How To Host a Bomb Friendsgiving

Nicole_Marie_Photography_Desitnation_Wedding_photographer_luxury_wedding-7With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the Friendsgiving I hosted just a few weeks ago. I’m late- I know, but as I begin to clean my house and prepare for the actual thing, I can’t help but look back on the amazing time I had hosting eleven of my closest friends for an evening with the greatest food, music, sangria and a little more sangria.

Want to throw your own Friendsgiving and don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered:

First, put together your invite list. Have your crafty, retired mother make invitations. Homemade cards will never go out of style.12112082_10156101931135117_2001002194463921874_nPick a date that works for you and your BIFFS. The other friends will fall in line and have to choose between you and uninvited friends. (A.K.A. the Ultimate Friendship Test). Mine happened to fall the weekend right after Halloween resulting in me keeping my super-cool-Halloween decorations up.
Like this one:12278642_10156207376280117_8273738784619469543_nAnd if you live in your grandparent’s house with historically old family photos hanging up, throw some fake spider webs on them. It only makes sense.12278751_10156207376270117_8239839188139633759_nThe hallway with the really creepy ones should be turned into a raging haunted house. Like this:

Go to Marshalls and pick up really cute house decor like this:
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12235056_10156207376300117_3219701470271991697_nOr make your own like this:
Nicole_Marie_Photography_Desitnation_Wedding_photographer_luxury_wedding-21Don’t make these…#pinterestfail
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Next is food. Make sure the friend that lacks cooking skills gets assigned the meat & cheese tray.
You should also require each guest to bring one bottle of wine.
Remember, this is not Thanksgiving. A traditional turkey isn’t necessary (especially when a vegetarian is hosting).
I made a delicious lemon-pepper salmon and picked up a rotisserie chicken from Meijer.
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We also had killer green beans, the best sweet potato casserole I’ve ever tasted, creamed corn, roasted carrots and Mary Hunter’s epic rolls.
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Sweets are a must.
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Make a large batch of Sangria. I like this recipe.
Drink wine and take a shot every time someone says “friends”.
We tried playing Cards Against Humanity but our conversations and laughter were inappropriate enough.
Lastly, drink and laugh until you fall asleep.
Image-1Having pretty friends helps.  I’m grateful for everything I have, most importantly, health, family, and each and every one of them.

P.S. I made an “okay” breakfast casserole to pop in the oven the next day. I suggest finding a better recipe than this one.

P.S.S. A portion of these photos were taken by Photographer Nicole Balsamo. Check out her stellar work here.

 

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