Hi everyone! I hope you all had a plentiful thanksgiving with all your loved ones! It’s been a crazy week and I’m slowly winding down before starting work next week.
This year, I decided the put together my very first Friendsgiving. This was completely unchartered territory for me. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest trying to find some fun creative recipes that wouldn’t break the bank, but also easy to make. I opted to not do a turkey because I wanted to spare my friends. Turkeys are tough. There are so many different ways to make it and most times it comes out dry, and there’s nothing worse than dry turkey. Sure you can drizzle some gravy on it, but it’s just something I wanted to bypass.
So my menu consisted of Beer can chicken, lemon roasted chicken, mac and cheese, stuffing muffins with truffle mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, Parmesan garlic roasted mushrooms, and apple cranberry walnut salad. For drinks we had honey apple crisp sangria and Moscow mules!
Below are some tips that I have learned to help throw a successful party:
- Don’t break the bank. Throwing a party can be costly. So let your friends help! Delegate alcohol, appetizers, and desserts to your friends.
- Even though someone may be bringing the booze, you should always make sure to have some readily available when guests start to arrive.
- let your friends help you in the kitchen. It will speed up the process, and get dinner out not the table faster.
- Unless your boyfriend is your sous chef, tell him to take a step back. Kidding!! Men can be a total pain in the ass in the kitchen. No I don’t want you hovering over my shoulder asking me what I’m making or asking when is dinner is going to be ready. Unless I see you chopping veggies or helping me grab some ingredients, please go away…ahem, Andy!
- Make sure you have plenty of seating. It’s pretty tacky having guests sit on the floor or standing the kitchen eating their dinner. If you can’t accommodate everyone on your guest list, then you may need to re-think who to invite.
- Start prepping your food over night. Chop up all your vegetables put them in a plastic bag. Marinate your meat overnight. Do as much as you can. Even make the dish in advance and set it up so that you only have to throw it in the oven. I promise it will make your life so much easier.
- Make sure you have ALL your ingredients before you start to cook. The last thing you want to worry about it running to the store the day of your party to grab chicken stock.
- Put together an e-vite. Find out it anyone has any dietary restrictions. Include directions to your place, or any special instructions on how to get into your building.
- Dont go crazy over directions. If this is your first holiday party. I know you want to impress and put on a show, but no one is really going to care if you’re missing a reef on your front door. Or if you have a fake stuffed turkey as your centerpiece. Focus on the food and drinks and making it a comfortable atmosphere. If all goes well, then start incorporating more deco into your party.
- Flowers are a must! They will always be the center of attention and can bring so much life to your home.
Thursday, I went home to my mom’s where she of course knows how to throw a real party. There is always endless amounts of food and booze. No one leaves her mom with their pants all the way zipped. It’s always the best time.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. I have a wonderful man in my life that keeps me grounded and pushes me to be the best person I can be. I have a great job that allows me to travel all over. I celebrated one year of living in my very first purchased home. There is so much to be grateful for this year. I’m already looking forward to next year!! Until next time…xoxo