Thanksgiving is a special holiday where we get together with our families, eat lots of mom’s cooking, and argue around the table about who gets the last slice of pumpkin pie. But as we get older we start to build our own “families”, with the people and friends we choose to surround ourselves with. It is those people who we turn to for advice and trust in our lives the most. So what better way to to express your gratitude for such priceless friendships than to continue to build more memorable moments and memories that will last a lifetime.
We’ve been throwing Friendsgiving for the past three years and nothing is more exciting than getting together and contributing to a dinner with your best friends around a dinner table. It’s safe to say we’ve got it down, so let us help you create a marvelous night in celebration of Friendsgiving.
Here are some Friendsgiving Ideas to throw a magical, memorable dinner:
Now, for our Friendsgiving dinner, Lychee & Plum has always whipped up all the food… with the exception of Liz’s apple and brie hors d’oeuvre and Eiki’s scrumptious tart.
You can have everyone bring a dish, ‘potluck style’, or if your group of friends aren’t the best cooks, you can make the dinner yourself and give everyone a responsibility.
It’s important to make a clear list of who you want to invite. We always try to be as intimate as we can. This dinner is about spending it with the people who have turned into family. The more intimate, the better. Keep that in mind when deciding.
Nothing sets the mood better than lighting. Find the perfect lighting whether you have dimmers in your place, candles (non scented), twinkle lights, or a combination of all three.
Best purchase for Twinkle Lights
Fresh flowers are a must. To lessen your stresses, head to the flower shop the day before. I enjoy going to the flower market the morning of and grabbing anything I find eye catching and healthy. I’ll assemble when I get home, it isn’t hard to make something look good when it’s already beautiful.
If you live in LA, the Los Angeles Flower Market has a huge selection of flowers with prices ranging from $2- $30 (make sure to check their hours of operations, they close early)
Trader Joes has reasonably priced flowers. You can get a bouquet for as low as $3.99
Whole Foods is similar to Trader Joes as far as price range.
Flowers may differ between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s so if you’re not happy with one store selection, make sure to check the other
And of course there’s your local flower store. I like the most bang for my buck so this will be my last resource because they mark up their flowers.
Table Setting | Friendsgiving Ideas
If you’re on a budget you can find some good stuff at the Dollar Tree such as plastic plates, silverware and platters. Don’t let the Dollar Tree fool you, their stuff looks nice and the best part is you can throw it away.
If you’re willing to spend a little money and don’t mind washing dishes go for glass plates and find some nice serving platters, after all, the food is the star of the show! We’ve found some really nice antique platters at thrift stores for reasonable prices.
At any party or get together music plays an important role. It helps set a tone for the night and adds background noise. Make sure you have a good soft playlist for this dinner. Put someone on music duty and give them a direction depending on what style of music you like. Our group always listens to deep house.
We usually make a cocktail or sangria so our friends can have a drink when they arrive; during dinner some switch to wine and green.
Friendsgiving Ideas: The Menu
To start, we server an Spanish influenced butternut squash soup with dukkah. The turkey is the centerpiece. We make ours nice and simple basted with loads of butter, fresh herbs and lemon. Alongside the turkey, we server a really good gravy of turkey drippings more butter and more herbs. Next, the sides: mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sourdough and cornbread sausage stuffing. The first two years we went overboard on the sides. It was a ton of work and nothing was eaten. Not we make sure to just make our favorites. We finish the night with two simple desserts; banana cream pie and a stone fruit crisp.
All of the Feels
Enjoy the night as the hours pass with laughter, love and appreciation. My fondest memories are at Friendsgiving. It’s funny how time can stand still when you’re with the right group of people, amazing food and conversation.
Now go plan the time of your life..