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How to Host a Friendsgiving


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.

Easy Entertaining

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.

Plant-based 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

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus

Mediterranean Lentil Dip

Garlic and Herb Vegan Cheese

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

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.

Vegan Mushroom Wellington

Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Lentil Sweet Potato Shepards Pie

Pumpkin Sage Risotto

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. 

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Mini Sweet Potato Pies

Homemade Apple Cider

Maple Pecan Pie Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Hot Apple Crumble Bars

However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, make a toast to good friends, great food and enjoy the day!