This year, I’m considering hosting my very first Friendsgiving, since I won’t be able to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I don’t have a lot of experience with hosting parties. I’ve organised a few meetup events here and there, but it’s not the same thing as bringing people into your home and providing most everything from food to decorations to setup/cleanup prep. Honestly, it makes me a little nervous because I’m pretty spontaneous, so planning isn’t always a strong point for me.
Choosing A Theme
With that in mind, it’s going to be a potluck so that I can focus on the main dishes and let people bring in the sides, dessert, and drinks. This way, I know everyone will have something they like and have brought to share. I won’t have to get too far into the details of finding a menu to make everyone happy.
The first thing that I have to consider after a guest list is the theme. Currently, I have basic autumn themed decor in my collection, but I wanted something to bring it all together. Also, I think it’d be fun and will help people pinpoint what to bring.
Where else do I go but to Pinterest for some ideas? These are my top candidates.
Listed as number one simply because it’s already ingrained in the name, it’s almost universally loved (at least by my guests), and people will love figuring out who’s who.
Another plus is that it gives us some media/entertainment ideas right off. I’m thinking of having all their Thanksgiving episodes playing in the background during the dinner.
I would probably advise against the Trifle w/ Beef that Rachel made.
2. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Alice is on the list because I’ve been wanting to do a tea party for a very long time. I’m a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and I’m excited to use it with a twist in any way I could. (I once participated in a Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Tea Party.)
The main downfall I have with this theme is that it could get costly. I’m sure there are many ways to do it for cheap, but I’d definitely have to buy more new items than I would with a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. theme.
I don’t own many tea party related things, so I’d have to get some tea sets, doilies, gingham, tiered trays, etc. And those items would generally not be something I could use for more than one occasion. It just makes it less cost-effective than other ideas.
I might leave this for another time. Maybe for a spring/summer brunch event.
3. Pyjama Party
In general, a pyjama party sounds like a whole lot of fun. I honestly think my friends would love it because it wouldn’t require any real type of dress up. It also means that if we decide on making it a movie night as well, everyone is all set up and ready to go for extreme comfort.
If I did this, I’d definitely have to set up my living room as a giant bedroom to go with the theme. It would take some Tetris to figure out the logistics, but I think it can be done.
4. Outdoor movie party
Outdoor movie nights have been suggested to me before and are so promising because the weather has finally cooled down, and us Socal people have been waiting for this moment for a while.
Like Alice, though, this would require some extra shopping. Many things can be achieved with simple DIY’s, but I would still need a projector.
Aside from that, I actually think my backyard is pretty well set up for a night like this, but I may have to wait until I feel like spending for a projector.
Final Theme Choice
Pyjama Party! As I went through my top choices and wrote out my thoughts, it really came to light how easy this theme would be for everyone involved. Especially with some guests that are travelling from almost another county, it makes a possible sleepover that much easier.