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Friends-Themed Friendsgiving Party

Could you BE anymore excited for a Friends-Themed Friendsgiving Party? Put on your Thanksgiving pants and invite your favorite friends over for a Friends-themed Friendsgiving party complete with turkey heads and Rachel’s Traditional English Trifle!

The One Where It’s a Friends-themed Friendsgiving

This Friends-themed Friendsgiving party has everything: Monica’s turkey, three types of potatoes, and two desserts including Rachel’s Traditional English Trifle!

For the turkey, serve Monica’s Roasted Turkey complete with yellow sunglasses and a tiny fez hat.

But don’t put it on your head, dance around, and scare your friends. Try these turkey hats instead.

To make the fez hat for the roasted turkey, simply cut down a red plastic cup and string a red tassel through the top.

For the sides, make potatoes three ways: Ross’ Mom’s Mashed Potatoes with the Lumps, Phoebe’s Mom’s Whipped Potatoes with Peas and Onions, and Joey’s Mom’s Tater Tots. 

Remember, Chandler is the boy who hates Thanksgiving and refuses to eat anything turkey related, so whip up some “Righteous” Mac and Cheese and be sure to add a side of baby carrots just in case anyone has any accidents with sharp knives while wearing sandals. 

You could whip up some mini grilled cheese sandwiches as appetizers for anyone else who hates Thanksgiving and serve them with a family-sized bag of Funyons. 

(Actually, the Funyons taste great crumbled over Chandler’s “Righteous” Mac and Cheese!)

But even though Chandler hates Thanksgiving, he did whip up some Chanberry Sauce one year! I recommend a zesty orange cranberry sauce.

For dessert? Monica’s Pumpkin Pie with Mockolate Cookie Crumb Crust. I was going to make a carob chip cookie pie crust, but that’s just gross, so instead I used a chocolate cookie crust for a pumpkin pie and sprinkled some cookie crumbs on top! It was delicious!

And last, but definitely not least, Rachel’s Traditional English Trifle.

As Rachel describes, “First, there’s a layer of lady fingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!” 

Yeah, you can make it the traditional way like Rachel and I did, which does, in fact, “taste like feet!” 

Or you can swap chocolate cookie wafer crumbs or brownies and green M&M’s and purple sixlets instead of the beef, peas, and onions. Your choice! 

Also, lady fingers can be challenging to find, so either order ladyfingers online in advance, or make it easier on yourself and swap them out for some thin slices of pound cake. And while you’re at it, don’t make the custard from scratch like Rachel, just use a box mix!

If you’re going to make Rachel’s Traditional English Trifle, be sure to check out my full blog post on it here.

Friends’ Thanksgiving Episodes:

The Thanksgiving episodes are seriously some of the best, so if you want to review them in preparation for your party or to put them on in the background, here are the Friends’ Thanksgiving episodes: 

  • Season 1, Episode 9 – “The One Where Underdog Got Away”
  • Season 2, Episode 8 – “The One With the List” – technically not a dedicated Thanksgiving episode, but it feature’s Monica’s Thanksgiving Mockalate
  • Season 3, Episode 9 – “The One With the Football”
  • Season 4, Episode 8 – “The One With Chandler in a Box”
  • Season 5, Episode 8- “The One With All the Thanksgivings” – aka The One With Monica’s Turkey Head
  • Season 6, Episode 9 – “The One Where Ross Got High” – aka The One With Rachel’s Trifle
  • Season 7, Episode 8 – “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”
  • Season 8, Episode 9 – “The One With the Rumor”  – aka The One With Brad Pitt and arguably the best one
  • Season 9, Episode 8 – “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”
  • Season 10, Episode 8 – “The One With the Late Thanksgiving”

Leftovers? Make a Moistmaker!

Have any leftovers? If you have any of Monica’s turkey, Ross’ Mom’s Mashed Potatoes With the Lumps, and Chandler’s Chanberry Sauce leftover, then you can make Ross’ Moist Maker!

“MY Sandwich!?! MY SANDWICH?!?”

Most fans think of the sandwich as Ross’s sandwich, but it’s really Monica’s recipe – her secret recipe is that she puts an extra slice of gravy-soaked bread in the middle of the sandwich. Ross calls it the Moist Maker.

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Tuesday 10th of January 2023

this is the singlemost greatest recipe compilation I have ever read, and I have been reading recipe blogs for basically 20 years. bravo. you deserve an award. (but not the geller cup. ew.)


Saturday 20th of November 2021

I love it. I do badly want to do this.