With Thanksgiving just around the corner, consider hosting a Friendsgiving. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and test out your TGivs recipes before the BIG day. Plus, for some people their friends are their family. I wanted to share my have tips and tricks to make it the best holiday yet!
- Delegate – Your friends are dying to show off their famous, award-winning side dish, so LET THEM! Ask them to send you the recipe before hand so you can create some recipe cards for everyone to take home.
- PLUS, there are tons of stores that are willing to do all the work for you. Last night I had a delicious Diestel Turkey dinner**** from Raley’s and it was delicious!! (Full review coming soon!) It went in at 4:30 PM instead of AM. Took all the guess work out of it.
- Do as much as possible in Advance – I have a few “old trustees” that I love to make for any special occasion: Squash Gratin (recipe below) and Mom’s Cranberry Sauce. These are great because you can make them in advance and have them ready to be popped into the over at any temp to warm through in the case of the gratin.
- Let’s start with Gratitude Rolls. These are just crescent rolls with a sentiment of gratitude all rolled up. I used parchment paper and a food safe pen and wrote down a few things I’m thankful for Be sure to tell your guests there’s a note in there! You could ask your guests to send you something they are thankful for in advance, then at dinner your guests can guess who said what.
- Also, a Signature Cocktail is always a hit! There are so many great ones all over Pinterest. I chose to do a spin on the gin and tonic. It has a cranberry-thyme simple syrup added to it to really celebrate the season. Make a cute and appropriate name to doll it up a bit: Thankful Tonic.
- Headdresses as place cards – Have the kids work on arranging the feathers and you or an older child can add a strip of hot glue to secure. These are adorable place cards. You could make the headband larger if you want the kids to use them as a toy as well.
- Collect Nature – Send those little turkeys outside! Ask them to collect things they think are beautiful, including some fall leaves.
- Runner – Roll out some craft paper and let the kids go HAM on it with paint. Then grab those leaves the kids collected, paint them gold or whatever color you or they like and make an imprint on the craft paper. Roll that paper out and sprinkle some of the beautiful nature items the kids brought in. Viola! Instant tablescape! The kiddos will be so proud!
- To-Gos – After the meal you don’t want to have a too-full fridge with more food than you can ever consume, so plan in advance to send your guests on their way with lunch for tomorrow in the form of leftovers. I used a plain bag and plain to-go containers from Michaels and had the kids use their thimbs to make a turkey. Add a thank you note, your recipes, your friends recipes, and the leftovers.
After all this, your friends will be asking to come over for every holiday! XOXO A
- 2 cups Butternut Squash, diced
- 2 cups Acorn Squash, diced
- 1 cup chopped fennel
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1TB butter
- 8 oz mascarpone
- 8 oz shredded havarti
- S&P to taste
Cook the squash in batches in the microwave in a sealed container with 1 TB water, set aside. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and fennel and cook until the vegetables are tender, set aside. In a large bowl mix together the squash, the fennel and onion, and the cheese – stir together. Place in a buttered dish and cook at 400° until the mixture is bubbly. Here’s the link to see the food and cocktail segment here and the craft segment here.
****I received a free Diestel Turkey Dinner and $20 off coupon from Raley’s Family of Fine Stores in exchange for my review. My opinions are my own.