Hosting a Friendsgiving celebration outside. |Caitlin Houston, special to the Record-Journal

Five tips on how to host Friendsgiving

Five tips on how to host Friendsgiving

Today I’m excited to share 5 tips for hosting a Friendsgiving outside.

Friendsgiving can be celebrated any day, any time of year, but most gatherings take place in November, particularly the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

Choose a color scheme

There are so many different color schemes when it comes to decorating a Friendsgiving table. From traditional Thanksgiving prints to foliage inspired patterns to natural elements, the options are endless. We chose a very neutral color scheme with natural elements.

The Christmas Tree Shops offer a variety of harvest inspired options for decorating a fall table. There are tablecloths, table runners, cloth napkins, paper napkins, and tabletop decorations. You can check out the website for inspiration. They have an ever changing assortment that varies by store.

Design your place settings

There is something so wonderful about sitting at a table with a place set just for you!  The white dishes stand out against the beautiful orange fabric napkins and natural kumquats from a backyard tree.

Personalize the place setting

Monogram a mini faux pumpkin using permanent marker and write your guests initials on pumpkin wine glasses (they can take home!).

Set your Menu

Friendsgiving does not have to be a four course meal – I say you should serve what’s easiest! Less time in the kitchen means more time with your friends.

I love a good charcuterie board and hearty soup when I’m dining with a group of people. They are casual dishes, easy to eat while socializing, and simple to prepare.

Other easy menu ideas for Friendsgiving: Potluck (everyone brings a dish), order your favorite Takeout from a local restaurant, pasta!

Unless you live in a climate that’s frigid during November, there are plenty of ways around the cooler temperatures. Dress for the occasion, provide blankets for your guests, or light a bonfire.

Lastly, HAVE FUN!

Friendsgiving should be far from stressful. It’s a time when friends come together to celebrate and show gratification for the friendship.

Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.

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