As the leaves adopt the vibrant hues of gold and crimson, heralding a season of harvest and togetherness, the air grows crisp, beckoning us to gather and celebrate. Friendsgiving, a contemporary twist on the historic American Thanksgiving, invites us to embrace gratitude, feasting, and friendship. While its roots trace back to the early days of the Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a harvest meal, Friendsgiving today has become a cherished ritual where friends become family.
A number of our team are from over the pond so we handed over to them to talk us through the art of hosting an unforgettable Friendsgiving, London-style.
Setting the Ambiance: A Nod to Tradition in a Modern Setting
Transform your London flat into an autumnal retreat by weaving in traditional Thanksgiving elements. Infuse the space with warm colours, scatter leaves, and strategically place pumpkins for a festive feel. Rearrange your furniture to encourage easy mingling and comfortable dining. An American touch? Create a gratitude wall, a nod to the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, where guests can pen their thankfulness, a heartfelt tradition to share before the feast begins.
Consider making the celebration hassle-free with an afternoon tea or a craft workshop with us at The Delight Project, blending British charm with the warmth of American festivities. We love hosing our Paint a Pumpkin Workshop - read more about it here
Plan the Perfect Potluck: A Feast That Honours History
Friendsgiving is synonymous with a potluck feast, a reflection of the diverse dishes shared at the first Thanksgiving. Encourage your guests to bring a dish, echoing the spirit of that historic gathering. Create a signup sheet to balance appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts, paying homage to traditional fare like turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Remember to cater to all dietary needs, ensuring a table where everyone can partake.
Elevate your dessert game and celebrate the season with a touch of flair – order a box of Thanksgiving Pumpkin macarons from our sister company Oh La La! Macarons, a sweet twist that's sure to enchant your guests.
Gather Your Friends and Family: Blending Cultures in Celebration
Hosting Friendsgiving in London offers a unique opportunity to blend the elegance of British hosting with the heart-warming traditions of an American Thanksgiving. This blend creates an environment ripe for making new traditions and memories. Whether you're an American in London longing for a taste of home or a Londoner curious about this festive tradition, Friendsgiving is a perfect way to celebrate the season.
Thanksgiving Crafting and Decorating Ideas
- Leaf Garland: Craft a garland of autumn leaves (real or artificial) intertwined with fairy lights, draping it around your dining area for a cosy ambience.
- Mini Pumpkin Vases: Hollow out mini pumpkins and use them as vases for seasonal flowers like chrysanthemums or dahlias.
- Thankful Tree: Create a small tree using branches in a vase. Provide tags for guests to write what they're thankful for and hang them on the branches.
A Toast to Togetherness: The Autumn Spice Cocktail
Celebrate with an 'Autumn Spice Cocktail,' a blend of apple cider, cinnamon, bourbon, and a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick for a festive touch.
As you gather your friends and family for this special occasion, remember that Friendsgiving is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of gratitude, friendship, and the joy of coming together. With these tips and ideas, your Friendsgiving in London will be a blend of traditions new and old, leaving everyone with cherished memories and full hearts.