This week brings November and it’s one of my favorite months! My oldest is a November baby and I love all the entertaining November brings. I have a few things that I am hosting this month and Friendsgiving is one of them. Every year a group of our friends get together for Thanksgiving…aka Friendsgiving, before the actual Thanksgiving. Over the years I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way. Here is my ultimate friendsgiving guide that will make your planning a breeze!
When we first started none of us had kids and now between the 5 couples we have 12 kids, next year it will be 13 😉 We’ve had to adapt with each year and it’s been fun! The elements that I pay the most attention to when planning our Friendsgiving are the Food, Decor and the Kids!
Ultimate Friendsgiving Menu
Since we will all have a “traditional” Thanksgiving, we are able to get more creative with our menu. We like to incorporate some classics along with some fun fall dishes. The trick to pulling off the ultimate friendsgiving is to divide up the responsibilities! It takes a village to pull off a great party. I like to plan the menu and then assign dishes to my friends. It takes the guess work out for my friends and it makes all the dishes flow together. Here is what I am planning:
- Turkey- one of the families usually smokes an amazing turkey!
- Honey Baked Ham- I’m a sucker for their hams, they are soooooooo good!
- Slow Cooker Cinnamon Carrots– the kids love these
- Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts by Kevin is Cooking
- Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce by Life Tastes Good
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes by Spend with Pennies
- Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad by Creme de la Crumb
- Sweet Potato Casserole by The Girl Who Ate Everything
- 2 Ingredient Apple Pie Cups by Pillsbury
- Pumpkin Pie Hand Pies by Safeway
- Cranberry Pineapple Punch by Natasha’s Kitchen- the kids love having a fancy drink just for them
Ultimate Friendsgiving Decor
Decorating for the annual Friendsgiving is so fun!! I am an entertainer at heart and love having people over. I like to decorate with neutrals and greenery. It’s easy to pull together because I already have a lot of this in my home already. I’m grabbing inspiration from these beautiful tablescapes!
These Gold DIY pumpkins are calling my name!!! They would go with my decor for fall and the I can pull them for the tablescape. This just might be my weekend project. Check out See Vanessa Craft’s blog, she has so many good ideas!
The white pumpkins with the cranberry mix is so pretty! Ella Claire Inspired did a great job with this table. She even gives out these free printables on her blog. Head over there to grab them.
My friend over at Tom Kat Studio has the cutest party inspiration. A few years ago I snagged this GIVE THANKS banner and I’ve been using it ever sense. She is also giving this away as a FREE printable. Makes decorating for your ultimate friendsgiving affordable!
Ultimate Friendsgiving Kids
Now that we have so many kids at our friendsgiving, I like to have planned things for them to do. This keeps them from jumping on my furniture and includes them in the holiday! I always include a kids game or two, a craft and something sweet just for them. They have their own table set up too. I love seeing them all sit together and have their own fun conversations.
This Friendsgiving I found these cute placemat printables from Ella Claire Inspired, she does it again! I love how she is always giving out great ideas and FREE printables! It makes my life so much easier when I have a creative fun resource.
Playing a game is fun and I usually provide a few little prizes for the kids who win. This year I’m going with Bingo. The kids are getting older and I love seeing their development. My oldest is super competitive too! Simply Everyday Mom has several other game ideas on her blog, go check them out!
This year I’ve been slightly obsessed with rice crispy treats. I’ve made them twice in the past week. One reason I love these is because I can make them ahead of time and freeze them. My friend Christa gave me this tip so I made some for our Halloween Party and for Olivia’s 5th birthday party. One Little Project made these cute pumpkin ones!
I hope you enjoyed my Ultimate Friendsgiving Guide and find planning your Friendsgiving a breeze this year. Remember it takes a team, have a plan to include the kids and use as many free decor things as you can.