Family is great, but we can't forget our closest friends during the holidays. Make them feel special with a Friendsgiving this year!

 

Who says the holidays have to be spent with family? If you’re looking to party with your closest pals this year, have we got some recommendations for you!

Holidays are a stressful time. Ease the anxiety by sharing the load with your friends. Thanksgiving lends itself as the perfect meal for a potluck. That’s right – you only end up preparing one (maybe two) dish(es) as opposed to four or more. Simply assign your guests an item, or even easier, let them bring whatever they’d like! This can lend an air of surprise to the whole event, and relieve you of being master coordinator. No one wants that job anyway. Just make sure there’s only one of each of the staples like turkey and potatoes, but after that, freedom is the name of the game.

If you’re making the turkey this year, go wild with a Bacon-wrapped Turkey. Like no other turkey you’ve had before, the crisp crunch of bacon will take your center piece to the next level, the Friendsgiving level.

And if you really want to wow your guests, consider these adorable and crowd-friendly Stuffing Muffins! Instead of creating a giant bowl of stuffing that gets soggy at the bottom, create these portioned out morsels to steal the evening. Take them to the next level, if you have the time, by adding a swirl of creamy mashed potatoes to the top as the “frosting.” Or even better, invite a friend over and make them together!

To compliment your unique stuffing, recommend these other recipes for your friends to bring. Suggest this Pomegranate Pistachio Salad, these Baked Artichoke Hearts, and this Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole to round out this Friendsgiving Feast. With these sides, you’ll be sure every friend, even the meat-free ones, have a fantastic and filling holiday.