Friendsgiving Hosting Tips: Your Ultimate Checklist 

November 14, 2022

Planning on hosting a Friendsgiving with your closest pals this year? I’ve outlined some essential hosting tips to make this the best Friendsgiving ever. 

When it comes to holidays, Thanksgiving is hands-down one of my faves. The thing I love about Thanksgiving is the feeling of love and appreciation in the air, and it seems like everyone is generally a little kinder to each other. Of course, there are also so many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, whether you choose to have dinner with your family or lend a hand delivering meals to those in need. 

 If you are in your twenties or thirties, chances are you have had a few experiences with Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is a fun way to add an additional celebration to get your holiday season started! It’s generally a good idea to host one a weekend or two before Thanksgiving to get your crew together. So if you are getting started on hosting ideas, here are some ways to get prepped for the day. 

Last year, I shared my ultimate Friendsgiving checklist, where I detailed every last thing you’ll need to pull off a successful Friendsgiving dinner. This year, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best hosting tips, which can be used for hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or a more laidback Friendsgiving gathering. 


Send Out Invites Early 

E-vites, if you are feeling fancy, or even a quick text work best for coordinating the entire group and confirming who is coming and who is not. 


Choose Your Menu

This is the fun part! While Thanksgiving typically involves a turkey, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole, no rule says you can’t think outside of the box a little! Find out what your guests like to eat and incorporate those foods or flavors into the meal. Pro tip: be sure to ask if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions you should know about before going to the grocery store. Pick the big dishes that you are going to prep and let everyone else know what you could use to add to the menu. 


Set the Table 

How you decorate your table depends on your style and the vibe you’re going for, so have fun with this! I love throwing on a nice fall-colored tablecloth and decorating the middle with candles, pumpkins, and even fake leaves and pinecones. To go the extra mile, write your guests’ names on place cards in your nicest handwriting for a super personal touch. Consider putting together cute little sweet treats at your table for each individual guest – I love the idea of doing goody bags with ribbon and stuffing them with Snyder’s sandwich pretzels, caramel popcorn, chocolates, candy corns, and other fall-related candies that are tasty! 


Happy Holidays y’all! 🙂