If you are hosting Thanksgiving for your friends this year, you are likely searching for “Friendsgiving Dinner Party Menu Ideas.” If you are on the lookout for recipes that will make preparation for the celebration easier, you can still provide your guests with a delicious meal that meets all their preferences. Onions are a staple for the holiday table, so we are sharing all of our party menu ideas to help make this Friendsgiving your best one yet.
What are some tips for hosting Friendsgiving?
Make the goal of your celebration to enjoy time with your friends. First, know the number of guests who plan to attend. Then consider foods that will be appealing to everyone at the table. Conduct your search for “Friendsgiving Dinner Party Menu Ideas.” Choose recipes that are easy to make ahead so you feel less stressed on the day of the party. Also, consider recipes that can easily be doubled or cut in half in case the number of attendees changes at the last minute. It also is helpful to choose simple recipes if you decide to have guests arrive early to help you cook or if you plan to create a potluck in which everyone brings a dish. Offer a variety of foods so everyone at the table will have something to enjoy — even if they choose not to try each dish that you serve.
What are some ideas for Friendsgiving starters?
A soup or a salad make great starters for a Friendsgiving meal. Make it easy on yourself and choose just one. This will also ensure guests don’t fill up before the main course is served. Soups are ideal because they can often be made ahead and reheated. Some salads are easy to prep early so you can pull all the ingredients together just before serving.
Curried Caramelized Onion Soup is a light, seasonal soup that can be made ahead of time or try a Slow Cooker 5 Onion Soup and let it simmer all day until guests arrive. Mixed Greens with Fruit and Frizzled Onions makes a festive salad for Friendsgiving. But something simpler, such as an Orange, Mint, and Onion Salad, provides a fun and lighter twist to start your meal.
What main course should I serve for Friendsgiving?
The main course should be enough to feed a group and it’s often protein-based. Of course, turkey is the most common choice, and our two favorite turkey options include Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries and Turkey Spiral with Onion Dried Cherry Stuffing. If there will be some vegetarians at the table, consider adding a plant-based recipe that can serve as a main course such as Southern Savory Onion Pie.
What are the best Friendsgiving side dishes?
Serving several side dishes will ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. It also allows you to offer something beyond the main course for those with special dietary needs and vegetarians. Consider offering a mix of heavy side dishes such as potatoes and stuffing with lighter vegetable side dishes. Roasted Onion and Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a classic holiday recipe that go over well. Four Onion Scalloped Potatoes are another option and have instructions for refrigerating overnight to serve the next day. Savory Rice Nut Casserole makes an inviting alternative to stuffing that can be made gluten-free with a few ingredient swaps. Other favorite onion side dishes include Roasted Onions with Herb Butter Sauce, Onion and Quinoa Salad, and Red Cabbage and Onions with Apples and Apricots.
Should I serve rolls or breads at Friendsgiving?
Savory rolls that incorporate onions make a welcomed addition to a Friendsgiving meal. Save time with these Easy Onion Dinner Rolls or try something different and serve this Walla Walla Sweet Onion Upside-Down Cornbread.
What can I use for Friendsgiving decorations?
Decorations for your dinner party don’t have to be elaborate, but it’s fun to honor the occasion. Simple, natural centerpieces set the mood for a casual gathering with friends. Onions make an ideal addition to harvest centerpieces because of their deep colors for the season. Combine them in a basket with winter squash and fresh herbs and set it over a simple table runner of linen fabric or burlap for an easy table decoration.