How to Host a Friendsgiving Your BFFs Will Never Forget

flowers in a pumpkin vase on the dinner table.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, recount fond memories and enjoy a yummy meal together. This year, treat yourself to two Thanksgiving celebrations: one for your family and one for your friends!

Some may prefer to use Friendsgiving as an alternative to family Thanksgiving. If the idea of holiday travel makes your head hurt or you dread having to field your great aunt asking (for the hundredth time) if you’ll ever get married, a Friendsgiving celebration is just what you need!

If you take on the responsibility of hosting Friendsgiving this year, get ready to start planning. Whether you envision a high-class dinner party or a casual hangout, we created a collection of ideas to help you craft the perfect evening for you and your besties. From tablescape ideas to hosting and etiquette tips, we have all the how-tos you need to get Friendsgiving started!

purple, orange, and pink bouqet on thanksgiving table.
Include this Autumn Harvest Bouquet at your own Friendsgiving feast.

 
The first step to creating a classy Friendsgiving is all in the decor. Spice up your tablescape with freshly cut flowers in gorgeous autumn colors for the perfect addition to your Friendsgiving spread. Finish your floral tablescape with fall staples like pumpkins and gourds, or create a flower garland using sunflowers and orange roses. No matter what look you’re going for, your friends will be impressed with your perfectly styled florals. Use the inspiration below for more decor ideas, then dive into the rest of the article for more tips on throwing the ultimate Friendsgiving!

 

moodboard with friendsgiving tips.

 

Once your tablescape is dressed and ready to wow your friends, it’s time to set the table. Use the inspiration below to create the perfect place setting for each of your BFFs. Whether you prefer to keep things informal or want to go all out with a formal dinner, these table setting ideas will help you finish off your decor.

 

tips for setting the table for friendsgiving.

 

Once the tablescape and place settings are complete, it’s worth your time to brush up on dinner party etiquette. Around friends, it probably isn’t necessary to go full Emily Post, but observing a few simple rules will help you pull off a great Friendsgiving party in style. From sending invitations to prepping your home for guests, these tips will also level up your hosting skills!

 

hosting tips for friendsgiving.

 

Now that you’re fully prepared for Friendsgiving, it’s time to get the ball rolling! Send invitations, plan your menu and decide on a theme to get started. Whether you decide to host a formal dinner party or a casual get-together, your friends will appreciate the gorgeous decor and yummy food you’ve prepared for them.

For the final touch, treat yourself to a beautiful Thanksgiving bouquet to display in your entryway or on your tabletop.

Sources
Real Simple | Martha Stewart | Emily Post | Shutterfly