Sip on Sangria:
2 cups Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
1 Bottle of Fruity Red Wine
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brandy
1 Cup Water
Fresh Cranberries, Orange, Lemon and Lime Slices for Garnish
1 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
Bring the cranberries, sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer five minutes or so – until the cranberries pop!
Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice. Discard any solids.
Transfer the cranberry mixture to a large pitcher
Stir in the wine, brandy and orange juice
Chill for two hours and serve over ice!
Set out garnishes for guests to add fresh and Friendsgiving cocktail stir sticks to keep their drink festive and fresh.
Half the fun of planning Friendsgiving comes from getting to decorate a cute fall table. Hit your local HomeGoods for a festive table runner and your local florist for a centerpiece that’s sure to wow! Direct your guests where to sit with these DIY place-cards from Michelle’s Party Planit.
DIY Place Cards:
Small Wooden Blocks
Ink or Permanent Marker
Wood Stain or Wood Marker
Use the rotary cutter to cut a 1.75h x 2.75w rectangle from the canvas panel.
Construct a small frame by gluing together the wooden blocks.
Stamp guests’ names on the canvas panel – you can either use the alphabet stamps and ink or a permanent marker!
Stain the frame to add some texture and glue the frame onto the canvas.
Now, the main event and reason we all love this holiday! The FOOD! Set up a charcuterie board for guests to nibble on as they arrive (check out Everyday Tables’ Instagram if you need inspiration). As the host, we suggest having a few staples out for snacks and mingling as everyone arrives – then let your guests supplement with their dishes! Our go-to festive fall appetizer is this Smoky Pumpkin Hummus. It’s easy to make and serve, and easy for guests to stand and snack since it doesn’t require a full plate. Instead, lay out some personalized Friendsgiving napkins alongside the hummus and you’re good to go!
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus:
1 Can of Chickpeas, Drained and Rinsed
2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1 Can of Unsweetened Pumpkin Purée
1/4 Cup Tahini (Sesame Paste)
2 Tablespoons Adobo Sauce (From Chipotle Chiles Canned in Adobo)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
Hot Chili Oil
1/2 Cup Hulled and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
Pita Bread, Cut Into Triangles and Toasted
Persian Cucumbers, Quartered Lengthwise
In a food processor, whirl the chickpeas, pumpkin, garlic, tahini, adobo sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until smooth. Add more lemon juice and salt as needed.
Transfer hummus to a wide, shallow bowl. Drizzle with the chili oil and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and feta cheese.
Serve with the pita chips and cucumbers!
Gobble ’til You Wobble
You’ll want plates for the main meal so everyone can load up on the Friendsgiving spread. To save yourself time on cleanup and the hassle of having to purchase more plates, we suggest supplying your guests with our custom and cute Thanksgiving plates. TFG tip: get a TON of these! Since you’ll already have Friendsgiving-theme napkins and cups, you can stick with a traditional Thanksgiving plate that can be used on the actual day as well!
If you’re simply attending a Friendsgiving dinner, you don’t want to show up empty handed. Come prepared with this Skillet Green Bean Casserole. The best part is you can bring it straight from the oven and leave it in the skillet for serving or a quick re-heat once you arrive!
While the food, fun drinks and reunion of old friends and new will keep everyone busy, Meaghan of Everyday Tables (the ultimate party host!) suggests having a fun game or something to watch on TV as added entertainment. This could mean planning your event around a football game that’ll be on, or stocking up on fun and easy games like Cards Against Humanity.
When the festivities come to an end, send guests home with a sweet treat like pre-made cookies or holiday candy. You can also purchase sleeves of our ready to ship custom Friendsgiving cups that are shatterproof and reusable. They come in a sleeve of 10, so your friends will love sharing them at their own gathering this year or the next!