How To Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving


Hosting Friendsgiving this year? In search of a little inspiration? I teamed up with friend and DIY expert Miss Kris to offer a few ideas for making it a Fabulous Friendsgiving! Can you guess what (or who) our inspiration was? Read on for the answer, plus DIY Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to die for, and an easy Thanksgiving cocktail that is sure to delight.

fabulous friendsgiving diy | kelly golightly

A fabulous Friendsgiving starts with a fabulous setting. But you don’t need to break the bank to be bold. Here’s how we did it:

1. You don’t need a huge space to play host. We transformed a small patio area outside of Miss Kris’ apartment building into our secret garden setting. Perhaps a public park will be your “backyard.”

2. Get crafty! Two sawhorses from the local hardware store paired with a closet door that Miss Kris unhinged for the occasion provided our table (really!). A swathe of fabric, with the edges left unhemmed, and we had our tablecloth.

3. Rent, rent, rent. We rented all of the show-stopping plates and glassware from Dish Wish, which I couldn’t recommend more. You can also scour your local thrift store or flea market, or even ask friends to bring their own place setting for an eclectic feel. We also rented chairs (for less than $2 each!) from a party supply store.

4. Pick a color palette and a theme. We went with black, white and gold. And channeled the Golden Girls for a cheeky theme.

5. Don’t be afraid to DIY! A simple spraypaint of gold onto small pumpkins and ears of corn will do the trick. We created namecards by folding kraft paper in half and writing names with a marker — Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, Stan — and let guests guess who was who. (I was Rose, clearly.)

6. Serve a signature drink. We served Santa Margherita wine, which is delicious on its own, and also made a fun and frothy signature cocktail with prosecco. Recipe below…


FRIENDSGIVING FIZZ RECIPE: Simply add 1-2 scoops of orange sherbet to each champagne coupe, and then top with chilled Santa Margherita prosecco. Enjoy!

easy thanksgiving cocktail | kelly golightly

Dee-vine! Festive and frothy, and it couldn’t be easier.

how to host friendsgiving | kelly golightly

Keep reading for more ideas + photos! 


We used chalkboard paint and a chalkboard marker to create a fun way to greet friends as they entered our Friendsgiving party.

how to friendsgiving in style |kelly golightly

As for food, while you could cook Friendsgiving dinner, we knew that as long as you have good friends and great drinks, it doesn’t really matter what you serve, so instead we served…

who needs a turkey when you can order pizza for friendsgiving? | kelly golightly


easy thanksgiving cocktail | kelly golightly

Well, that and this post was focused on the decor + the drinks!

thanksgiving toast |kelly golightly

Know your strengths…

shebetchampagne_KL proseccococktails_KLthankyouforbeingafriendpumpkin_KLmissgolightly_KL friendsgivingtable_KL

In all seriousness, when it comes to entertaining, I find it’s almost impossible to do it all yourself and still be able to enjoy yourself.

easy thanksgiving diy: spraypaint corn gold | kelly golightly

This is why even Ina Garten recruits one friend to do the table setting, another friend to do the flowers, her husband to buy wine and dessert, and why she only focuses on the food. It takes a village! I say this because life becomes so much easier when you know when to ask for help.

golden girls friendsgiving | kelly golightly

And it’s much more fun to assign each person a task. It lets everyone feel involved and keeps you from having a nervous breakdown. Win-win! So while pizza may not be what you decide to do, asking each friend to bring a favorite dish or assigning each person an area of expertise is the way to go.

a golden thanksgiving | kelly golightly

Here’s to a Happy Friendsgiving!

fun friendsgiving ideas | kelly golightly

Thank you for being a friend Gary, Dee, and Marina (er, I mean Stan, Dorothy and Sophia)!

how to host friendsgiving in style

To see how this all came together, head on over to Miss Kris TV to watch the video!

Photos by Jessica Castro Photography

Brought to you by Santa Margherita

Black Friday Deals for The Fashion Girl
Thanksgiving Roadtrip

6 thoughts on “How To Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving

  1. suwanneerose

    I love that tablecloth and gold accents. This makes my decor look so country. Maybe next year I’ll glam it up.


Leave a Reply