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Friendsgiving Dinner Ideas

While Thanksgiving Day is spent with close family and loved ones, Friendsgiving is growing in popularity across the county. Friendsgiving is a stress-free, family-free gathering of friends who come together to spend time together before the crazy, busy holiday season. Friendsgiving is the perfect way to cherish your amazing friendships and the people who make them possible. And, who doesn’t love Thanksgiving food enough to have it twice during the holidays?

If you are in charge of hosting your Friendsgiving and are putting together a menu, fear not! We have the best Friendsgiving dinner ideas, so you can have a stress-free get together. Take a look at our Friendsgiving party ideas and be on your way to eating, drinking, and making memories with your closest friends.

Friendsgiving Decorations & Special Party Ideas

One of the first steps to planning your Friendsgiving party is to decide where your party will be held, so you can start planning the Friendsgiving decorations.

There’s lots of ways to put a unique spin on traditional Thanksgiving decorations. Consider displaying your favorite pictures of you and your friends on a table along with candles and twinkle lights.

No Friendsgiving is complete without fall themed decorations. Choose a beautiful fall arrangement for your dining room, dress up your front porch with mums and florals, and create a cute bar area with pumpkins, pine cones or a cornucopia basket.

Add some fun activities, like a Friendsgiving themed photobooth or ask your friends to write down what they are thankful for on a piece of paper and display them throughout your home or near a bar cart.

When setting your Friendsgiving table, opt for fall colored chargers or pretty placements, and don’t forget the champagne flutes and wine glasses! To set the mood, make a great playlist for both cocktail hour and dinner!

Preparing Friendsgiving Appetizers

Preparing Friendsgiving appetizers can be just as exciting as the main event! We love a good vegetable tray, cheese and cracker spread, and shrimp cocktail, but encourage you to think outside the box as well. Try stuffed peppadews, mini crab cakes, or tuna tartare.

At Deborah Miller Catering, the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Some of our most popular items include steak frites with potato onion cake and a horseradish cream, as well as Chianti Braised Short Ribs, with frizzled shallots and polenta. We love figuring out how to create tasty appetizers that fit.

Planning your Friendsgiving Dinner Menu

While Turkey is the obvious choice for a main course, you’ll certainly want to ask your friends if they have any dietary restrictions and prepare accordingly with vegan or vegetarian options. At Deborah Miller Catering, we can cater to any dietary restrictions, and have special dishes for your vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian friends. Try our Quinoa Salad, Moroccan Chickpea Salad, or tasty Southwestern Black Bean Salad.

As far as Friendsgiving side options, you might want to stick to the basics and serve gravy, stuffing, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce. When it comes choosing a potato dish, the possibilities are endless. Mashed potatoes, scalloped, and even sweet potatoes are all crowd pleasers. Or, you can roast up some butternut squash and pair it with Brussel sprouts, pecans, and cranberries.

Although you’re sticking to basic Friendsgiving dishes, it’s a great idea to add some elements of surprise to your Friendsgiving dinner menu. Try adding kale salad with a warm cranberry almond vinaigrette, Brussel sprouts with pine nuts, and green beans with almonds instead of the traditional green bean casserole.

Pairing Dinner and Appetizers with Special Friendsgiving Cocktails

A Friendsgiving celebration isn’t complete without a cocktail bar! At Deborah Miller Catering, we love creating one special fall drink to serve. Lately, we have been loving our Apple Cider Sangria, which features fresh apples, oranges, lemon juice, apple cider and brandy. You can create the perfect bar cart with red and white wine and a selection of your favorite spirits like vodka, gin, and tequila, and don’t forgot to include some mixers like tonic, soda, and orange juice, as well as some pre-cut garnishes like lemons, limes, and olives!

And, for those who don’t drink, treat your guests to some delicious hot apple cider from the crockpot. Add in some cinnamon sticks and orange slices and not only will it taste good, but it will make your house smell amazing!

Delicious Friendsgiving Dessert Ideas

If you love traditional Thanksgiving desserts, like pumpkin and apple pie, why not put a twist on the classics to make your Friendsgiving party extra special? Try pumpkin cheesecake or a pumpkin trifle, serve up a candy bar with some special sugar cookies.

Hate baking or simply don’t have time? Don’t stress! At Deborah Miller Catering, we offer an array of homemade sweets, like our party trays of freshly baked cookies, brownies, and dessert bars, or beautiful Tiramisu or Strawberry Shortcakes in mason jars. We can customize a sweets menu to your specific needs and can even provide custom print cookies, mini biscotti to pair with your after-dinner coffee, and French Macarons! 

Leave the Catering & Planning to the Deborah Miller Catering Team in NYC

The holidays are stressful enough. Why not take one thing off your plate and leave the catering to the team at Deborah Miller Catering. With our custom menus, we can plan the perfect Friendsgiving menu, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and spend time with your friends. We source local and seasonal ingredients and hold each dish to the highest standard. Learn more about our custom catering menus and get in touch with us today to start planning your festive Friendsgiving dinner.

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