Whether it’s your very first time to host Thanksgiving or you are a seasoned veteran, this complete guide will show you what to prepare ahead (days ahead), so you can be ready to greet your guests in full attire and enjoy a day of thanks, family, and food.
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I love sharing special and festive gatherings with you here on this blog. It gives me an excuse to hang out with friends, loved ones and take great photos!
This is my first annual Friendsgiving event, which is essentially an excuse to test and eat Thanksgiving-style recipes with my friends and to create new recipes that my readers can use for their own Thanksgiving feasts.
And just when I thought eating lots of holiday food couldn’t get better, Pyrex announced their gorgeous Love limited edition collection. I, of course, already covet their storage solutions and serving ware every time I go to the store; they have, after all, an entire wall space in the store! It’s a meal-prep and food storage obsessed person’s dream!
You probably have quite a few of their pieces in your kitchen, since for more than 100 years they’ve been made in the USA. I own many of their glass prepping, baking, and storage containers in both my house and the Studio but I’m always scooping out the aisles for more since they are durable and an excellent solution for my cooking and storage needs.
This first Friendsgiving celebration is a tribute my close friends and family that support me and my dreams. I’m grateful for their constant smiles, support via text and late-night calls, and endless coffee chats.
The simplicity of our friendship is what inspired the decor. Simple, elegant, a few fall touches, and with delicious food showcased in timeless Pyrex pieces. I’m a very practical gal and don’t have a lot of special occasion dishes; plus, with Pyrex, I can take leftovers straight to the fridge! And well, I’m all about leftovers –but I don’t have to tell you that, right?
Some of the dishes we served at this Friendsgiving gathering are my Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, Southern Cornbread, Fall Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Sausage Stuffing, roasted turkey with gravy and my famous Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe, and more.
I kept things simple by texting an invitation to my small group of friends and decided that a weekday lunch would be best; so my friends with kids could take their lunch hour at the Studio and then leave with enough time to pick up the kids from school.
I also wanted to give everyone the chance to write down a few things they were grateful for; and although it wasn’t quite Thanksgiving, this early start to be more mindful of all the things we have (our health, our family, each other…) are a great start to all the wonderful celebrations the month of November brings.
To pull off the Friendsgiving celebration at noon on a Monday, I did a lot of food prep over the weekend. I made the cornmeal, the stuffing, prepped all the vegetables, and side dishes so I could quickly warm them in the oven the day of, and be able to focus on the main attraction, the turkey!
The cranberry sauce was also made ahead of time and stored in my trusty containers. I also made some extra to send some home with my friends since a few of them showed up without their own storage containers – although I did not send out a BYOC note.
After a fun and delicious luncheon, everyone agreed that this gathering was the start of a new tradition. While the food, recipes, and table setting were important, the main ingredient is love; it’s the thing that binds all of us together year-round and fun to celebrate this time of the year and share it with Pyrex.
You can find our Friendsgiving menu here.
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Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
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One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is leftovers and this year, I’ve decided to skip the sandwich and turn my turkey into hummus and turkey stuffed egg rolls, aka Baked Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Rolls!
What’s better than eating a slice of pumpkin pie? Eating these no bake pumpkin pie bites without the guilt!
The last couple of weeks I’ve been sharing a lot of pumpkin recipes (have you tried my pumpkin brownies yet?) and your response has been incredible. I’m glad to know that you love pumpkin as much as I do!
This recipe is to answer Susan M’s request (one of my awesome readers) who asked for a healthy snack that tasted like pumpkin pie that was gluten free. Well, Susan, these no bake pumpkin pie bites might just fit the bill!
If you are looking for more healthy no bake desserts here’s the one that my boxing class always asks me to bring!
In this recipe, I’m taking all the flavors of pie and rolling them into healthy pumpkin pie bites -without the mess and fuss of making dough or even baking it!
With four kids in the house, I can never have enough snacks on hand. Recently, I’ve found myself making more no-bake bite-sized snacks that satisfy both the need for a snack and the craving for something sweet.
I’m going to show you how easy it is to make little bite size pieces of one of my favorite desserts! Last week we had two days of filming videos, and I created a video to show you how easy these are to make. I could barely wait to share the video with you!
Knowing these pumpkin bites are in my refrigerator makes me happy, because I know there is always a little taste of fall waiting for me. Who am I kidding! I love all things pumpkin. And if you do too, check out some of my other delicious pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Brownies, Frozen Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pasta and more.
If you could have any dessert in a bite size snack, what would it be?
These no-bake pumpkin pie bites are super easy to make and great year round!
I’m excited to share 20 Thanksgiving Recipes for Easy Entertaining with you. Better yet, consider this your foolproof Thanksgiving menu. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll feel relieved that someone did all the planning for you. And, a beautiful 26 page eBook will arrive in your inbox within minutes. Easy-peasy.