Thanksgiving is a holiday that is very much anchored in tradition — a turkey dinner, football games for all those inclined, gossip and glasses of wine for the rest. It’s a total classic! But, if there’s anything I love to do, it’s take classic ideas and turn them on their heads.
This year, I’m not limiting my celebrations to one overstuffed Thursday evening. I want to host celebrations all week long, for family AND friends. But to give the turkey (and our tummies) a little rest, I’m switching up the themes and going for some unexpected, but still uber festive soirees.
Check out these three ideas and get inspired to reinvent Friendsgiving and make the holiday completely your own. It’s never too late to start a new tradition! Especially if that tradition involves friends, alcohol, and shameless feasting. Count me in!
Set It: These DIY plates and place settings from Making Lemonade are just the classy, yet cute touch a Friendsgiving brunch party calls for. Plus, you can customize your message to the size of your plate, or even do different designs or sayings on platters throughout the event depending on how many courses you’re serving (or how many seconds you expect people to come back for!)
Bake It: Just because you’re customizing Thanksgiving flavors into brunch foods doesn’t mean you have to nix the pie! As this darling dessert from Frites & Fries says, Eat Pie for Breakfast. I mean, why not? I love the idea of using stencils to scribble a special message or design on your pie, as well.
Drink It: What’s brunch (or breakfast … or life, really) without mimosas? Welcome friends to the party with a homemade mimosa bar, like this one seen at DesignLoveFest. Tailor the juice flavors to the season and offer options like a spicy apple cider, pomegranate juice, or even something with cranberries!
Vibe: Exotic and unexpected, yet cheeky and on point in pop culture. Bright colors like magentas, burnt orange, and marigold yellow offset by neutrals like rope or wood. Eating clever representations of Thanksgiving flavors in Mexican dishes like turkey tacos or pumpkin salsa.
Style It: Cacti, succulents, and Spanish-influenced fabrics make for a vibrant and lively centerpiece for your Friendsgiving fiesta. This arrangement, photographed by Luna Photo, as seen on Style Me Pretty, is great inspiration for a table runner that is both organic and inviting.
Say It: Studio DIY‘s decor is totally on point for your Taco-giving. If there was ever a time to spell out a special party message in balloons, this would be it! I love the gold, but how amazing would this look in copper, or even a metallic maroon?
Eat It: If ground turkey tacos aren’t your idea of a good time, or you’re looking to expand your menu, check out Half Baked Harvest‘s recipe for Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos with Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa. Can you say YUM … in Spanish? (No, but really … how do you say yum in Spanish?!)
Netflix & Chill Friendsgiving
Vibe:Girls night in, or day in, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or classic holiday movies on TV or Netflix. Throw blankets and cushions on the floor, finger food, appetizers, popcorn and layered decor to create warmth and coziness.
Arrange It: Comfort is key, here, so don’t be afraid to pile up those pillows and futons into a veritable fort! This set-up from DesignLoveFest is a great way to incorporate a table into all of the cushions, so you can eat while you watch.
Package It: Whenever there is a movie or TV marathon going on, popcorn is a MUST. But, for Friendsgiving, get into the holiday spirit with this DIY from One Charming Party and put all your snacks into an adorable paper bag turkey!
Snack It: Since this is Friendsgiving, and food is central to the celebrations, popcorn can’t be the only thing on the menu! This recipe for Cranberry and Rosemary spread from Life’s Ambrosia would be delicious on crackers, providing another fall-flavored finger food your guests will surely love.