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4 Friendsgiving Themes To Try Out This Year!

11-21-2022 by Ariel Byrns

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Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your friendship and create memorable memories with your chosen family that you can reminisce about for years to come. With that being said, it does not have to be as proper and traditional as Thanksgiving day when you bring out the matching china and dress in your best holiday outfit. Friendsgiving is a chance to be more laidback and creative with your decorating or theming! Here are four themes you should consider trying out this year.


1. Harry Potter

 A Harry Potter Friendsgiving means breaking out the candles and transforming your dining room into a witchy wonderland. Hogwarts goes all out for holiday feasts, with cozy decorations and, of course, amazing food. To make the night even more unique, try making foods from the books and movies such as pumpkin pasties, butterbeer, and Honeydukes’ no-melt ice cream (in the Muggle world, we call this frosting). For activities, we recommend trying the bean-boozled game where each player must eat the candy the spinner lands on, which may or may not be a disgusting flavor like rotten eggs or ear wax! Just like Ron and Harry eating the wizarding world’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, this game of chance will have you and your friends laughing at the mishaps until your stomachs are weak. Dressing up in some Hogwarts house robes would definitely complete the ambiance! 




2. International Night

Try an international-themed Friendsgiving where each person brings a food from another culture. It could be a food from their own ancestry, or just any food they have been craving to try. This way, you and your friends will be able to sample food from around the world and you can discuss which culture’s food you liked best. It would also be a great game if the origin of the dishes were not disclosed and you all had to guess which country they are from. Afterwards, you could spend time looking up facts about the cultures you ate food from. This is a great theme for friend groups who love traveling or are interested in learning about other cultures. End the night by watching foreign shows together, such as K-dramas, telenovelas, Bollywood films, and the like. 




3. Dessert Party

Instead of gorging on turkey, mashed potatoes, and rolls, why not skip straight to dessert?! Since Friendsgiving is a time to be more laidback with your evening, skip the hassle of cooking a feast and instead instruct everyone to bring their favorite dessert. This could be pie, candy bars, tarts, anything that comes to mind when you think of something sweet. This way, you and your friends can all get hyped up on sugar and have high energy throughout the night. This is a great theme for friend groups who love indulging their sweet tooth and is the perfect opportunity to pull out your CandyLand board game and get competitive. Consider using real candy as the game pieces, or battle each other to see who gets to bring home the leftovers!




4. Pie Only

You can’t have Thanksgiving without pie, so this Friendsgiving why not take this rule to the extreme. Have each guest bring a pie of their choice to dinner. This could be a savory pie such as shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, mince pie, quiche, and the like. For dessert, you can have the traditional apple or pumpkin pie, or make it a bit more creative by trying peanut butter, lemon meringue, key lime, banana cream, or other unique flavors of pie. This will give your meal some balance between savory and sweet while also having fun with the recipes. This theme is great for large crowds since pies are easily divisible and can feed a lot of people.




Happy eating!