While it may not be an actual holiday, Friendsgiving could arguably be just as fun as the real Thanksgiving. While you could just have a sit-down dinner at someone’s house, throwing a party might be what you need to make your annual get-together even more of a good time than it already is.
Start by picking out a unique and creative theme. There are no rules here, so take the opportunity to do something totally unexpected. Save the formal dinner for your family and opt for a costume party. Food is obviously a focal point of this occasion, but that doesn’t mean you have to prepare turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes twice in one month. Instead, you could serve a variety of favorite dishes, stick to crowd-pleasers like hot dogs and BBQ or save yourself the hassle and hire a caterer to do the full Thanksgiving spread. Another fun option is a dessert table. Rather than going with the signature pumpkin pie, set up a spread with mini versions of classic fall sweets. That way, everyone gets a taste of everything!
Hiring live music might be the perfect finishing touch if your guest list is large, but if you’re keeping your Friendsgiving small and intimate, you may be able to get away with streaming music yourself (or even skipping it altogether if the focal point of your event is food and conversation). Entertainment also depends on whether or not you want your soiree to extend beyond a meal. Whether you’re thinking big or small, traditional or unconventional, these Friendsgiving party themes are an instant win.
If it isn’t Friendsgiving to you without a sit-down dinner, turn your venue into a vintage railway. Channel the golden age of rail travel with scenic wall decor, old-world table settings and a classic American meal. Then, ask your guests to dress in their most glamorous ensembles. For music, you can’t go wrong with a jazz ensemble.
Bring everyone’s favorite computer game to life. This theme takes everything to the next level with an interactive party. Have guests dress up as their chosen occupation, then mark their journey with game cues. Write out fates for their characters and have guests pick them out of a hat. By the end of the party, you’ll find out who survives.
If an outdoor venue is an option, take your Friendsgiving cowboy-style with a rodeo filled with wagon wheel motifs, bandanas and cowboy hats. Hire a country band, serve up BBQ fare, like corn on the cob and hot dogs, and for entertainment, you can’t go wrong with lawn games.
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