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How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving, derived from the combination of the words “friends” and “Thanksgiving”, is essentially a dinner party you have with your friends, neighbors, or co-workers, where you enjoy all of the classic Thanksgiving dishes. Friendsgiving can be in lieu of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the actual holiday, or it can be scheduled for another day. Friendsgiving is a fun way to gather all of the people you are thankful for and share a fun evening with delicious food.

Why Should I Host a Friendsgiving?

Hosting a Friendsgiving gives you the opportunity to gather all of the people you love into your home. You get to share unique recipes and dishes with one another. Many people elect to fly home for just one holiday during the season, so not everyone has the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their family. Friendsgiving allows everyone to participate in a fun dinner, while also reminding them of all of the things and people they are thankful for.

How Can I Host a Friendsgiving?

Hosting a Friendsgiving doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank with expensive grocery store trips! The beauty of Friendsgiving is that each one of your friends is assigned to a dish to bring to the dinner. As the host, traditionally you would make the main course, whether it be a turkey, ham, or whatever your heart desires. This is a fun way to share your recipes and culinary talents with your friends.

Friendsgiving Recipes

These recipes will make your Friendsgiving a night to remember! Depending on the style of your Friendsgiving, you can assign everyone a dish or let them choose based on their culinary expertise. Here are some scrumptious side dishes to add to your Friendsgiving menu!

Homemade Mac and Cheese

This creamy homemade Mac and Cheese has 5 stars and over 2,300 reviews! With a blend of three different cheeses and topped with Panko bread crumbs, this legendary side dish will be a crowd favorite.


Dressing is probably the most popular side dish found on everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner table. This delicious Southern cornbread dressing will be a huge hit at your Friendsgiving. This recipe can easily be adjusted based on the size of your group.

Green Bean Casserole

Squeeze in your daily vegetable serving in a fun way with this crunchy, irresistible green bean casserole. This recipe is simple and extremely budget-friendly. It only requires four basic ingredients!

Crescent Rolls

Thanksgiving would not be complete without some kind of bread. These homemade crescent rolls are buttery and delicious and will bring you right back to your childhood. If you’re in a pinch or have limited resources, store-bought crescent rolls can be substituted.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This sweet potato casserole will be the star of the show if you make it for your Friendsgiving. It is topped with a delectable, crunchy pecan topping. For a fun touch, you could add some mini marshmallows on top!

Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is much tastier than the store-bought options, and it’s so easy to make. It only requires three basic ingredients and it comes out perfect every time. We love how this recipe uses fresh cranberries!

Pumpkin Pie

No Friendsgiving would be complete without a delicious pumpkin pie! Pumpkin pie has been a Thanksgiving dessert staple since the 18th century. This recipe is so simple and you can even make it ahead of time and freeze it!

We hope this guide enables you to host your best Friendsgiving yet! It’s important to surround yourself with those you love during the holiday season. Friendsgiving allows you to celebrate all of the things you’re thankful for, surrounded by great company and delicious food.

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