November 14, 2018

The Best Friendsgiving Ideas

From us and around the Internet...

Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There’s something about all coming together with people you love over a large meal and no other obligations aside from cooking and eating. There is no religious affiliation with it, and no gifts are needed, so it’s really just a stress free fun time and it’s something we look forward to every single year.

What is Friendsgiving?

And beyond actual Thanksgiving, the idea of Friendsgiving is something we’ve certainly gotten on board with. Put simply, Friendsgiving is when you celebrate Thanksgiving around the time of the actual holiday (sometimes on the day of) among friends, and oftentimes it’s less “formal” than actual Thanksgiving.

This year we went with a rainbow theme as you can see, and we were thrilled to partner with our friend Beth of Manor where all the gorgeous velvet pumpkins and colorful pumpkin placemats are from.

Now, keep on reading for all the best Friendsgiving ideas from us and around the Internet…theme ideas, decor ideas, and more!

The 11 Best Friendsgiving Ideas From Us and Around the Internet

1. Rainbow Inspired

You know we love rainbows, and there’s no need to keep your Friendsgiving celebration neutral. When we discovered these velvet pumpkins from Manor we knew we wanted to do something special with them. They created the perfect centerpiece for the table among coordinating colored wooden pumpkin placemats.

2. Pop Art Inspired

We took our first stab at Friendsgiving last year, and it was pop art inspired. Of course, there was lots of color and also many fun elements, which you can read all about here.

3. Bountiful Balloons

You know second to rainbows would have to be balloons for us. In fact, they are a close tie in our book. What could possibly be more fun than a balloon centerpiece and a balloon filled room? (Sugar & Cloth)

4. “Friends” Themed

If we had to bet, most of your guests know and loved the show “Friends,” so why not make it the theme of the night. Nostalgia will certainly ensue! (Food Network)

5. Game Night

Get your friends excited for a night that will go well beyond when the meal ends. Keep the drinks flowing, grab some dessert, and go sit around your living room and play all the games(Brit + Co)

6. Pajama Party

Nothing is cozier than a night spent in pajamas, especially when surrounded by great food, friends, and drinks. Make it a pajama party and have the most relaxing, enjoyable night. (The Ivory Lane)

7. Plentiful Pies

Make pie the center of attention by having a pie bar and encouraging all your friends to bring their favorite flavor of pie (homemade or store bought!). (The Dating Divas)

8. Pom Pom Adorned

And following balloons would have to be pom poms. Because pom poms simply make us smile. (Studio DIY)

9. Potluck

And, of course, quite possibly the easiest (and most fun!) way to host Friendsgiving is to make it a potluck style meal. Either assign dishes to each of your guests or have them choose what they’d like to bring, and everyone gets to enjoy a delicious and unique spread(Whole Foods Market)

10. Pretty Pastels

If you’re looking for a softer take on all things colorful, opt for a pastel scheme and fill the table with soft hues and beautiful accessories(Aww Sam)

11. Tea Party

Grab some new mugs and an array of teas and make your Friendsgiving a tea party! In keeping with coziness, sipping a hot drink in a warm home is pretty much what fall dreams are made of. (Camille Styles)

A few more things

1. Will you be hosting or going to a Friendsgiving meal this year? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

2. Are these cooler temperatures making you want to stock up on cozy sweaters? Make sure to check out our cozy sweater round up here.

3. Have a great day!


  1. Marci says:

    Cute party! What is the green dress you’re wearing?

    1. Thanks so much, Marci! We had fun with it.

      You know, it’s a couple years old and I’m not sure. Let me check!

  2. Jenny says:

    Celebrating Thanksgiving abroad and missing our annual Friendsgiving so this warms my heart and inspires me. So grateful for you Carrie!

    1. We miss you so much, Jenny!!!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing our ideas!

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