The end of the year marks the beginning of the gathering season. Families find many reasons to get together, almost always around the dinner table enjoying a delicious meal and hearty conversation. The kids travel home for the holidays and grandparents come for an extended visit. People gathering together and giving thanks for family is what Thanksgiving is all about. And for many of us, friends are the family we choose. So we want to spend a little time this season to give thanks for all of the amazing friendships that support us when we can’t be with family.
This November host your own Friendsgiving party with inspiration from the changing colors around you. This less formal celebration has no rules or traditional food options so consider our guide to creating a loving gathering of grateful hearts! Choose a color palette that you love and work with solid and patterned party supplies to build up your aesthetic.
Add a custom flair to an invite to let friends know where and when to gather with seasonal dimensional stickers.
Tip: encourage friends to bring an appetizer or dessert right on the invite so they don’t have to take the additional step to ask.
Start your celebration with a welcoming entry. See how to create a DIY doormat with a special message where they can wipe their feet.
Friendsgiving decorations can come together easily when you take a look around your home, inside and out.
Fallen branches can be repotted in colorful metal tins and decorated to look like their former selves with the help of colorful cardstock leaves. Use foam blocks to keep them in place but cover it up with pinecones or acorns from the yard.
A beautiful frame can be repurposed as custom art created with cardstock. You can never go wrong with sweet phrases of friendship as your party backdrop! Make them stand out with colorful paper fans that match your color palette.
Add a phrase or a single word onto a pumpkin to serve as your table centerpiece. Add a little mood lighting to the table with some orange battery operator tea lights.
You’re already hosting the main meal so lessen the need to do laundry or dishes. Skip the fabric table cloth and add a pop of color with a yellow plastic polka dot style. Layer leaf print plates over orange, lime green and bright blue lunch plates for a colorful spread.
Create placemats from kraft paper and add a leaf accent to match your theme.
Friendsgiving Food and Drink
While your invitation encouraged guests to bring an appetizer or dessert it’s still smart to have a few of your own prepared.
Break out your full collection of wooden cake stands, pie plates or fiesta wear to spark debate on everyone’s favorite pie – pumpkin or apple.
If you don’t have time to bake, hit the local farmer’s market for hot apple cider and donuts.
Use chocolate to “glue” together Hershey Kisses and Nutter Butter Cookies to make delicious acorns.
Give these royal icing fall cookies a try, mixing in plenty of friendly words and beautiful swirled roses.
Grab a bag of autumn mix candy corn for those who have a craving for sweets that only candy can quench!
Add a vinyl word to your wine goblets to and lift it for a round of cheers around your Friendsgiving table.
On a day all about friendship and giving thanks, take time to state your gratitude out loud or in the form of a thankful pumpkin. This Friendsgiving version of the guest book is easy to put together as it only requires a real or fake pumpkin and a Sharpie marker. Encourage guests to leave their mark on who or what they are thankful for on this special day.
We bet friends will just be happy to bring a doggie bag of food or desserts from your Friendsgiving party. Go out of your way to make a few extra royal icing cookies you can send home with friends.
Add these free printables as gift tags to make them extra special.