1. If you are the host, it's an excuse to dress up a table with twine, burlap, and mason jars and have cute little turkey pine cones with the guests names. All the necessities, of course.

the "calm" food table before the storm...

2. You can deep fry a turkey outside in your front yard and your neighbors will commend you for your efforts! PS-Deep frying is the way to go people. Only took an hour and a half!

3. Your husband/boyfriend will get so excited about deep fried turkey that he will randomly break into dance with you in the kitchen, and throw some smooches your way.

4. To practice making your favorite dishes so you're prepared for your actual thanksgiving, and at the same time look like a pro chef to your family members. See also: sweet potato casserole (my fav fav fav!) is WAY too good to only have once a year.

5. You can eat as much as you want and no one will judge you

{the desserts: mini apple pies, pecan bars, pilgrim cookies. the trifle is consists of gingerbread, pumpkin mousse, and whipped cream. It is as good as it looks...}
Similar recipe for trifle: here

6. Make memories with your closest friends

7. The top reason? to celebrate thanksgiving more than one day a year.

We had an absolute blast at our first annual Friendsgiving. Highly recommend starting this with your friends! After we were all done eating, we played apples to apples while our stomach's settled, so that we were able to fully enjoy 21 pieces of dessert. Not sure if it worked though because we were all laughing so hard during the game!

Also, I was in charge of the green bean casserole and I also did a salad for everyone. Who wants the deets and the recipe? Here goes...

Arugula with Pomegranates, Blue Cheese, 
and Pistachio's:
recipe via the lovely Skinny Taste

+4 cups arugula 
+1/2 cup pomegranate arils from POM Wonderful
+1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (feel free to use any cheese you like!)
+2 tbls pistachio's, shelled

Pomegranate Vinaigrette-
+1 tsp POM Wonderful pomegranate juice 
+1 tsp balsamic vinegar
+2 tsp EVOO
+salt and fresh pepper

Whisk vinegar, pomegranate juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Place arugula on two plates, top with blue cheese, pomegranates, pistachio's, and vinaigrette.

If you've had or been to a Friendsgiving before, what was your favorite part?!

What did you make?


  1. ummm that trifle looks SOOO good! and your salad and well everything looks delish! looks like a fun time with good friends :)

  2. We just hosted a Friendsgiving this weekend too. Someone brought Eggnog pie! Highly suggest it. Sadly, not homemade, but it's from Target!


  3. This is so great. I love celebrating Thanksgiving more than once! Great post :) xo


  4. So cute!! And such a good idea..looks like y'all had a blast!! One question....where did you get your trifle bowl? I'm desperately in need of one before Thursday...

  5. Loved this!! I had a "friendsgiving" on Sunday with my college roommates and some other friends. I had a blast. It will definitely be my new tradition.


  6. Fun! I had a friendsgiving last Friday night and it was a lot of fun! :))

  7. Waaaaittttt.... What green bean casserole recipe did you use? The classic or something different? I'm in charge of green bean casserole this year!

  8. Oh I love your skirt. And I love the group pics. Also, I hope we do not have all those desserts at my Thanksgiving - because I cannot pass up those pilgrim desserts. I just cannot. Those are too cute not to eat.

    Why is everything pumpkin so delicious?

  9. Looks delicious! We just had our 4th annual Friendsgiving (not hosted by us) & I absolutely love this tradition!

  10. Looks like you all had a blast! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. oh my lanta!! this looks fantastic. The table. The people. The food. The dessert. EVERYTHING!!

    i know this was a fantastic party because i experienced you and Billy's hosting first hand!! you guys are awesome

    how cute is billy looking at you while dancing. and your table? hello martha stewart magazine!

    that group picture is amazing. and even more amazing because I recognize and met just about EVERYONE!! except for the guy behind you and Lindsay and the guy next to Billy! Did I meet them!?!?

    Love you! first annual friendsgiving success! i foresee this as a tradition for you loves! :)


  12. That looks like a blast! Love this. I'm thinking that I just might have to do this next year!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. I have never done this, but I've been thinking about it! However, I'm hosting family Thanksgiving this year, and I don't know if I'd be up for doing it twice, ha.

  14. Great job. We do a Friends giving once in a while. It's fun.I make everything though. Much to much of a food control freak to let anyone else bake those pies (well, that and my friends wouldn't bake them, they'd buy them) I've always wanted to try a deep fried turkey. Yours looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Um that salad looks amazeballs! I am totally making that ASAP!

  16. Friendsgiving looks so fun! Sweet potato casserole is my favorite too! But we don't put marshmellows on ours, we top it with pecans!

  17. We host our friends giving and it was on Saturday. I was such a bad blogger and took no pictures but we had a blast with 14 of our firneds! it was great!

  18. holy YUM!!!!!!! those dishes look to die for!

  19. It looked like you guys had a blast! Our family tradition, well one of them is a Sweet Potato casserole that my Grandma used to make. We only have it once a year and it is so so yummy! The decorations that you used was so pretty too! :)


  20. yum that salad looks amazing;
    once me and the boy get our own casa hopefully next year, we want to have a friendsgiving!

  21. This looks like so much fun! I hope your friends brought some of the food so you didn't have to do all of the cooking. I agree that Thanksgiving is to great of a holiday to only do it once a year so you have the right idea!!

  22. Looks like SO much fun and all the food looks amazing too, no wonder you ate so much, I would have too!! haha

    I love your cardigan, where is it from?

  23. Looks like a FABULOUS party!
    I have been planning a small dinner party for Christmas instead of our annual massive Christmas party and what cute inspiration I got!
    Love it all.
    And that adorbs outfit.


  24. The food looks delicious! Glad you guys had a great time!

  25. You guys throw a meannnn party!! ;) I'm totally inviting myself next year, k?! Sweet potato casserole is my absolute FAVE too, nommm!

  26. This looks amazing Katie! You are one awesome hostess! I think I might need your sweet potato casserole recipe too. Definitely remembering your salad!

  27. We went to our first Friendsgiving on Sunday! I made green bean casserole and a goat cheese/cranberry/pistachio appetizer. I'm totally stealing this salad recipe to bring on Thursday to the in-laws! Your hosting skills look awesome!

  28. Okay I totally want to come to your friendsgiving!

    And I love the picture of you with your friends! I love the first one with the girl in the white on the left giving her man the "excuse me" look...ha ha.

    That salad looks amazing too!

  29. Can you please post the recipe/link for the pumpkin trifle?

    1. Hi Jess, my girlfriend made it so I don't have her exact recipe but she used gingerbread pieces, pumpkin mousse/pudding, and whipped cream. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest...here is one: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pumpkin-Gingerbread-Trifle

    2. Thank you! Happy Turkey eating!

  30. Looks like so much fun! Love the outfit too!


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