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Friendsgiving Menu Ideas to Wow Your Guests


If you’re looking for some Friendsgiving Menu Ideas that will wow your guests, look no further. Friendsgiving is a time to get together with your friends to celebrate the holidays. It’s a time to enjoy great food, good company and festive decorations.

A Friendsgiving table with side dishes and candles.
You’ll love these easy and delicious Friendsgiving menu ideas.

These are the best Friendsgiving dishes

Planning a Friendsgiving menu doesn’t have to be overwhelming!

This post has all the recipes you need to put together an amazing Friendsgiving spread! These food and drink ideas are perfect for fall meals but feel special enough to share with guests.

Whether you host a Friendsgiving every year or are hoping to plan one for the first time, this list of great menu ideas will truly help.

With recipes for appetizers, salads, main dishes, bread, dessert, and fall cocktails, this list has every course covered.

Plus, these menu ideas also work for a more traditional Thanksgiving!

Menu Ideas for Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is a time to come together with friends, share a meal, and give thanks. This year, why not shake things up a bit by trying some new recipes? Here are delicious Friendsgiving menu ideas that will have your guests raving.


These easy Friendsgiving appetizer ideas are sure to please your guests. Choose some that you can make ahead to keep your day as stress-free as possible.


Salad is a great way to start any meal, and it's especially perfect for Friendsgiving. It's light and refreshing, and it leaves plenty of room for heavier dishes to come. Plus, salad is a healthier option that some of your friends will prefer.

Main Dishes

Turkey is, of course, the traditional main dish for Friendsgiving, but why not try something different this year? These delicious recipes will have your guests raving.

Side Dishes

When it comes to choosing side dishes for Friendsgiving, there are endless possibilities. You can go with classic Thanksgiving sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing, or try something a little different. Here are some side dish ideas that will pair perfectly with your main course.


Bread is a staple at any Thanksgiving feast, but it can be tough to decide what type of bread to serve. Here are tasty options that will please even the pickiest eaters.


When it comes to dessert, there are plenty of scrumptious options to choose from. For a sweet finish to your Friendsgiving feast, try serving a selection of pies, tarts, and cookies. It's fun to include classics like pumpkin pie and apple pie but you can also add in some more unique recipes as well.

Fall Cocktails

These fall cocktail recipes are perfect for the autumn season, and they’ll be sure to please your guests. So gather up your ingredients and get started on one of these seasonal drinks.

Centerpiece Ideas

You can go with a traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece, such as a cornucopia filled with fall fruits and vegetables, or you could get creative and come up with something unique. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Here are a few more recipes that are perfect for your Friendsgiving menu but for whatever reason, I couldn’t get a photo of.

What is Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is a holiday celebration that is typically held in November. It is a time when friends and sometimes family come together and enjoy a festive meal that is very similar to Thanksgiving.

It’s basically Thanksgiving but with friends instead of relatives.

The best part about Friendsgiving is that you can choose your favorite guests and serve whatever dishes you want. It’s also a little bit less formal than Thanksgiving.

Friendsgiving is often organized like a potluck where each guest brings a dish or two. It’s a fun way to try new recipes and introduce your friends to your favorite holiday foods.

If you prefer, you can host the whole meal. There are no rules, so be creative and have fun with it.

Whether you’re taking care of every dish or just trying to choose something delicious to bring to someone else’s party, this list of Friendsgiving Menu Ideas can help you decide what to make.

I originally had this menu information included in my Pumpkin Spice Margarita post and have since moved it here to make it easier to save for later!

How to Plan the rest of your Friendsgiving

I work best when I’m organized so I put together a simple printable Friendsgiving/ Thanksgiving Planner (see the graphic below) to help you track what you want to make for your meal, plus pages to help you decide when you need to start cooking and lists to make your grocery shopping a breeze.

I made two covers (one for Thanksgiving and one for Friendsgiving) for the planner so it will work for whatever you need.

Download the Free Printable Friendsgiving Planner.

And because I like my parties to look nice but not stress me out, I created these printable Thanksgiving decorations that you can print, cut, and hang. DONE!

Thanksgiving Printable Decor image with text on what the pdf includes and some photos of the pages you'll get.
Let me know if you need a Friendsgiving version!

Using the planner to prioritize what needs to be done when will help you feel ready to welcome your guests and also feel calm and cool.

If you’re looking to host a Pinterest-worthy Friendsgiving, I’ve got you! That post has tons of easy ideas.

Decorations can be done ahead of time and even put up the day before whenever you are hosting your get-together.

And while I don’t host Thanksgiving at my house, I still have my own traditions (like this Sweet Potato Dump Cake) for that day that this planner helps me stay on track with. I hope you get lots of use out of it.

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One Comment

  1. Olivia Baker says:

    This is my first year hosting our annual Friendsgiving and I was stressing a bit over what my menu should like, but you gave me all the direction I needed! Crock-pot mac and cheese, I mean, how can I pass that up?? Everything’s slowly coming together: my floors were just resurfaced, my tablescape is already set up, and I have my menu now! Thanks for the help!

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