Host a Friendsgiving everyone will be thankful for

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays because it’s a truly American occasion. It’s a time when we can relax with loved ones and reflect on everything we have to be thankful for in life. But what if you don’t live near family? Or you have a family Thanksgiving, but also want to spend time with close friends? Host a Friendsgiving!

Thanksgiving dinner with Delysia Chocolatier Turkey Chocolate Mold

The concept of Friendsgiving came about a few years ago. Basically, it’s a dinner party with friends that’s held around Thanksgiving. It has all of the traditional food elements of Thanksgiving, but getting everything together is a little different than the actual holiday.

5 Essentials of Hosting a Friendsgiving


1. Decide When You Want to Have Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving happens every fourth Thursday in November. Friendsgiving is a little more flexible. If numerous guests plan to travel or celebrate the holiday with family, have the dinner sometime the week before. That way guests aren’t already burnt out on turkey and stuffing. If everyone on your guest list is available on Thanksgiving, celebrate on the actual holiday when everyone is sure to be off work.

2. The Turkey is Handled by the Host

Trying to pre-cook and transport a turkey sounds easier than it actually is. As the host you’ll be charged with making the turkey because logistically it makes the most sense.

3. Give Yourself at Least Four Days for the Turkey

The process of buying, thawing, brining and cooking the turkey can’t be done in a single day. Give yourself at least four days to get it all done.

4. Coordinate a Potluck for Hors D’oeuvres and Sides

Since you’ll be busy perfecting the turkey you’ll need help getting the rest of the food ready. Once you have confirmed the guest list, coordinate a potluck. Let guests know you’ll be cooking the turkey, and ask that others pitch in by supplying one of the sides or an hors d’oeuvres. Provide guests with a list of categories for dishes and make sure everyone is aware if a guest has a food allergy or dietary restriction. Ask that guests reply with what they plan to bring so there aren’t any duplicate dishes. Skip the pie and serve Delysia chocolate truffles instead. No mess and just as festive.

5. Give Your Guests Something Truly Memorable

The most amazing dinner parties always have at least one wow-factor moment that leaves a lasting impression on guests. It can be the décor, the main dish, or a decadent dessert. Delysia Chocolatier helps customers add a special element to their fall dinner with seasonal chocolate molds. The miniature turkeys can be used in the table display and then enjoyed after the dinner.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving!




Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.