As a member of the Longaberger events team, Kristen King knows how to throw a fun and successful party. Check out her tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones and make your event the hit of the season!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for most, it is a time to get together and share a meal with family and take time to realize all that you are thankful for. However, my favorite memory from Thanksgiving was the year that I spent it not only with my family, but also my friends. It was my senior year of college and a friend of mine proposed that we have a “Friends-Giving”. A time for us to gather and be thankful for the friendships and memories we made while at school while also enjoying some homemade food. A “Friends-Giving” is something I would suggest to everyone to try. To get you started here are essentials for a successful event.
Essential 1: Plan ahead
Make sure you schedule your “Friends-Giving” ahead of time so that it will not conflict with other family engagements for you or your guests. I would suggest doing it the weekend before or after Thanksgiving. It could even be an all day event! With the holidays coming up it would give you the perfect excuse to take a shopping trip and end the day with a “Friends-Giving” meal.
Essential 2: It’s all about the food
The best part about a “Friends-Giving” is that it does not have to be traditional! If you are hosting maybe try a honey baked ham instead of Turkey as the entrée.
Directions: Heat oven to 350F with rack on lower position. Mix together apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, and honey in a bowl. Mix well to fully incorporate basting sauce. Place ham in a 13×9 baking dish. Coat ham with a generous amount of sauce. Bake for 60-70 minutes, basting thoroughly every 15 minutes. To serve pre-cut slices, arrange slices neatly on a serving dish and brush leftover sauce all over ham slices and serve. If serving ham whole, be sure to have leftover sauce available for drizzling. The sauce is what makes this ham so great! Makes 12-15 servings.
If you are attending as a guest then try this fun and easy recipe:
Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. In medium saucepan, slowly add 1 cup of milk to flour, stirring constantly until all lumps have dissolved. Add the remaining milk, stirring thoroughly. Place on stove and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens. Add 1 cup of the Cheddar, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese; stir until blended. Add macaroni, stirring gently to coat well. Line muffin tin with paper muffin cups and place one scoop of mac and cheese mixture into each muffin cup. Top with reserved 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Essential 3: Take Away
It always makes getting together that much more memorable if you get to leave with a keepsake. To commemorate your “Friends-Giving” try this craft:
What You Will Need:
- Print out or create mini turkeys for each guest
- Have everyone bring 4-6 pictures of themselves with other guests from the party
**You could also have a Polaroid camera or photo printer ready if you want to use pictures from the evening
Directions: Trade pictures with everyone there and use them to create the tail of the turkey. Everyone will leave with pictures of themselves with their friends that then can keep and display in their own homes for Thanksgivings to come.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for your family and your friends and no matter how you choose to celebrate it is sure to be a wonderful time!
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