Three top tips to hosting a memorable friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is a celebration of friendship and a time we spend with our second family: our go-to pals and our right-hand buddies. Whether it’s the usual cozy event that’s a shared effort to accomplish the good ol’ potluck dinner or you’re the host, planner and cook this year — Friendsgiving is all about creating memories among your circle of friends, indulging in yummy foods and taking the best Instagram photos that’ll file under your group’s holiday hashtag. 

Don’t go soft this year, go hard. For the ultimate Friendsgiving, be sure to have the following: 

Something beautiful

At any Friendsgiving, your buds should walk into your space in awe. They should get the urge to pull their phones out and snap pictures of all the work you’ve done. We’re talking personalized table setting, a lovely food spread,  wall decor like this super cute DIY sequin banner and a dope backdrop, like this one. 

Something fun

What is a celebration without games? What’s a good night without laughter? Both of these should be a priority for Friendsgiving. Create a list of games to play and get the supplies you need. Our favorites are What Do You Meme?, Heads Up! and this fall-inspired, DIY Tic Tac Toe

Make your friends laugh as soon as they walk  in with this hilarious idea: Turning their place cards into known meme faces like the success kid or crying Michael Jordan. Thanks, Thrillist. 

Something warm

Compliment cool fall weather (or in our case, this season’s refreshing breeze) with a warm, decadent dessert. The smell of something sweet right out of the oven will send everyone home happy. 

Pie is a traditional, crowd-pleasing dish but skip store-bought and either bake your own or call Anna Kae of Love Well Kitchen. It’s her favorite thing to make and she is just as thoughtful in the preparation as she is in the presentation. Flavors include Salted Honey, Vanilla Caramel Apple, Butterscotch Gingersnap, Black Bottom Oat and more. You can order yours for $35 here.


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