What is Friendsgiving?
This year, travel may not be possible for family members who need to come from far distances to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year may be a Friendsgiving year! Friendsgiving is a celebration of Thanksgiving with friends, instead of family. Gathering in a small group out of doors or with immediate family, is the way to celebrate this year. Maybe you have a close group of people that you have been socializing with for the past few months, these friends would be perfect to invite to your Friendsgiving dinner.
Skip the fuss and go casual, your friends will still love you and will find your creative entertaining ideas inspiring. Leave the linens in the closet and line the table with butcher paper, set out crayons and let guests doodle and draw during mealtime. Create a centerpiece of photos; include all friends that are gathered at your table. Skip the china and use compostable plates, see if you can make your event waste-free! Have friends bring glass containers so they can take home leftovers to remind them of their festive Friendsgiving.
Get creative and plan a meal that will delight the senses and allow everyone to taste and experience new flavors. Encourage guests to bring favorite dishes to share or plan a plant-based meal to share with everyone.
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers
Create a Signature Cocktail
And with those appetizers, you need some beverages. Put out a variety of mixers and spirits and let the fun begin! Have all guests create their own drink concoction and vote on the best signature cocktail or mocktail creation. Quarantini anyone?
Food for a Friendsgiving Celebration
There are many tasty main dishes that can grace your Friendsgiving table besides the usual potatoes and gravy. Savory flavors and a beautiful presentation makes the dishes below crowd favorites. A few alternative takes on traditional staples are included as well.
Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole
Lentil Sweet Potato Shepards Pie
Set up a Dessert Bar
If dinner prep is way out of your comfort zone, host a dessert or pie bar. Have friends over to enjoy drinks and a sweet treat or two.
No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, make a toast to good friends, great food and enjoy the day!