A Friendsgiving Recipe Swap

A Friendsgiving Recipe Swap

This year, try putting a new spin on an old favorite, by  hosting a Friendsgiving recipe swap. 

As we head into November, I know a lot people that like to host a Friendsgiving celebration in addition to their traditional family Thanksgiving. This year I wanted to add a funny little twist to our Friendsgiving celebration by making it a recipe swap. For years we have always had a Friendsgiving celebration with our core group of friends, that have been with us through thick and thin. Of course we all have our traditional family based Thanksgivings, but as the years have gone by our numbers have dwindled and we have lost a few along the way, and of course relationship status have changed as well. Still we always seem to find the time get together and catch up and shoot the breeze as though not a single minute has passed between our last visits. Each year we try to do something different, whether we go out to dinner or host a large gathering at one of our homes. This year I decided it would be fun to do a traditional Thanksgiving and swap our family recipes in the process. This way we would could leave a little piece of our family with our friends even if we did not see them all the time.
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Basic Invite also offers online printables, like this great retro recipe card. I purchased this one for a super low rate and was able to download and print it as many times as I needed.  This was prefect for my Friendsgiving recipe swap dinner, and will even work for my cookie exchange this winter. For this project, I was able to include the exact number of recipe cards with each personalized invitation, so my guests could pre-fill out the recipe cards before the Friendsgiving dinner. I decided that I would leave my recipe card directly on each guests place setting as part of the table setting. While my guests would place their recipe cards next to the dishes they made in the buffet line. I just added a few easels and they doubled as a buffet card for the items, which was super cute. I decided to share my Southern Style Cornbread Stuffing recipe, but with the added twist of toasted Pumpkin Seeds just to dress it up and add a little panache. Just because it is a Friendsgiving theme does not mean you have to get stuck in the traditional turkey, stuffing & gravy menu, you could do a International fusion theme or a version of chopped, where you assign 3 main ingredients the recipients must use in their dish. Get creative and do something fun! I hope this post may have inspired you to reach out to some fo your friends over the holiday season. No matter if it has been two weeks or two years. The holiday season is all about joining together for a little fun and sharing in traditions of the holiday season. Happy Holidays from our home to yours! 

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18 Comments

  1. Awesome idea! I would love a bunch of my friend recipes to make their way into my cooking roundup. Makes me happy!

  2. This is SUCH a beautiful idea!! I have always wanted to have a friendsgiving and I love the recipe idea!! Maybe I will try this next month =) This might be the year!!

  3. OH!! How fun! I live in Guatemala now (from Canada) but every Thanksgiving a bunch of expats get together at someone’s house to celebrate the American thanksgiving. This is a great idea!!

  4. Oh wow, I’ve never had a friends giving but always wanted to! What a fun idea and your table is decorated so beautifully 🙂

  5. What a great idea! I could see this working in so many different Holidays, not just Thanksgiving! This made me smile! Friends should do more stuff like this together!

  6. How fun to plan a gathering for your friends before you do the family gathering sound like a win win to me.

  7. Oh this is a great idea I love getting new recipes anyways, and trading them with my friends sounds perfect!

  8. I really appreciate your tips on this post. On the part of the world where I come from, Thanksgiving is not normally celebrated. But this would be a great start when I have my own home.

  9. This is a really good idea! I love how you you decorated the table and plating! I need you to help me decorate my home this season.

  10. Hi Sakshi, it is an invitation company called Basic Invite-> https://www.basicinvite.com they are great. The recipe cards are actually a downloadable feature so you can print them off yourself, as many as you need, from your own printer which is great, such a handy feature. I was able to give my guest and additional packet of the cards for personal use as a hostess gift at the dinner.

  11. That’s a nice idea … in our country we have similar dinners for other festivals and they are the funnest part. I loved the copper collection though! My husband makes similar stuff! where did you get these from?

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