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 some water, an appetizer, and the main course, then simply ask friends to bring the rest!
Including the grocery shopping and decorations, you can have this potluck lunch set up in 3 hours or less! I am all about the quick set-up! Because it’s a more casual event, you don’t have to set a formal table and instead can simply set up a buffet for all the potluck dishes to go on. And again, because this isn’t a formal Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t have to serve a turkey! So I went with decadent turkey cranberry sandwiches!
To set up my table, I started with a mint cranberry spritzer, appetizers in case early guests are hungry before lunch time, and the individual turkey sandwiches for each guest. Be sure to also leave room on the table for your friends to put their potluck dishes and maybe even include a cake stand or two for the desserts!
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 with some quick and easy frozen mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers.
To be extra festive, I served it out of artichoke bowls. Here’s the link to the recipe for the Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip. You only need a few ingredients and about 20 minutes.
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.
Simply 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-based sides such as french fries, tots, and chips, as well as some mac and cheese, a green been salad, and simple desserts such as cookies or pies.
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!