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Published on November 1st, 2019 | by Mary-Morgan Byrd

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Tips on how to Friendsgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving month! I’m sure y’all love Thanksgiving as much as me. Who doesn’t love yummy food and time with family? With Thanksgiving comes Friendsgiving also. If you aren’t familiar with Friendsgiving, the concept is pretty simple: you pick a date in November, make lots of yummy food, or have everyone bring a dish, and instead of biological family, the guest list is made up of your friends and chosen family. Friendsgiving can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be! There are so many ideas on the wonderful internet to make your Friendsgiving the best yet! I am going to share my tips and ideas for y’all to use and enjoy at your Friendsgiving for years to come! 

Table:

  1. Serve food buffet style so you can decorate the table/tables however you want. 
  2. You can use one main centerpiece as the focus for your table, or you can add little bits of décor down the whole table. 
  3. You can have more than 1 table if yours isn’t large enough to accommodate all of your loved ones. Don’t go out and buy a way too expensive table. Your friends and family already love you, you don’t have to impress them. Fold out tables are a-okay. Add a tablecloth and some cute festive bits and definitely no one will give 2 figs. You can also buy cheap, yet sufficient tables at a thrift store or rescue mission! Paint them if necessary. 
  4. Kids table: if there will be little ones there you just need a little table and chairs, and some cute decorations and maybe some crafts or coloring sheets/placemats.

Décor:

  1. You can do so much with décor these days. Simple or over the top, it’s all up to you!
  2. Shop your home and yard first! You will be surprised what you can find lying around your little home. Outside you can get Fall-colored leaves, sticks that you can leave natural or paint to match your décor better, nuts, berries, pinecones, apples, pumpkins, etc.
  3. Again, I cannot recommend thrift stores or rescue missions enough! You can find seasonal goodies so cheap, and they add whimsy and character to your décor/table/etc.

Food/Drink:

  1. Have a bar cart full of all kinds of goodies so people can make their own cocktail.
  2. Have a signature cocktail! How festive is that?
  3. Also have the regulars: water, coke and a non-alcoholic punch. A really good punch recipe is just ginger ale, fruit punch Hawaiian punch, and rainbow sherbet! So good!!
  4. Buffet-style for food as mentioned earlier. It is easier on all accounts and keeps the table neat, pretty, and easier for convo. 
  5. A pie bar is such a good idea for dessert! You can have the ever popular pumpkin, as well as sweet potato, apple, cranberry/lime, lemon…the possibilities are endless here also. 
  6. Make sure you have food/drink/dessert options for your guests with food allergies or aversions! You want everyone to be happy, comfy and full of yummy food. 

No need to make it a stressful day! Thrift, be smart, be welcoming, and just enjoy your friends and family and be thankful for all you have! It’s a wonderful life! 

<3 Mary-Morgan xo


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