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11 Friendsgiving Ideas That Are Fun, Festive, and Actually Doable

 11 Friendsgiving Ideas That Are Fun, Festive, and Actually Doable
Design: theSkimm | Image: Emmascustomshirts via Etsy, Food52
Oct 31, 2022

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Skipping Thanksgiving with the fam this year in lieu of the holiday’s (arguably) more fun counterpart? We’re here to help you make sure it goes off without a hitch. If you’re hosting or attending a Friendsgiving gathering, we’ve rounded up recs for what to have on hand or bring to the festivities. Like fun games for all ages and standout Friendsgiving decor you can use year after year. Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about. 

Classic Friendsgiving invites that are easy to customize…

Wanna elevate that ho-hum email invite? These Friendsgiving invitations will let your pals know they’re in for a seriously fun get-together in the cutest way. They’ve got a watercolor design of a pumpkin pie slice with whipped cream and cinnamon, and come with optional orange envelopes for easy mailing. ($1.02+/per invitation, Zazzle)

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A Friendsgiving game that’ll get you in the holiday spirit…

And maybe get you a little buzzed. This drinking game comes with 24 pumpkin-shaped cards with fun prompts on the backs of each. Friends will have to drink if they’ve brought a dish to pass, watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade, had seconds (or thirds), and more. Thirsty, anyone? ($11.99, Amazon)

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An easy way to transform any candy bar…

It’s not Friendsgiving with at least one “Friends” reference. Snag some crowd-favorite candy bars (hi, OG Hershey's bar with almonds) and wrap ’em in this customizable “Friends”-themed packaging for a fun surprise on your partygoers’ way in or out. And if you’re pulling things together last-minute, don’t fret: All ya need to do is download the print, cut, and paste, and presto. ($19.26, HoskinDesign via Etsy)

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A balloon banner perfect for photo ops…

Hang this banner on any wall or ledge and you’ll have a picture-perfect background in no time. You can choose from five different colors — gold, pink, silver, blue, or rose gold — and two different phrases to complete your Friendsgiving decor. Pro tip: Add a streamer backdrop in a contrasting color for a little extra oomph. ($13+, BalloonsToGoUS via Etsy)

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Scratch-off cards good that’ll add a lil’ excitement to the party…

Host your own giveaway with these pre-shuffled scratch-off cards. The pack comes with 25 losing cards and five winning ones so you can have friends compete for a handful of prizes of your choosing. Winner, winner, turkey dinner. ($12.99, Amazon)

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A Friendsgiving game that’ll bring you all closer…

You may have heard of the game We’re Not Really Strangers. Now you can gather your BFFs — and maybe some acquaintances — and play using the friendship expansion pack. (We can’t promise you won’t be tearing up at the end.) It’s got three levels of question cards that go deeper with each one, featuring questions like, “What’s one small detail you remember about the first time we met?” and “What do you wish you got more credit for?” It’s a great way to get to know your friends a lil’ more this holiday season, or any time, really. ($20.49+, Amazon)

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A turkey serving set with all the necessities…

It includes an oval serving platter, a gravy boat, serving spoon, and spoon rest, so you can streamline your table setting no matter how much food is on the menu. House the turkey or ham on the serving platter, and when the meat’s gone, you can always use it for lighter veggie dishes or a late-night charcuterie assortment. And if you’re in the market for new dinnerware, take a look at the matching set in cream. ($99, Food52)

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A printable Friendsgiving scavenger hunt…

Get everyone in the holiday spirit with this easy, printable Friendsgiving game anyone can play. They’ll search for things around the house like candy, glasses, acorns, and more, and the person with the highest score at the end wins. It’s suitable for all ages, so we rec repurposing them for your kids’ own Friendsgiving party too. ($2.56, BuyPrintPlay via Etsy)

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Friendsgiving bracelets to commemorate the day…

Maybe someone’s moving, or maybe it’s the last year you’re hosting at your place and you wanna make this occasion a particularly special one. If that’s the case, snag these simple Friendsgiving bracelets your friends can take home as a keepsake. Choose from over 10 cord colors and three heart bead options. They each come on a cute card perfect for placing in gift bags or around the table as place settings. ($3.50/each, Sellingitforyou via Etsy)  

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Matching Friendsgiving shirts that’ll get everyone in the spirit…

Have some waiting at the entrance or give these out as a party favor at the end. Gift the (loose) meaning of Friendsgiving — and the best holiday photo of you and your friends will likely follow. These shirts come in unisex sizes up to 3XL and are available in over 15 colors, so everyone can stand out. ($8.39+/per shirt, emmascustomshirts via Etsy)

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A compostable stemless wineglass for plastic-free fun…

These lightweight but durable wineglasses are made from corn and other plant-based materials. Each pack comes with 50 12-ounce cups — and you may want to try these compostable utensils, plates, and paper towels too. Pro tip: Subscribe to get recurring shipments every one, three, or six months and receive 10% off your order. Happy sipping. ($14.39+, Repurpose

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