This Friendsgiving ideas post had products supplied by Oriental Trading. Affiliate links ahead.
Need a few Friendsgiving ideas? Or just Thanksgiving ideas in general? I’ve got a few for you! In partnership with Oriental Trading, I did some one stop shopping and then added a few DIY touches to make our Friendsgiving spread a memorable one!
Friendsgiving is a neat name they’ve given to Thanksgiving spent with friends instead of immediate family. My family has done Thanksgiving this way for almost my entire life! We were a military family, and mom and dad always insisted any soldiers that had no where else to go come to our table to celebrate the holiday. It’s just part of us now.
We never lived near family growing up, so Friendsgiving is always been the norm. In fact, I continued the tradition when I moved out of the house and moved far away from my parents.
For the last 20 years, we’ve continued to host Thanksgiving with friends (sometimes up to 25 people at our table!) and loved every minute of sharing Thanksgiving with others. I’ve always called it a “lost socks Thanksgiving,” but Friendsgiving does have a nice ring to it.
Friendsgiving decoration ideas
When I started designing what we might put on the table for a rose gold and gold Friendsgiving this year, I poked around on Oriental Trading site and found lots of stuff that was going to work. And I only had to make one order.
Here is the list of what I bought and what you will see throughout this post.
My Friendsgiving Buy List:
- White plastic gold rim dinner plates
- Clear dessert plates with gold rim
- Gold placemats
- Boxwood garland
- Rosegold candle holders
- Porcelain turkey
- Wood risers
- Gold glitter pumpkins
- Wood slices
- Wood sign blank
- Wooden beads
- Rose Gold champagne flutes
- Porcelain pumpkins
- Magnolia wreaths
- Copper Round Favor Boxes
Friendsgiving Menu Ideas
Now, I know a lot of you are always looking for good Friendsgiving menu ideas or Thanksgiving menu ideas. Totally admit it, I’m pretty much traditionalist for my family’s menu.
I literally make most of the dishes here on this list once a year. That is what makes them special. Some recipes are already on this site for you here and have been linked.
For a complete friends giving menu, this is what we usually prepare. Hope it gives you some ideas!
- Quick appetizers
- Spiral Ham
- Andouille Sausage Stuffing
- Garlic mashed red potatoes
- Sweet Potato Souffle
- Cranberry relish
- Sauteed green beans
- Cranberry from a can (for those of us with refined palettes–me, mostly)
- Creamed onions (from my husband’s family)
- Apple pie
- Chocolate pecan pie
- Pumpkin pie
Thanksgiving Place setting ideas
The Friendsgiving place settings were probably my favorite part of this set up. The placemat, disposable plates (Yes! Disposable plastic plates!) Came from Oriental Trading. I added it in my own silverware, napkin, napkin ring, and place card. More on those in a minute.
One other purchase I was thoroughly impressed with from Oriental Trading were the rose gold champagne glasses. they are so pretty in person and really good quality. I love the texture that the woven gold place mat added to the place setting.
Napkins and Napkin Rings
This is where I did a little Friendsgiving DIY! I like pretty tables, but I like them to not be so serious. I am not so serious. (In fact I have a few stories about butterfly wings donkey heads and hospital gowns that would totally change the way you saw me.) So really, a straight laced Thanksgiving is not for me. Even though my table might have some polish.
I made these napkins with Cricut SportFlex in gold. I’m fairly in love with the turkey butcher picture I put on there. Making them is easy–upload the SVG, have your Cricut cut it out, and iron it on.
Wood Slice Ornament Place Card
Friendsgiving Centerpiece Ideas
I really did find everything at Oriental Trading for this Friendsgiving. They had quite the selection of nice porcelain statues. Including Tom Turkey here! I picked up a couple of sets of wooden risers To help give my table and buffet some height.
These are an item you’ll use again and again throughout the year so worth the investment. Oriental Trading also had lovely boxwood garland that I used as a runner down the table. Perfect little pop of texture and color!
Another favorite item? Without a doubt these rose gold candle holders. They come in sets of two and added a little modern flair to friends giving.
Glittery gold pumpkin votives rounded out the table. Just add your own votive! These will work through Halloween, so you’ll get two months of use out of them if you decide to buy them.
Thanksgiving Takeout Containers
DIY Friendsgiving Sign
Happy Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving to you all!