I’m so excited for our Friendsgiving party coming up and I can’t wait to see all the amazing dishes my friends will be bringing! We love having a night of quality time with our dear ones to kick off the holidays. This year, we’re even having a fresh addition, our friends’ newborn joining us!
Food is, of course, one very important part of this event. I love it when my friends get creative and bring well loved family recipes and new creations to the feast!
How to be the Star of Friendsgiving…
As the host, I like to put together a quick menu so my friends can sign up to bring dishes that won’t overlap. I also ask friends in advance any known allergies so we can make sure to point out which options they can enjoy without worry!
As an attendee, I love to print out quick little recipe cards for my dish. This serves two purposes: 1) If people like the recipe, they can try it at home, and 2) It makes it really easy to remember which ingredients are in the dish for those with allergies!
You can download a my recipe card freebie by downloading and printing the image below or visiting Canva to download as a PDF!
Of course, the food plays a major role as well. Try these nine dishes to that are sure to delight your friends and make you the star of Friendsgiving!
If you’re in charge of apps…
//5 Ingredient Fig & Brie Tartlets
Want to be fancy, but don’t have a ton of time to invest? Try these fresh fig and brie tartlets. They only require 5 store bought ingredients, and you can prep them ahead of time and bake when it’s time to eat! Just leave the figs and honey off until you’re ready to serve.
//Spicy Mustard Deviled Eggs
Break the typical Thanksgiving traditions and serve up these Spicy Mustard Deviled Eggs from Rocky Mountain Bliss as an Appetizer! I love that this recipe only requires 4 ingredients – quick, easy, and sure to delight.
//Spinach and Artichoke Party Dip
Because who doesn’t love a creamy, cheese dip to start off a feast? I love this recipe from Rajean Blomquist which is sure to be eaten up before it cools! The best part is that you can prep it in advance, and place under the broiler for 10-15 minutes before serving.
If you’re the master of the sides…
//Classic Port Wine Cranberries
Level up the typical canned Thanksgiving cranberries by making your own at home! Our Sutton Place’s recipe cooks the berries with port wine adding complexity and flavor. With 4 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!
//Grilled Butternut Squash with Candied Pecans and Manchego
I think the title of this dish says it all. I love how A Wholesome Dish levels up the standard squash side dish by adding some crunch from candied pecans and complexity from the Manchego!
//Curried Rice with Raisins and Cashews
Why not travel the world for Thanksgiving side inspiration? I love this recipe from Cook’s Hideout – Pavani uses Golden Raisins as a sweet contrast to the spice of the curry for a side dish that will set you apart!
If you’re bringing the sweets…
//Easy Apple Crisp Bars
Switch up the classic apple pie with these easy apple crisp bars from If you Give a Blonde a Kitchen! They’re great to make ahead and grab as you head out the door!
//Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
If you have a friend (or are yourself) gluten free – try this classic pumpkin pie from Good For You Gluten Free. Jenny is terrific at making gluten free treats that never compromise flavor!
//Fusion Pumpkin and Pecan Pie
Can’t decide on which flavor to bring? Eva at SuperSafeway has you covered. Try this EPIC fusion pecan AND pumpkin pie recipe! Your friends will be raving about how you didn’t make them have to choose between the two!
Drooling yet? Have a recipe that’s your go to for Friendsgiving? Drop it in the comments below!
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