Friendsgiving Fun

November 12, 2016

Where has the year gone?! It’s crazy to believe we’re just two weeks away from Thanksgiving!  Although a holiday mostly reserved for spending time with your family; myself like most others are equally grateful for their friends & colleagues. So how do you get the best of both worlds? Easy, host a Friendsgiving dinner either the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving.

This is one of my favorite holidays especially since over the years a friend of mine & her mom would host this huge feast for like 30-40 of us. There’s a variety of ways to host Friendsgiving ranging from preparing an entire feast for your friends or arranging a potluck (just be sure to not have duplicates of certain dishes!).

Here are some ways to ensure you’re the host/hostess with the mostest this Friendsgiving!


Photo by: RSVP Skinnies

#1)  Drinks Simplified

How many times have you tried to play bartender at a gathering and ended up with the least desirable beverage in the world?  RSVP Skinnies takes away the guessing game with their 4 varieties of classic cocktail mixer packets that are super simple to make, taste amazing and have zero calories.  You can have guests BYOB and provide a basic bar setup with the box of packets (there’s 6 in each) so they can have the fun of mixing their own cocktails. This will definitely be a hit for your friends so to avoid a wait or if you know you’re friends won’t tap into their inner mixologist use the recipe below and make carafes of the cocktails in advance.

9 oz.  of  Vodka, Rum, Gin or Tequila

24 oz. or 3 cups of water

6 Skinnies Packets (my favorite is the London Gimlet!)

Stir ingredients together and place in an ice tub with cute little labels as you won’t want to shake this large format recipe with ice or it will be watery by the time guests arrive & consume.  The carafe needs to be at least 33 3/4 oz. so the Bormioli Rocco Misura Carafe is perfect for this and is $4.99 here or at your local Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

You can purchase these awesome RSVP Skinnies cocktail mixers here .

Photo by: Cool Mom Tech

#2) Capture the Memories

Photos from your phone and snapchat filters are great but tangible photos are even better! Plus in my opinion throw in a great filter and those little photo printouts make a dope Instagram/Snapchat posts (Make a fun hashtag for the night!).  I’m absolutely in love with the Instax Mini cameras by Fujifilm and they come in a variety of colors! Get a cool scrapbook along with some markers/pens from your local craft store and have your friends write fun quotes from the night or create a photo wall so you can always look back on the memories.

Tablescape by Unearthed Vintage

#3) Entertainment & Décor

To differentiate from your normal gathering go all out with the décor. Especially since you can find most Fall items are now 50% off at places like Michael’s, etc. I’m not saying be as intricate as the tablescape above (this was one of the booths I stopped by at BizBash 2016) but just make the night special for you & your friends! Disconnect from the social world and play some games outside of flip cup & beer pong like Cards Against Humanity, Utter Nonsense, & That’s What She Said you’ll be too busy dying of laughter to remember your phone.  Last but certainly not least the music is what’s going to tie your Friendsgiving festivities together. Instead of using the typical radio or self-curated playlist check out Spotify’s new Party genre. They feature a number of playlists that transition and mix the next song as if you had a DJ there. Even better if one of your friends are a DJ having them create the perfect mix for the occasion.

Sincerely Shanti xo

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  • Reply A .Antovska November 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Dear Shanti, I like the way you write about Friendsgiving and Fun! Interesting!

  • Reply Emily Robertson November 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This is so cute! I’ll be abroad and without my family this Thanksgiving but I may have to try this on another day! Loveeee the pictures

  • Reply chaza November 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I can’t believe that we are so close to end this year, and Thanks giving is on it’s way. You have given great tips and ideas here. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Amber Myers November 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    This does look like a lot of fun! I really like those plates.

  • Reply Cricket Plunkett November 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Sounds like such a fun night!

  • Reply Shelby Bromley November 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like a great get together idea! I totally want an Instax Mini! Cards Against Humanity would make for a fun night.

  • Reply Alessandra November 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    This sounds like such a great and creative idea! Love the decorations 🙂

  • Reply Benjamin J Travel November 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I love Friendsgiving! Some cute ideas too!

  • Reply Janine Good November 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    What a great article! I love the camera. I’m actually thinking of getting one!

  • Reply Jill Wiley November 13, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Oh my! This is great! I totally want to have a Friendsgiving… And my daughter even has a camera I can use! 🙂 I actually have a Mexican FIESTA for Thanksgiving though so maybe I need a different holiday?! 😉

    • Reply sincerely shanti November 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

      I would love Thanksgiving at your house, you had me at mexican fiesta haha! Christmas & New Years are right around the corner so I’m sure you’ll squeeze it in there. ?

  • Reply Jennifer Hamra November 14, 2016 at 1:08 am

    This is a great idea! I wish my friends lived closer. I would love to throw a Friendsgiving for them!

  • Reply liz November 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

    awwwww I love this! I always host orphan thanksgiving for those who can’t go home so I’ll have to incorporate some of these ideas!

  • Reply Jae | Dreaming of Leaving November 14, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Friendsgiving is a thing in my house too and I cant wait for it to roll around every year. Great tips! xo

  • Reply Josselyn Martinez November 14, 2016 at 11:21 am

    This is a great post I’m going to try ri have friendsgiving with my crew soon

  • Reply Ritika Chakrabarty November 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I love love love the instant cameras! I’m really hoping to get one for Christmas! I am a photo taking fiend during the holidays!

  • Reply Cynthia Nicoletti November 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Sounds like a great together. Friendships are very special.

  • Reply Devika November 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Cool drinks and lovely set up. I can sure use some tips this Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Lindsey November 14, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This looks like so much fun! We are traveling to Colorado this year to be with friends & I cannot wait!

  • Reply nicole November 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Lol I always laugh at how many times I messed up so many drinks for my friends. Agree in capturing the moments! I love the instax films they let you actually grab a picture and not just watch it on your phone.

  • Reply Sassy November 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love your little set up for friendsgiving! This copper mugs are the best <3

  • Reply Agnes November 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, that table setting is gorgeous! I really cant believe its Thanksgiving already as well.

  • Reply Madame X November 16, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, that table decor is lovely even the chairs. This is a great idea!

  • Reply Lulle November 17, 2016 at 2:13 am

    The table setting is really pretty. I love to have flowers or plants on the table!

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