A "Friends"-Themed Friendsgiving Even Chandler Would Love
A potluck menu that honors the FRIENDS who taught us the beauty of this holiday to begin with.
You know how Thanksgiving with your family is the best and also the worst?
That's why there's Friendsgiving (noun): A traditional holiday meal, including turkey, cooked and consumed in the pleasant company of your buddies rather than your anxiety-producing relatives. But because spending Thanksgiving with your family is, um, special and important, Friendsgiving is typically held on a day that is NOT the fourth Thursday in November.
This year BuzzFeed created a guide on how to have the best-ever potluck Friendsgiving...
...in a style that honors the Friends who taught us how to celebrate this great holiday in the first place.
THE ONE WHO WILL ACTUALLY COME EARLY TO HELP:
THE ONE WHO'S INTO COCKTAILS:
THE ONE WHO JUST WANTS TO WATCH FOOTBALL:
THE ONE WHO "HAS TO" HOST:
THE ONE YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON:
THE ONE WHO DOESN'T EAT MEAT:
THE ONE WHO IS A PERFECTIONIST:
THE ONE WHO EATS HEALTHY:
THE ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO BAKE:
THE ONE WHO ONLY SORT OF KNOWS HOW TO BAKE:
THE ONE WHO REALLY CAN’T COOK:
ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP:
THE ONE WHO ASKS TO BRING A FRIEND: Two bags of ice. This person has to arrive on time. The friend can carry one of the bags!
THE ONE WHO WILL BE VERY LATE: An enormous tub of vanilla ice cream.
THE ONE WHO'S IN FROM OUT OF TOWN: Store-bought rolls or extra paper towels and trash bags.
THE ONE WHO'S A VEGAN: Brownie Pumpkin Pie with a Crunchy Pecan Topping or something else from this list.
THE ONE WHO JUST WENT GLUTEN-FREE: Wild-Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans or something else from this list.
THE ONE WHO WILL BRING A GROSS FAMILY RECIPE: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about this. Just gotta let it happen.
Double-Cider and Bourbon Punch
Sour Cream & Onion Dip with Crudites
IPA-Brined Roast Turkey and Gravy
Whole Wheat Stuffing With Fennel Sausage and Pears
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Toasted Marshmallows
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries And Toasted Almonds
Kale Salad With Roasted Acorn Squash, Pomegranates, and Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Lattice-Top Bourbon Apple Cider Pie
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust and PSL Whipped Cream
Click here to print all the recipes in a PDF.
A REHEATING TIMELINE FOR THE HOST:
1.Take the turkey out of the oven and let it rest, tented with foil, so you can make your gravy just before your guests arrive. Cover the gravy with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap onto the surface of the gravy so it doesn't form a skin, and cover with foil.
2. Set the oven to 350 degrees, and have friends reheat the stuffing and the mashed potatoes for 15-20 minutes, then cover with foil to keep warm.
3. Crank the oven up to 400 degrees and ask your friend who brought the Brussels sprouts to reheat them for 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
3. Carve the turkey.
4. Ask your friend who brought the kale salad to dress the salad.
5. Ask your friend who brought the sweet potatoes to top them with marshmallows and put them in at 400 for 8-12 minutes minutes.
Time to eat!
1. A few days before the party, pick up some carryout containers from a restaurant in your neighborhood.
2. If you are truly a Monica, decorate them with prewritten labels and cute seasonal washi tape.
3. Then create a little station at your Friendsgiving with the containers + plastic spoons + paper towels so people can pack up leftovers for themselves.
And never forget:
Photos by Lauren Zaser
Styling by John Gara and Emily Fleischaker
Products: Turkey platter, "Antique White Turkey Platter With Handles" by Williams-Sonoma; brightly colored casserole dishes, CW by CorningWare; vintage casserole dishes by Corningware via Etsy; plates and chargers, vintage dinnerware by Fish's Eddy, Covered Turkey Bowl by Crate and Barrel; set of Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers by Crate and Barrel; water glasses, Tom Tumblers by Crate and Barrel; wine glasses, Nattie Big Red Wine Glasses by Crate and Barrel; napkins, Array Dinner Napkins Set of 8 by Crate and Barrel; Gravy Boat with Saucer by Crate and Barrel; flatware, Strand Flatware by Crate and Barrel; Egg Platter by Crate and Barrel; punch bowl by Maryland Plastics; yellow frame, Handmade Yellow Peephole Frame as Seen on Monica's Door on Friends TV Show by Cool TV Props; jumbo sunglasses by Fun Express via Amazon; Cake Stand Milk 12" by Fish's Eddy; punch glasses, Eddy Everyday 11-ounce staacking glasses by Crate and Barrel; Wooden salad bowl and wooden salad servers by Whisk NYC; blue teapot by Whisk NYC.
Clothing styled by Julie Gerstein and Peggy Wang; DIY decor by Alanna Okun
Planning to cook one of these recipes?
That's awesome! And the BuzzFeed food editors want to know how things turn out at home. Take a picture of your finished dish, post it to Instagram or Twitter, and tag it #BuzzFeedFriendsgiving.