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Hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner for the First Time

Saptakee Sengupta Aug 31, 2020
Friendsgiving dinner parties bring forth immense joy and merriment. If you are planning to throw a party at your home this year, then you can grab the ideas explained over here. We have also mentioned some convenient ways of organizing the party which would be useful for you.
You can smell the sweet fragrance of happiness in the air in the month of November. It's the season to celebrate Thanksgiving and have a splendid time with the family. The traditional ways of celebrating Thanksgiving have changed today because not everyone gets the opportunity to join their family and be a part of the rituals.
Thus, they throw a Friendsgiving party to retain the fervor of Thanksgiving festival. Friends are invited at home for dinner and the grandeur of the party is enhanced by delicious food and drinks.

Tips for Hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner

Organizing a party can be a stress-free job only when you plan everything in advance and execute them in an organized manner. Moreover, it would be absolutely a casual party as the main purpose is to enjoy the festival with friends. Here are some useful tips if you are hosting a friendsgiving dinner for the first time.

De-clutter Your Home

Clean your home and keep enough room for movement. Place extra chairs (if needed) in your living room and serve snacks and drinks on the tea-table itself. Illuminate the room with candles, balloons and make the ambience vibrant.
Do not panic and ponder too much on party decorations and food. Relax yourself and have fun in the company of your friends.

Delegate Responsibilities

Instead of taking the entire responsibility on your shoulders, you can share it with your friends. And I'm sure your friends would also be keen to help you. You can cook food together and serve with their assistance.
Host a buffet so that everyone can indulge themselves in gossip and laughter while eating. Furthermore, the idea of delegating responsibility would also boost up the spirit of organizing the Friendsgiving party.

Bonfire with Friends

Roasted marshmallows, barbecued chicken and good music are enough to make a happening bonfire. Gather your friends and start the preparations for kindling the fire.
Cover the ground with a few travel sheets so that everyone can gather around the fire. Along with food and drinks preparations, you can also arrange to have some soulful music and dance. Ecstatic!

Potluck Dinner an Option

Potluck dinner is a convenient option for those who are arranging a Friendsgiving party for the first time.
Your friends, individually, will bring a dish that will be shared while dining. The variety of food increases and so does the taste. No matter whether they order food or cook themselves, you can always opt for this idea even for impromptu parties.

Dinner Table Setting

You can arrange the buffet in your garden, backyard or in the dining hall of your home. Deck up the table with tablecloth and place centerpieces and flowers on it.
These elements neither involve huge expenses nor excess efforts from your side as in a lavish party decor. Since it is an informal buffet dinner, your friends will be self-serving the dishes, cutlery, food and drinks.

Menus for a Friendsgiving Dinner

When the plan is to cook food at home, then you must decide the menu beforehand in order to avoid the last-minute confusion. Look for recipes which can be cooked quickly and are scrumptious at the same time. Here we present you the best menus to choose for the dinner.

Turkey at the Center of the Table

The presence of a full baked turkey is enough to get you in the thanksgiving mood. You can also chop/ carve the whole turkey and grill/ roast it with jalapeno, capsicum, tomatoes and spices.
We have listed the easy-to-cook turkey dishes here.
  • Brined and spiced turkey breasts
  • Lemon-herb turkey
  • Vegetable stuffed turkey
  • Deep-fried crunchy turkey

Traditional Pumpkin Recipes

Cooking authentic pumpkin recipes is another way to celebrate Friendsgiving. Cookies, bread, pies, rolls, fries and sweets are made from pumpkin which are believed to be auspicious. You can also serve pumpkin punches.
Have a look at the pumpkin recipes.
  • Pumpkin banana pancake
  • Creamy pumpkin soup
  • Pumpkin pie fudge
  • Pumpkin spice latte

Treat with Baked Dishes

Baked dishes are probably the simplest way to treat your friends. Keep the ingredients ready, bake them in oven and serve hot. You can include vegetables, meat, fish or eggs for the Friendsgiving dinner menu
  • Hot dog baked beans
  • Sausage cheeseburger pizza
  • Fish fillet in cheese
  • Baked pasta in tomato sauce

Desserts for Sweet Lovers

Even after having a heavenly delicious meal, we tend to have sweet cravings. Thus, desserts cannot be missed from the Friendsgiving menu. The easiest option is to bake a cheesecake/ chocolate cake and serve hot with cookies.
Fruit punches and cocktails will also be delighting.
  • Chocolate pecan pie
  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Peanut butter balls
  • Creamy vanilla ice cream
Friendsgiving is an occasion to make merry with friends in order to overcome the nostalgia of being away from the family during Thanksgiving. However, today it has become a trend to invite friends during the turkey festival. So, worry not about hosting the dinner party as you are all going to share the responsibilities and celebrate the occasion together.