4 Fabulous Friendsgiving Food Ideas

Friendsgiving is a holiday that incorporates everyone’s favorite things: friends, food, and Thanksgiving! This unofficial holiday offers a ton of flexibility in terms of when it’s celebrated (anytime in November), and what type of food is served. If you plan to host Friendsgiving this year, we’ve got some tips and Friendsgiving food ideas to help get you started. 

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Before you even think about a menu, start your celebration off on the right foot with gorgeous Friendsgiving invitations you can customize and send from any digital device. Personalize your favorite Friendsgiving invitation, send by text or email, and gather RSVPs in minutes. 

Let’s take a look at Friendsgiving menu ideas your guests are sure to love.

1. Potluck It Up!

One of the best parts of Friendsgiving is that each guest can bring a little taste of their home to your house. As much as you love Aunt Mary’s famous pumpkin pie, sometimes it’s nice to try something new!

Encourage guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving recipe and easily track who’s making what with a Potluck Tool. The Potluck Tool lets guests write in their contribution or hosts can specify what they’d like each person to bring. Either way, hosts can ensure that there are enough appetizers, main dishes, drinks, and desserts for everyone.

2. Embrace Non-Thanksgiving Foods

Who says you need turkey and stuffing for your Friendsgiving celebration? This is the perfect opportunity to try new and different foods. Whether it’s the latest food craze on TikTok or a fun twist on a traditional Thanksgiving meal (Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos, anyone?), don’t be afraid to expand your palette a bit. Get guests to participate, too: encourage them to flex their culinary muscles and bring a dish they’ve never tried before. 

3. Host a Brunch

Another unique and fun way to celebrate Friendsgiving is with a yummy brunch. Hosts can put an autumnal spin on traditional brunch menu items and serve dishes that incorporate seasonal flavors like Pumpkin French Toast Casserole, Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Quiche, and Apple Cider Mimosas.

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Another perk with a Friendsgiving brunch is that it doesn’t have to be a formal, sit-down meal. To encourage grazing, incorporate plenty of easy-to-grab foods like muffins, scones, fruit, bagels, cheese, and crackers.

4. Get it Catered

Let’s face it: hosting a gathering – no matter what the size – can be a lot of work. The whole point of Friendsgiving is to spend time with your best buds and have a good time. With this in mind, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having someone else prepare the food for you. This allows you and your guests to relax and spend time catching up instead of stressing (and it’s worth mentioning that clean up is a breeze with a catered event!).

There are plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and catering companies that offer drop-off, to-go, and pick-up options for your Friendsgiving meal. Be sure to check out reviews online, pricing, and get a final headcount from guests before you place your order. 

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Incorporate these Friendsgiving ideas into your celebration for a menu your guests will remember for years to come. Happy Friendsgiving!

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