While we love the traditional Thanksgiving meal as much as the next, why have one celebration when you can have two? Pier 1 Imports and Chef’d agree—in the weeks before Thanksgiving each year, we like to host a lively Friendsgiving dinner, invite our pals over to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company. Keep reading to get the skinny on throwing a Friendsgiving of your own with Pier 1 party essentials.
5 Steps to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving
Hosting an event can be quite stressful, but with the right plan in place, you can shine as the hostess with the mostess every time. Follow these five simple steps to host the ultimate Friendsgiving this year.
Step #1: Don’t Go Overboard on the Guest List
The holiday season is one of the best times to reconnect with your loved ones and friends. While you may want to invite everyone to your fun Friendsgiving party, think about what both you and your space can actually manage.
Keeping the guest list in a manageable range will save you loads of time, energy, and stress on the big day. With too many people, you won’t be able to enjoy the company that you have. Deciding this before you start nailing down the menu is a great way to set your expectations and host a successful event.
Step #2: Plan & Prep the Menu
Now that the guest list is defined, you can start thinking about the main attraction—the food.
Do you want to cook it all? Is a buffet style easier? Now’s the time to decide.
We suggest hosting a buffet style dinner for your Friendsgiving. Not only does this take stress off of your plate, but it also lets you experience the holiday in a whole new way. By asking friends to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, you can try new flavors and learn new traditions, creating a more intimate event.
To master the art of a buffet style menu, it’s crucial to have proper serving ware at the ready. Our proud partner Pier 1 has created an entire collection of Thanksgiving inspired serving ware and flatware to help you serve up delicious foods in style. Check them out here.
Step #3: Don’t Forget About the Beverages
While Thanksgiving is the food holiday, you can’t forget about the beverages!
To fit your buffet-style theme, try setting up a drink station. Gather your favorite spirits, sparkling waters, and other holiday beverages on a stylish bar cart with cups, straws, and coasters to let your guests create their own cocktails for the evening.
This piece of furniture is not only functional but also adds a hint of glam to your home without making too much of a statement. Your guests will appreciate your offering and you won’t have to play bartender all night—win, win.
Step #4: Set the Table
This is one of our favorite parts about Thanksgiving. Setting the table sets the scene for your night of fun. Using holiday-inspired decor, creating personalized name cards, and breaking out your special-occasion flatware makes the night feel like more than just a dinner with friends.
Step #5: Enjoy Yourself!
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! The whole point of Friendsgiving is to relax and enjoy the company of the people that mean the most to you. While you may be running around making sure everyone is well fed and happy, don’t forget to take a second to enjoy all that you have created.
Start Planning Your Friendsgiving Now
To start creating the ultimate Friendsgiving, start shopping our ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal kits! We’ll send you everything you need to create a delicious feast from start to finish. No matter if you’re hosting or attending a Friendsgiving party, you’re sure to impress your loved ones with one of our dishes. Don’t worry, you can take all the credit.