This post should really be written by Kelee, my Martha Stewart-esque mother who put together this amazing feast for her first ever Friendsgiving! Alec and I are going to be with his family in Southern California this year but little Keke didn’t want to miss the chance to have a Thanksgiving with us! Honestly, she worked her booty off and the food was stellar, the table was amazing (rip to the cloth napkin that caught on fire though…), and I just want to stay right here and right now in front of all my readers, how thankful I am for such an amazing mom!!
SO here are my tips to have an awesome Friendsgiving/ Thanksgiving:
- Focus your decorating energy on the table. It is 2018 and us millennials take pictures of everything. Photobooths are fun and all but a beautiful tablescape is where all the inevitable meal pictures will take place and where everyone is going to gather together. So don’t stress about having a pumpkin arrangement in the living room or a pilgrim montage in the den….the table is where it’s at.
- Think of what you’re thankful ahead of time haha…idk about you, but we ALWAYS have to go around the table and say what we are thankful for at these events. My mom even had little candles at each place setting to blow out once we said what we were thankful for (are you getting a better idea of how the cloth napkin burned?). But nobody wants to be the person with the lame “what I’m thankful for” answer. Prep, people, prep.
- We have these fun dinner conversation cards that gets everyone talking together instead of people segmenting off and having their own conversations. I mean, you all came together for a party so mine as well all chat together and it helps the more quiet people open up and feel included.
- Be helpful. If you are going over to someone’s home for an event like this where you know they are putting in a lot of time, effort, and money to entertain you and feed your belly, be a helping hand where you can. If they need help still prepping food, get those stirring hands ready to rock. If they need help clearing, don’t let any napkins catch on fire. Also, just do it. Just help. Odds are if you’re like “oh do you need help cleaning the table” they are going to say no and let you enjoy the party but many hands make light work and EVERYBODY appreciates a helping hand sometimes. Also, bringing a hostess gift is a nice gesture too. Something on theme, or some flowers, or a bottle of wine is always a safe go-to!
- Play Heads Up! This is now my go-to party game because you always have your phone with you and there are SO many categories to choose from that there literally is something for everyone. You can choose different decades for grandparents, kids categories, bachelorette party categories for the girls, and like 30 others. It is so fun and interactive and the best party game by far for a diverse crowd.
- And finally, a signature cocktail/ mocktail is a fun idea! Here are two festive recipes for your next thanksgiving get-together:
- 1 ounce Pomegranate juice (POM Wonderful has it in bottles!)
- 1 section of lime juice (see below)
- 2 ounces Gin OR Vodka. I am a fan of the gin option.
- Pomegranate arils (seeds).
- Tonic water.
- Crushed Ice.
Sparkling Berry Apple Mocktail:
- 1/2 oz mixed berry syrup
- 3 oz apple cider
- 3 oz sparkling water