A PPG Guide to Friendsgiving

Our primary girl group consists of a solid 7-8 boss babes that love to gather round for a good time.  This year alone, we’ve celebrated practically everyone’s birthday, Galentine’s Day, and had a Girls’ Trip of our own to Essence Fest 2017. We decided to end the year with a bang and host Friendsgiving, too, because…we’re eager to celebrate 1. Food 2. Each other, duh!

The event planners in us couldn’t just host a typical potluck dinner. We HAD to go a step further and make this an all-out event. In the spirit of thanks and giving, we decided to compile a PPG Guide to a successful Friendsgiving event!

 

MENU

Seeing as most of our friends are vegetarian/vegan, the menu was the easy part of the planning! We found some FANTASTIC links with fall & Thanksgiving-themed menu items with easy to follow instructions. We sent out the FB invitations and links to these menus pretty early on, and this week, got a final headcount and RSVP of what dishes were being made to avoid any repeats. We’ll try to get some photos of the final spread to share with y’all before everything is devoured! We’re still taking last minute suggestions for yummy dishes – send them our way by commenting below!

More Friendsgiving menu options (meat included) can be found here:

https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/vegan-thanksgiving/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/vegan-thanksgiving-recipes_n_2077065.html

https://avirtualvegan.com/vegan-thanksgiving-dinner-menu/

DRINKS

We all have that one friend that’s practically a certified mixologist, amirite? We, predictably assigned THAT friend to crafting a festive, signature drink that will not disappoint! We opted for a Bailey’s cocktail, but are also doing the while BYOB thing so everyone can have their fave wines, spritzers, etc.

TIME/ LOCATION / VENUE

This is probably one of the more crucial aspects of the Friendsgiving process. In planning a get together, it’s important to be sure everyone has the date and time available on their schedules and that the location is convenient for everyone. Location was an easy decision – only one of our friends has an actual house large enough to host us all! Time-wise, our squad’s weekly schedules are usually pretty hectic, so we opted for a Sunday evening (6PM – until) to be sure we were all free and had time to prepare after morning church service. We also thought that a late-night Sunday Funday would be a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday week!

GAMES/ACTIVITIES

We LOVE party games, including ones we make up on the spot! The set list for the evening includes:

·         Bean Boozled

·         Pitch, Please!

·         Stuff Happens

We also are going to do an activity that we’re excited to introduce to our attendees at our next workshop on December 16th! 

TAKEAWAYS

What’s a party without favors? Our Galentine’s Day Takeaways were personalized mason jars with all the mani/pedi essentials. Essence Fest weekend, each girl left with a pair of silly socks and another mani/pedi set from MAD NAILS (can you tell we like to pamper ourselves?) We’re always looking for a good event takeaway for our guests, but haven’t finalized anything yet! Send your suggestions our way & we’ll be sure to let you know what we decide on!

Power Pump Girls, Inc.