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How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

The reason I appreciate a Friendsgiving dinner is because it’s like celebrating Thanksgiving with your second family. And if you host a potluck style dinner, you get to try everyone’s cooking, which could be a good or bad thing. Not to mention, it’ll be less work for you. First and foremost, timing is everything. I recommend hosting a Friendsgiving either two weeks before Thanksgiving or the week after, so that you’re not spread thin with too little time in between both dinner events.

As usual, I used Evite to send out invitations to everyone. This also makes it easier to keep tracking of what everyone’s contributing. In my opinion, the host is automatically in charge of the turkey.

A week before…

  • Order your turkey and throw it in the freezer, until you’re ready to defrost and cook it.

  • Make a list of recipes you plan on cooking and scout out some new ones to try on the cooking blogs. Don’t pick a recipe that’s too complicated, if it’s your first time trying it. You’ll stress yourself out on this one dish.

  • If there are any uncommon ingredients in your recipes, order them on Amazon, preferably on with Prime 2-Day Shipping.

  • And while you’re still on Amazon, take a look at their Fall and Thanksgiving themed paper goods. I got mine from Party City.

A few days before…

  • Confirm that everyone is still bringing what they signed up for.

  • Make your shopping list and go get ‘em champ.

The Day of…

Wear something cozy! I’m not telling you to pull out your pajamas, but jeans, a sweater, and some comfy slippers should be just fine. Oh and a cute apron!

Let one or two of your besties come a little earlier than the rest of the crowd, so that you’ll have some help cooking and setting up. Plus, a few glasses of wine with your girls, while you’re cooking can’t hurt.

Have cocktails made and ready to pass along, as guests start arriving. Everyone can sip and see what you’re cooking.


And, of course, appetizers are always good to have on hand.

Bonus Tips

Read a million blogs to get ideas from everyone, so you can try new recipes and table settings.

Think of a charitable cause for your friends to donate to, if they can’t contribute a dish, like FEED. It’s very fitting because this is a non-profit organization that fights to end world hunger. And you can host a Supper charity event with some of their helpful hosting tools.

My 2018 Thanksgiving Menu

My 2018 Thanksgiving Menu

Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails