11.19.2013

Friendsgiving {+DIY Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar}


I'm about to get you a. really excited for Thanksgiving and b. really hungry....


Last year, I went over all the reasons why you should have a Friendsgiving, even though none are really needed because I think that everyone needs Thanksgiving more than one day per year. It's so much fun to have all of your closest friends together and eat all of your favorite foods, am I right? For our Friendsgiving, each couple or single offered to bring a different dish (or even two!) and then we provided dinner rolls, dessert, drinks, etc. on top of that. If you want a recipe (literally) for a good time, get your friends together at someone's house and do this.

It was so good that I didn't get many pictures of the whole event. I was just really in the moment enjoying the time we had together. Or you could blame it on the third helpings that I had...whichever.  I did get a few though of our awesome turkeys and I took pictures of the "favors" I made everyone. The boys deep fry the turkey and they did two turkeys this year. They put a cajun seasoning on top and I swear to you that everyone loves it. They say it is the best turkey they have ever had. If you have never had deep fried turkey before, you should! 


As for the favors, my checklist for these was something like this: Something everyone could easily bring home. Simple. Cute. Practical. Yummy. 

Enter....
hot cocoa mix

How you do it: It's pretty simple. Just buy your favorite hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and Andes peppermints and layer them all in a mason jar. I didn't measure anything out really, except I put about a cup (or a little more) of hot cocoa in each. This will make around 8 servings or so of hot cocoa.


Good ole mason jars..always pulling through with the best ideas for me (you too Pinterest). Feel free to steal this idea and make some for your friends for the holidays!

Last but not least, for some reason I found this picture to be hysterical-baby in ghost chair? so posh!


2nd annual Friendsgiving...SUCCESS!

Have you ever done this with your friends? If not, what are you waiting for? :)


29 comments :

  1. I would love to do this for my co-workers, where do you usually get your mason jars?

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  2. We just had Friendsgiving at our house this weekend! Literally I just made the same post! HAHA! And I also may or may not have had 3 helpings of food. But it was small portions, I swear ;-)

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  3. What an awesome Friendsgiving! And how cute are you with your favors?! I'm only hosting 9 people and I am SO stressed! haha. Going to make the pinecone place settings this weekend. :)

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  4. My dad deep fries a turkey every year for Thanksgiving and it without a doubt the best turkey ever. Plus...it's so much faster than in the oven and it frees up room in the oven so you can have more delicious side dishes! This looks like so much fun!

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  5. I saw your post last year about this and thought I would have to give it a try this year since I was still living at my Mom and Dads then and not yet married. With getting married, moved and trying to figure this whole newlywed thing out I completely forgot about this. Just text a couple friends to compare schedules and see what we can come up with (:

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  6. OH WOW I AM REALLY SO EXCITED! Thanks for sharing. I am so happy it is the holiday season! Bring on the cocoa. And the friendsgiving treats :) So much fun!

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  7. So fun! I'm going to have to steal the hot cocoa in a jar idea...though I envision mine with some Bailey's included. ;)

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  8. But how do you use the cocoa mix without mixing everything up? LOL

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  9. Get in my bellyyyyyy!! All of it! Hahaha...so fun! I want to do something like this with our neighbors next year :)

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  10. Oh my gosh all of that food looks delicious. Such a fun thing to do with friends!!! Love the hot cocoa favors too, gonna have to keep that in mind!

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  11. Cute cute cute! Those favors would make great gifts for my clients..noted. I officially dreaming of stuffing, apple pie and turkey. YUM

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  12. This looks amazing...and yes I'm hungry now. Such a small world...that has to be Steven Kurtz in your picture otherwise it's his twin. We hung out in middle school way back when and grew up in the same town.

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  14. Friendsgiving is such a great idea! You were right, I'm both hungry and super excited for Thanksgiving now!

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  15. Your turkey looks perfect! We fry turkeys here every year (in fact my father used to have MASSIVE turkey frying parties).. anyway, thank you for sharing the apple pie on a stick recipe!!!! We had no idea what to bring to our traditional thanksgiving gathering this year and those are sure to be a hit!!!

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  16. Hey girl! I went to print up the recipe for the apple pie pops today and the link isn't working for some reason. Do you still have it? If so, do you think you could email it to me, pretty please? I told my sister about them and now she wants me to bring them for Thanksgiving. Ack! :)

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  17. We've having Friendsgiving this Saturday at our place! Can't wait! :)

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  18. Those pies on a stick are the cutest! I've seen them floating around Pinterest .. did they actually stay on the stick?

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