This Modern Friendsgiving Potluck Lunch has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Hosting a formal Thanksgiving is a lot of hard work between prepping the house, cooking a turkey, and making all the sides and the desserts. So host a Modern Friendsgiving Potluck Lunch instead which is less formal with friends and you only need to provide the appetizer, drinks, and main course, then ask friends to bring the rest! Because it’s less formal, you don’t have to set a formal table and instead simply set up a buffet for all the potluck dishes to go. I set mine up with a beverage, appetizers in case early guests are hungry before lunch time (or really, because it’s LA and everyone is always “20 minutes late!”), and instead of roasting a turkey, I made decadent turkey sandwiches for each guest. Be sure to leave plenty of room on the table for friends to put their potluck dishes and maybe even include a few cake stands for the desserts! Including the grocery shopping and decorations, you can have your potluck lunch set up in 3 hours or less! I am all about the quick set-up! I set out a cranberry mint spritzer for guests to grab as soon as they walked in the door! They only require 3 ingredients and are quick to make in case anyone needs a refill! And for an early appetizer, I served a Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip for dipping some quick and easy Farm Rich Loaded Potato Skins, Mozzarella Sticks and Jalapeño Poppers. Farm Rich makes it easy to serve a tasty appetizer with a homemade component since you simply need to heat the Farm Rich appetizer and then make a quick homemade dip! To be extra festive, I served it out of artichoke bowls. Want the recipe for the Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip? You’ll need a few ingredients and about 20 minutes.
- 8-10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
- 2 cans artichoke hearts
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1.5 cups grated parmesan cheese, divided
- ⅕ cups grated jack cheese, divided
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- pinch salt
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Boil your frozen spinach, drain, and squeeze as much water out as possible.
- Use a food processor to chop your artichoke hearts into smaller pieces.
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 cup of jack cheese, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix until everything is combined.
- Then add the chopped artichoke hearts and spinach and mix.
- Add the mixture to a casserole dish, top with the remaining parmesan and jack cheese and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
And I didn’t want to make a turkey for the main course since I’ll be doing that on Thanksgiving, plus turkeys are a bit hard to find in stores until a few weeks before turkey day, so I made decadent turkey sandwiches for each guest with bakery fresh rolls, freshly sliced turkey from the deli, cranberry sauce, and all the sandwich fixings. Then I put out some plates, napkins, and silverware, but keeping it less formal, so no setting the table! Plus, I kept the decor simple. No ugly dark brown, orange, and red colors! Instead I went with pink, gold, and orange, put up a Thanks A Lot banner with a garland, I spray-painted a thrifted cornucopia bright pink, added some gilded pomegranates and pears, and then threw some gold confetti around. And then just ask friends to tell you what dish they’ll be bringing so you don’t end up with 4 mashed potatoes and no pumpkin pie! Since I was doing a lunch, I asked for lunch time potato sides like french fries, tots, and chips, as well as mac and cheese, a green been salad, and desserts.
With a super simple set-up, easy main course, and fast appetizer, and with friends bringing the sides and desserts, you’ll get this Friendsgiving party set up in no time! I picked up my Farm Rich appetizers at my local grocery store in the frozen aisle. With Farm Rich, you’re just 20 minutes away from a tasty, feel-good snack. And for more information on Farm Rich, sign up for the Farm Rich Loyalty Club to receive exclusive offers, news, quick recipes and promotions and be sure to follow Farm Rich on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube!