Of all the parties I threw in Austin, Friendsgiving was probably my favorite. Gathering in my apartment with a dozen or so of my people + appreciating our friendships was a great experience. There were great people, good conversation, and killer sangria. All this was complemented by a prefect-crafted Friendsgiving menu. While many dishes were delegated, I made sure we hit all the basic for a complete Thanksgiving feast. Check out the tips below to create your own Friendsgiving menu.
Before we dive into the food, make sure you’re ready for the meal. You need enough platters + utensils to serve all the yumminess coming your way. Check out my post on throwing the perfect dinner party to find out what you’ll need. A hostess pro-tip: buy cheap Tupperware from Target (get 12 for $4) or the Dollar Store so your friends are able to take home some leftovers. They get another meal out of it + you don’t waste all that food because you can’t finish it on your own. It’s a win-win.
First things first, the meat. Depending on the size of your event, you can certainly prep a whole turkey + shine like the star you are. However, with so much food, I found it easier to just buy a turkey breast + roast it. It was much less work + cooked much faster. I also bought an adorable mini ham because, in the Faulk house, we do both. I don’t worry too much about vegans + vegetarians at Thanksgiving since there are plenty of sides they can fill up on.
Sides are where things really get serious. My advice to you is to write down the sides you cannot live without. Give yourself the task to make your favorite side + delegate easier ones to friends who you know are up to the task. You can’t handle an entire Friendsgiving menu on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. For me, that sacred side is corn casserole. I made it for my work Thanksgiving this year + it was a huge hit! I follow this recipe.
Another side I made myself was a Thanksgiving side kebob! I combined a few different classics + stuck them on a skewer together to make the food a little more accessible + easier to eat. My kebobs consisted of red potatoes, green beans, and sweet potatoes. OF course, I still had a sweet potato casserole, because duh.
The final side Personally, I would undertake are mashed potato bites. Sure, you can easily have someone bring in mashed potatoes, but if you have a Monica Geller-complex as I do, you have to be the queen of your own Friendsgiving menu (#sorrynotsorry). These bites are super easy to make even if you are lazy.
- Step 1: Make roughly 2 cups of mashed potatoes mashed potatoes – I made instant.
- Step 2: Mix in half a cup of sour cream half a cup of bacon bits. Add a dash of salt.
- Step 3: Spoon mixture into mini cupcake pan + smush down with a slight indent in the top. Add cheese to that dent.
- Step 4: Bake at 350º for 12 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and potatoes start to firm.
- Step 5: Let cool in pan then spoon out + serve!
Once you decide what sides you’re going to make, delegate the rest. People should make the sides they know they love on turkey day, but as a general rule here are the other sides you should farm out: cranberry sauce, dressing, deviled eggs, and some type of bread like a crescent or dinner roll.
Desserts + Drinks
There is no Thanksgiving without dessert. Everyone has a favorite pie whether it is pumpkin, pecan, cherry, etc. I’m a pumpkin girl, myself. One way to spice it up + safe space with a big group is to make mini pies! One large pie can only serve so many people, but with mini pies, everyone gets their own + can try as mini as they please. This is a great recipe miniature pumpkin pies to add to your Friendsgiving menu.
The final thing any great Friendsgiving menu has is drinks! An assortment of fall beers + vodka cranberries are a good start, but I like to have a specialty drink everyone can enjoy. My favorite fall drink to make is a cranberry apple cider sangria. This recipe is super easy + fast to put together while seeming fancy + complicated. Check out the recipe below + make your own this Thanksgiving!
Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria
Spice up your fall gathering with a sangria fit for the season. This Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria is perfect for any Friendsgiving, bonfire, or tailgate. The best part – no overnight soaking required!
- 1 bottle Red Wine I used Red Velvet Cupcake
- 3 cups Apple Cider soft
- 1 cup unsweetened Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 cup Triple Sec
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 cup Frozen Cranberries fresh works, too
- 1 quart Sparkling Water
- 1 cup Diced Apples
- Cinnamon Sticks to garnish
Combine wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, and triple sec into a pitcher.
Mix in honey until dissolved.
Add cranberries and diced apples.
Serve over ice and top off with sparkling water. Add a cinnamon stick as a garnish.
Hopefully, you now have plenty of ideas to create the perfect Friendsgiving menu for you. Happy Turkey Day, everybody!