That way you can really enjoy your friends’ company, protect your budget, and ensure social distancing. If hosting couples, you can set separate tables for each one, too.

Thanksgiving place setting

2. Set the mood with the décor

A Friendsgiving banner is festive and easy! Use fresh flowers or ready-made centerpieces to embellish your table. Scatter fall leaves, mini apples or pumpkins for even more fall vibes.

Thanksgiving place setting

3. Choose themed tableware

There are so many phrases and styles to choose from! It doesn’t have to all be matchy matchy, but do keep everything in the same color family for a cohesive look. Metallics like gold, silver and rose gold go with any palette, so use them for accent pieces and serveware.


Thanksgiving place settings

4. Use place cards to assign seating

It instantly makes your table fancier. You can also use mini chalkboards for a more rustic look.

Printed "thankful, grateful, blessed" napkin

5. Encourage feelings of gratitude and thankfulness

Ask your friends to share one thing they feel thankful for. If you use paper placemats, they can write in their answers. Party City has beautiful Thankful paper placemats that are a great deal. 

"Pour some gravy on me" Thanksgiving takehome containers

6. Use themed to go containers for leftovers

Split up any leftovers and package them in cute containers that are anything but basic. You can also use them to deliver food to any friends who can’t attend your Friendsgiving. 

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