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Friendsgiving Checklist: Essentials for a Memorable Celebration

7 Nov 2023

Friendsgiving, that sweet mash-up of "friends" and "Thanksgiving," has charmed its way into the hearts of many, bringing pals together for a feast of gratitude and laughter. Unlike the more formal Thanksgiving affairs with the fam, Friendsgiving sets the stage for a relaxed and joy-filled gathering. If you've taken on the role of hosting this year's Friendsgiving feast, you're in for a memorable experience. To ensure everything runs smoothly and that your guests have a fantastic time, it's essential to have a Friendsgiving checklist. In this guide, we'll cover all the essentials you need to host a successful Friendsgiving celebration, from planning and preparation to the feast itself. Let's dive into the ultimate Friendsgiving Checklist for a gathering that your friends will talk about for years to come!

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1. Friendsgiving Checklist: The Planning 

Choose a Date and Time

     [  ] Select a date and time that works for all your guests. Send out some cute custom invitations well in advance, allowing everyone to mark their calendars.

Create a Guest List

   [  ] Determine the number of guests you can comfortably accommodate and make a list of friends you'd like to invite. 

Theme and Decorations

   [  ] Decide on a theme for your Friendsgiving celebration. This could be as simple as autumnal colors or as creative as a favorite movie or TV show theme. Once you've chosen a theme, start planning your decorations. You can order customized decor from For Your Party to make your gathering truly special. You’ll definitely need plenty of personalized plates and custom napkins

Menu Planning

   [  ] The food is the star of any Friendsgiving celebration. Collaborate with your guests to ensure a variety of dishes. Make a list of who's bringing what, and then create custom menus with all the dishes to keep everything organized (plus they’ll look great at each place setting!). 


   [  ] Alongside your food menu, remember to plan a selection of beverages. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic options like sparkling water or juice can cater to everyone's tastes. You’ll also need some custom cups that will make cleanup a breeze (and will look cute while doing it). 


   [  ] Plan some activities or games to keep your guests entertained. Board games, charades, or create your own game using our game napkins for a fun activity that everyone can join in on!

2. Friendsgiving Checklist: The Prep

Cooking Schedule

   [  ] A few days before Friendsgiving, create a schedule outlining when each dish should be prepped and cooked. This will help you stay organized and ensure everything is served hot and fresh.

Cleaning and Set-Up

   [  ] Clean your home thoroughly and set up your dining area with all the necessary tableware, decorations, and seating arrangements. For a special touch, try personalized party favors and place cards.

Delegate Responsibilities

   [  ] Feel free to reach out to your friends for assistance with setting up, adding creative touches, or even prepping delicious dishes. Sharing responsibilities can make the process smoother and more enjoyable for everyone (plus, you get to spend more time together!). 

3. Friendsgiving Checklist: The Essentials

Tableware and Servingware

   [  ] Ensure you have enough plates, utensils, glasses, and serving dishes for all your guests. You can choose stylish and personalized tableware to add a unique touch to your Friendsgiving table.


   [  ] Craft a tablescape that complements your selected theme. Whether you opt for dinner napkins adorned with autumn flowers or go with a punny Thanksgiving motif, your table can set the tone for your event.


   [  ] Prepare a playlist of music that suits the ambiance you want to create or have all of your friends create a playlist together for a mix that will set the mood. 


   [  ] Adjust the lighting to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. String lights, fairy lights, or candles can provide a warm and intimate feel to your gathering (don’t forget your custom matches too!). 

4. Friendsgiving Checklist: The Feast


   [  ] Start your Friendsgiving with a selection of appetizers to keep your guests satisfied while the main course is being prepared.

Turkey or Main Dish

   [  ] The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast is the turkey or the main dish. Roast it to perfection and let it be the star of the show.

Side Dishes

   [  ] Traditional side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are essential. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite sides to add variety.


   [  ] Don't forget the desserts! Pumpkin pie, apple crisp, or any of your favorite sweet treats will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.

The best part…Leftovers

   [  ] Prepare goodie bags for your guests to take home leftovers.

As you kick off your Friendsgiving, just remember it's all about celebrating friendship, appreciation, and some seriously good food. With this Friendsgiving checklist, you'll be all set to throw a memorable and fun get-together. From the initial planning to the feast itself, each step plays a big role in creating a cozy and inviting vibe for your friends. With the right prep and a bit of attention to detail, your Friendsgiving is on track to become an awesome annual tradition that your buddies eagerly await every year. Be sure to capture some photos and tag us in your Friendsgiving posts so that we can see how you've made this year's celebration extra special @foryourparty. Cheers to an amazing Friendsgiving bash!

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