Host a Friendsgiving Your Friends Will Be Thankful For

Hint: cranberry sangria makes for very gracious guests. 

Make like Monica Geller and open your home to pals for the best Friendsgiving since Friends circa 1998! The concept for Friends-giving is simple enough—it’s like Thanksgiving, but without the passive-aggressive sweet-potato casserole critiques from your mother. Plus, a healthy helping of holiday hops and booze doesn’t hurt either.

Buffet-Style Thanksgiving Dinner

Buffet-Style Thanksgiving Dinner

This year make hosting Thanksgiving as easy as pie by celebrating potluck style. You provide the basics (turkey, beverages and a few sides) and ask guests to bring their favorite dish. Thanksgiving is all about the food, so set up a handy to-go station for leftovers so everyone leaves with a few tasty bites to enjoy later.

Gracious Greeting

Friends won’t hesitate to knock on your door with this adorable, autumn-adorned Thanksgiving wreath. This simple DIY uses metallic acorns, gilded pine cones and wintry white leaves on a natural grapevine wreath to create a glam final product that looks like a billion bucks. Get the how-to here.

Family Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner

Family Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner

When it comes down to it, the most important part of your Thanksgiving dinner is being surrounded by loved ones. Spend the days leading up focusing on prep work so you can relax and enjoy yourself on the big day.

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Autumn-Door-Wreath-celebrate-fall

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath

Place Your Pals

In true Monica-nature, never underestimate the stategic art of a stylish seating chart. We've made it ten times easier with these festive, fall-inspired place cards that you can print out in no time. 

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CI-Kori-Clark_Thanksgiving-placecard-carmel-apple-flag3_h

Customizable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Pumpkin Details

Pumpkins are not just for Halloween, you know! Put some gorgeous gourds to use for added table decor or follow this tutorial to transform them into show-stopping place cards.

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White-Pumpkin-Placecard-Holder-simple-is-better

DIY White Pumpkin Place Card

Trendy Tassels

Showcase your crafty talents by making our trendy, leather fringe napkin rings. Our step-by-step makes it easy. And the results? Cutlery has never looked so cute! Don’t be surprised if friends drop hints for a set of their own.

DIY Leather Fringe Napkin Rings

Floral Focus

Deck out your table with a bounty of blooms. With many grocery stores carrying seasonal flowers, DIY arrangements are easier than you might think. Get the how-to for this autumnal arrangement here

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Autumn-Floral-Arrangement-budget-blooms

DIY Autumn Floral Arrangement

Wet Your Whistle

The judgmental gaze from straitlaced Aunt Laura is notably absent from your Friendsgiving gathering. Just another thing to be thankful for, right? Count those blessings with a cocktail (or two) that celebrates the flavors of the season. Our go-to for the holidays—cranberry sangria.

Cranberry Sangria

Cranberry Sangria

Make cranberry sangria

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Soup to Start

Satisfy your friends’ appetite with fun, flavorful pumpkin soup shooters! Just be sure to make extra. With a recipe this tasty, your pals will be throwing them back and asking for round two! (And three, and four.)

Pumpkin Soup Shooter

Pumpkin Soup Shooter

This rich, creamy soup is sure to hit the spot. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds and serve in tall shot glasses for a 5-star-restaurant-worthy presentation.

Photo by: Beryl Cohen

Beryl Cohen

Gobble, Gobble

The most important part of Friendsgiving? Turkey, of course! Be a true pal and serve a bird not soon forgotten. This recipe for sage roasted turkey with a crunchy maple crust will earn you a round of applause and keep friends full and happy for the rest of their stay. 

Sage Roasted Turkey With Crunchy Maple Crust

Sage Roasted Turkey With Crunchy Maple Crust

For the star of the Thanksgiving meal, give guests a savory-meets-sweet main course that they won't soon forget. Rather than serving a traditional turkey, mix things up by making this drool-worthy bird. Get the recipe: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/sage-roasted-turkey-with-crunchy-maple-crust-recipe/index.html

Turkey-day Take-Away

The hostess with the most-est is bound to have a hefty helping of leftovers after a holiday get-together. Why suffer through a Tupperware-packed fridge when you could share the wealth? Give your friends these darling, decorated to-go boxes, filled with samplings of your holiday spread.

Treats To-Go!

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