Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Friendsgiving - A New Tradition

Within my circle of friends, we had been talking about trying out a progressive dinner for a while now. We decided that Thanksgiving was the perfect excuse to give it a shot and so our first Friendsgiving was born!

Progressive dinners are pretty cool because it takes the burden of preparing an ENTIRE meal off of just one person. Now, I’m pretty lucky with this group of friends because we all live in the same neighborhood. This really took the travel out of the progressive dinner. It is doable to drive from house to house but please – have a designated driver!

We started out the night at house #1 with cocktails. It was a really fun and festive way to kick off the dinner. The host made up these DELICIOUS pumpkin pie spiced white Russians and some apple pie jello shots. When we showed up and saw this spread, we knew it was going to be a good night! And really, can we talk about how adorable the chalkboard signs are!?

I hosted house #2 and took care of the appetizers – and of course, there was wine! One of my go-to appetizers are these little glazed kielbasa and pineapple bites. They are so easy to do and always disappear quickly. We also did a fun cheese plate with gouda, cheddar, prosciutto, summer sausage and a spicy plum chutney. And finally, we found this new recipe for some sausage stuffed apples that are just divine, and SO fall!

After appetizers, we headed to house #3 who so graciously offered to do both dinner and dessert since one of our host houses had some last minute change of plans. First of all – the table was gorgeous! Everything the entire night was so festive and adds so much to the atmosphere of it all. All of us really enjoy food and this meal did not disappoint. We had a TON of food! One of the couples smoked a turkey which was absolutely divine. The meal was rounded out with green bean casserole, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, rolls, corn and brussel sprouts. Needless to say, we were all ready to pass out on the floor after all the food.

None of us had much steam left when it came time for dessert but we ended the night with a yummy chocolate pudding trifle and some homemade apple pie. So good!

If you haven’t done a Friendsgiving dinner or a progressive dinner – you need to do it. It was decided before the night was over that this will definitely become a yearly tradition!

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