Friendsgiving Menu

I am excited to share with you my sample friendsgiving menu! I learned about friendsgiving too late to host my own last year and I have to admit I feel like I’ve been cheated out of this amazing sounding tradition my whole life.  According to the urban dictionary friendsgiving is “the celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. This usually occurs on the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family gatherings.”  I don’t know how it is in your family, but for me the Wednesday and Friday that sandwich in thanksgiving are both still very busy family days.  For my first annual friendsgiving we got creative and picked a date that worked for the most people, and it is coming up this weekend.

My organized friend Chanel divvied up the friendsgiving menu potluck style and so even though I will only be making a few dishes I’ve put together some inspiration for an entire friendsgiving menu in case some of you are planning your own this year and are looking for menu ideas.

Don’t worry, I don’t expect my guests to follow my friendsgiving menu outline. When it was suggested that the pumpkin pie should be made from scratch I heard the response “ain’t nobody got time for that” loud and clear. It’s okay that our friendsgiving will include pumpkin pie from Costco (instead of the amazing pumpkin pie with oreo crust featured below!); the most important part of friendsgiving is spending time together.

My Friendsgiving Menu Wishlist:

Friendsgiving is the New Thanksgiving: Menu Inspiration 2013Appetizers:

Appetizer for Friendsgiving- hot spinach dip
Hot Spinach Dip from Martha Stewart 

Appetizer for Friendsgiving- Cranberry Brie Bites
Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites from Yummy Mummy Kitchen


Friendsgiving Turkey
Turkey with instructions from The Kitchn


Stuffing Muffins for friendsgiving
Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins from A Cozy Kitchen

Traditional Herb Stuffing for Friendsgiving
Traditional Herb Stuffing from Everyday Occasions

Cranberry Sauce:

Cranberry sauce infused with cinnamon and star anise for friendsgiving
Cinnamon and Star Anise Infused Cranberry Sauce from Spoon Fork Bacon


Turkey Gravy for Friendsgiving
Turkey Gravy from The Kitchn

Mashed Potatoes:

Mom's mashed potatoes for friendsgiving
Mom’s Mashed Potatoes from Cooking Classy

Dinner Rolls:

pumpkin dinner rolls for friendsgiving
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Beyond Kimchee


rosemary carrots for friendsgiving
Rosemary Roasted Carrots from Oh My Veggies

brussels sprouts with pancetta for friendsgiving
Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Pancetta from The Cozy Apron


Friendsgiving Salad with Delicata Squash and pomegranate
Kale and Delicata Squash Salad with Maple-Citrus Vinaigrette from Oh My Veggies

Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potato Casserole for Friendsgiving
Sweet Potato Casserole from Not Without Salt featured in Real Simple


pumpkin cheesecake with oreo crust for friendsgiving dessert
New York Times Pumpkin Pie with Oreo Crust from Something Swanky

salted caramel mini apple pies for friendsgiving
Salted Caramel Mini Apple Pies from Pretty Plain Jane

Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream for Friendsgiving
Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream from Completely Delicious

Table Decorations:

table decorations for friendsgiving
‘Gourd’eous Candle Holders from Revel Blog

Place Cards:

pinecone turkey place cards for friendsgiving
Pine Cone Turkey Placecards from Dandee

Happy Friendsgiving!

I hope you enjoyed these Friendsgiving ideas for dinner, please share what you do to make your holiday menu special.

Will you be hosting or attending a Friendsgiving dinner this holiday season? Tell me about it!

P.S. Click here for a funny yet practical list of Friendsgiving Rules via Buzzfeed

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  1. I’ll take one of everything, your friendsgiving looks amazing. I love the cranberry bites from Yummy Mummy, she’s awesome.

  2. OMG, I wish you were making it all, if you were I’d invite myself over 😉

  3. “Ain’t nobody got time for that” LOL!

    Around here, the tradition is Publix pumpkin pie. People are disappointed when someone makes a homemade! Crazy, right?

    • Wow, that is crazy but also kind of awesome… when no one is cooking you can spend more time doing other things and relaxing I guess!

  4. We have done Friendsgiving for many years now. Being military, we never know where we will be when the various holidays roll around, and decided early in our marriage that we’d declare Thanksgiving a “stay in place” day–no travel. That means we can open our doors–and our kitchen–to anyone who doesn’t have a family table to be at that year. We have had the most wonderful Thanksgivings, with no two alike. It’s my favorite holiday!

    • That is such a great way of doing Thanksgiving- you get to avoid the stress of traveling and be an inviting home for local friends. I hope this years Friendsgiving goes just as well as years passed. Thanks for sharing, Dee Dee!

  5. Yay for Friendsgiving! I’m hosting one in a couple weeks. I totally wish I could serve all of these!

  6. So elegant, so delicious. I’d love a seat at your table.


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