Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to get your friends together for a Friendsgiving dinner party. Don’t know where to start? Here are our 5 tips for throwing the best Friendsgiving ever!
1. Get Organized
The key to any successful dinner party is a good plan. Get a guest list together, send out an invite, and start compiling a list of what everyone is bringing. Facebook Events and Paperless Post are both super easy ways to do all of this in one place. Guests can get party details, RSVP, and post messages with what they’re bringing for everyone to see, taking the weight of making sure you don’t end up with 25 sweet potato casseroles off of your shoulders.
2. Meal Plan
The food is the star of this show, so this is the next most important part. Hosts usually take care of the turkey, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re making the turkey, we recommend Alton Brown’s recipe for an easy turkey that will impress everyone. Not much of a cook? There are plenty of local places to pick up some delicious Thanksgiving fare. Urban Cookhouse’s Orange Rolls, Saw’s Homewood’s Macaroni & Cheese, any of Bright Star Restaurant’s pies, or some delicate sweets from The Birmingham Candy Company are just a few of our local favorites.
3. Set the Scene
Everyone loves a nice festive environment for the holidays! A table runner and a simple table setting is a great addition to any dinner. Limited space? Buffet style is the way to go! Everything will look great set out, and your guests can easily serve themselves and graze through the night.
4. Pick a Playlist
No party is complete without the right music! Spotify and Pandora have tons of great ready-made playlists, or both will build one for you from a few of your favorite songs. Easy as pie.
5. Have a Signature Cocktail
Your guests should all bring some of their favorite beverages, but who doesn’t love a great boozy holiday drink? This simple Bourbon Apple Cider is a tried and true favorite, or try this Kahlua Pumpkin Scotchie for something a little different.
Armed with these tips, all that you have left to do is have fun! We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, now get out there and celebrate!