Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Sandy Coughlin

Article Posted By: Sandy Coughlin

of Reluctant Entertainer

With the help of The Home Depot, Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer created a new, festive dining space in her home for Friendsgiving dinner this year.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

What exactly is a Friendsgiving party? Friendsgiving is everything you love about Thanksgiving—cozy food, familiar company, lively laughter—except you invite your closest friends. In sum, it is an occasion to mingle with your closest friends around delicious, comforting dishes, and simply be together. Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat and drink with your friends, surrounded by an overwhelming aura of gratitude? Count me in!

Today I’m sharing my hosting tips for creating the perfect space and meal for a Friendsgiving dinner party!

Make the Invite

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Think of people you wouldn’t normally spend Thanksgiving with. Set the date, make the invite, and start planning! The occasion is centered around gratitude, so keep it simple and fun!

Shopping Online at The Home Depot

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

With the help of The Home Depot, we shopped online and ushered in the holiday spirit by creating a new, festive dining space in our home for this Friendsgiving dinner.

Starting in our dining room, we ordered a new dining room table and chairs. We put together our sleek, low-profile teak wood dining table and 8 retro, leather chairs that are beyond comfortable—beware, your guests might fall asleep right there at the table after one bite of turkey! The instructions are easy!

Ivers Black Metal Upholstered Dining Chair with Antique Brown Seat
Retro 78 inch Multi-Color Teak Dining Table

Set the Table

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

I love to lay everything out on the table before it’s set. It gives me inspiration for the color scheme, theme, and flowers or foliage to use. Arrange all the dishes you’ll need for the party, including linen napkins and glassware.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

We used a eucalyptus garland in the center of the table (tied together with fishing line), and added red pears and persimmons.

Next, we set the table with beautiful chargers, dishes, and linens.

Classic Linen Napkins Dark Gray (Set of 4)
Brown Metal Charger Plate
Kaya White Speckle 16-Piece Dinnerware Set (for 4)

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

The glassware is elegant and refracts light beautifully! We used tall water glasses and shorter wine glasses.

Artesano 20-1/4 oz. Clear Large Tumbler (4-Pack)
Artesano 9-3/4 oz. Clear White Wine Glass (4-Pack)

Appetizers and Wine

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

My favorite glass and wood decanter made the wine look (and taste) so lovely.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Speaking of wine, you must serve a delicious appetizer for Friendsgiving. On this beautiful board, we made an elegant charcuterie with two cheeses, red pears, fig jam, and tasty crackers. The cured meats were out of this world, and of course, we garnished it with rosemary (the herb of friendship).

Oval 15.5 in. Mango Wood and Marble Cheese Board
Vie 10 in. Glass and Wood Decanter

The Menu

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Our menu consisted a large roasted chicken, salads, rolls, and a yummy orange tomato soup! Remember, it just needs to be cozy; it doesn’t have to be fancy.

We also asked our guests to bring a salad and a bottle of wine!

Final Touch: Dessert and Espresso

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Next steps in the final touch for the ultimate Friendsgiving meal: Pumpkin Pie Squares!

Using our new KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer (in orange sorbet color), we whipped ahead the whipped cream for our pumpkin dessert. Whip and set aside in the fridge to stay cool.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Artisan Mini 3.5 Qt. 10-Speed Tilt-Head Orange Sorbet Stand Mixer
Commercial II True Jelly Roll Pan 15×10

The best dessert always takes a few extra steps to make it tasty and memorable.

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Using our new food processor, we made the most delicious crust, and pressed it down into the 10×15 jelly roll pan. We whipped up the pumpkin mix in the stand mixer, and gently poured it into the partially cooked crust.

Custom 14-Cup 2-Speed Brushed Black Stainless Steel Food Processor with Pulse Control

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

Next – bake to perfection! Serve with whipped cream and enjoy with a latte or espresso!

We feel the final touch to the perfect Friendsgiving Ddnner is to offer not only friendship, but coffee. :)

Using our new espresso machine, we ground fresh coffee, and whipped up cups of espresso (and lattes).

4-Cup 15-Bar White Espresso Machine and Cappuccino Maker with Advanced Cappuccino System
2 oz. Espresso Glass (2-Pack)

Creating the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner

A great time was had by all and I can’t wait to do it again next year!