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Last-Minute Friendsgiving Ideas

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Our creative last-minute Friendsgiving ideas will make for a memorable celebration! From quick and delicious recipes to affordable decor, make your gathering unforgettable this November.

Dinner table decorated for friendsgiving with a tassel garland and balloon banner nearby.

I’ve never thrown a Friendsgiving party before, but we happened to have some friends coming over and I wanted to make it fun!

I put the whole party together in about a day!

Keep reading for the exact decor I got, food we ate, and more so you can throw your own last-minute Friendsgiving party!

Friendsgiving Decor

Friendsgiving balloon banner and tassel garland
Wood candle holder
Gold candles
Table runner
Similar rose gold chargers
Thankful plates
Similar grateful napkins

The decor was pretty simple, but I still think it turned out great!

I used fall decor I had around the house and found the rest of it on Amazon. You can order it and have it the next day! So it’s perfect for any last-minute Friendsgiving party.

What To Eat

White baking dish of chicken zucchini casserole with a scoop taken out.

For the menu, I chose traditional Thanksgiving recipes with a twist.

We ate:

The casserole came together in no time and I used store-bought puff pastry as the crust for the mini pumpkin pies. It was so easy!

Here are a few other menu ideas:





What To Do

Whenever I get together with friends, my favorite thing to do is talk, but if you want more structured activities to do here are a few ideas:


Games are an easy way to entertain a group of friends! Some of our favorites include:

  • Skull King
  • The Bowl Game – You write down 3 things (like a movie, person, or thing) and then you play three rounds of charades. The first round you can use as many clues as you want to describe the word. The second round you can only act out the clues. And the last round you can only use one word!
  • Camel Up
  • Seven Wonders


Pull out the karaoke machine and let everyone have fun belting out their favorite tunes! You can find karaoke versions of most songs on YouTube.

Pie Party

Different kinds of pie on dark table top with fresh cinnamon, nuts, and spices surrounding.

We do a version of this every year with my husband’s family. Instead of serving a full meal, have everyone bring their favorite pie. Everyone gets to try multiple flavors and you can even have a vote to see which one is the party favorite.

Murder Mystery

Plan a murder mystery with special characters for each guest. This one takes a little more prep beforehand, but it makes for a fun evening once the party gets going!

Movie Night

Who doesn’t love winding down with a good movie? If you have kids over you can play the classic Charlie Brown Thanksgiving while the adults watch something different!


For all of the sports buffs, playing a game of football will really make your party the event of the year! Plan the game strategically (so it’s not after everyone is stuffed!) and make sure your guests know in advance so they’re dressed properly.

Craft Night

Guests can create their own take-home crafts like:

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Pinterest graphic with text and photo of modern Thanksgiving table decor including white pumpkins and pampas grass.

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Your Turn

Are you hosting a last-minute Friendsgiving this year? We hope you found some great ideas in this post. Let us know what you incorporated into your party in the comments!