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Friendsgiving Ideas: 5 Creative Ways to Celebrate

Ready to create more memories with your family of choice this holiday season?

Friendsgiving is a great reason to gather, catch up, and share that one ‘interesting’ dish—because somebody’s guaranteed to have found a random recipe on TikTok 🤭

So, be the best host for your best friends.

Get inspired by these 5 ideas to help you plan, decorate, and entertain to make it a memorable and mindful Friendsgiving for everyone.

Here’s what to do and what to bring (or gift) for a holiday gathering with friends.

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Here’s 5 reasons why a candle gift set makes the perfect gift:

5 Creative Friendsgiving Ideas

1. Flex Your Culinary Creativity: Friendsgiving Menu

Friendsgiving Dinner

Get creative with your Friendsgiving menu. Add timeless & traditional dishes and, for a bit more fun, the TikTok-inspired 🍽️

You could make the core dishes and ask your friends to bring the sides.

Or, for all the super hosts out there, feel free to own the night and whip up all the treats 🧑‍🍳

Traditional Dishes

Think turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

These tried-and-true favorites are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, and they’ll bring everyone back to their favorite holiday memories.

Plus, who can resist the aroma of a freshly roasted turkey, sweet butternut squash, or a warm pumpkin pie? 🥧

RELATED: Make your party smell goooood with this gourmand fragrance →

Unique Twists on Classics

Dare to be different this Friendsgiving by adding unique twists to classic dishes.

No, seriously. You really have to be bold to do this.

Experiment with new flavors, ingredients, or a unique pan shape to make your meal or dish stand out.

Unexpected flavor combinations can give your friends something to talk about for years to come.

Dietary Accommodations

Know before you host.

Ask if any of your friends have dietary restrictions or preferences. The goal is for all of your guests to enjoy your Friendsgiving feast!

Offer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options so everyone can indulge.

Think gluten-free stuffing to dairy-free pumpkin pie—there are plenty of mouth-watering alternatives that cater to different dietary needs.

2. Transform Your Space: Fall Harvest Décor

Friendsgiving Decor

You can really go all out here or keep it simple with mini pumpkins and fall candles.

We’ve got tips for both!

Team ‘Go All Out’

Candelabras, gourds, and dried floral arrangements, oh my!

Roll up your sleeves, let your creativity flow, and transform your space into a Friendsgiving wonderland with themed decorations, DIY centerpieces, and personalized place settings.

Think name cards, customized napkin rings, or dried hay and other floral arrangements.

Your theme and thoughtful details will add a touch of personality and excitement to your celebration and make your Friendsgiving party feel extra special.

Team ‘Keep it Simple’

No time to break out the glue gun for DIY decor? No problem.

Keep it simple with a few fall harvest essentials. Think of a quality, textured fabric tablecloth with a simple centerpiece of mini pumpkins and a scented candle (for ambiance).

What matters most is time spent with friends, so even simple decor can yield grand and unforgettable Friendsgiving memories.

RELATED: Invite ease to your space with this in-season candle →

3. Foster Friendly Competition: Card Games & Icebreakers


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Friengsgiving card games

Who’s ready for a little friendly competition?

We love a good mac & cheese contest or a card or icebreaker game to bring out the competitive spirit among friends.

Icebreaker Games

Break the ice and help your old and new friends get to know each other with fun games like Thanksgiving bingo or trivia.

Card games are always a classic. And if you really want to get deep (or awkward), break out a conversation card deck of your choice.

Creative Contests

Friendsgiving comes once a year. And it is the time to show off in the kitchen.

Host a creative food contest, like a charcuterie board competition or pie-baking contest, to showcase your friends’ talents and encourage friendly competition.

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4. Amplify Gratitude: Group Notes & Journaling

Gratitude candle with journal

When the group chat meets in IRL, it’s time to exchange notes.

Honest, heartfelt, hand-written notes.

Jot down what you’re grateful for in your friendship and the year, and share it with your friends.

Then, spend some time doing a collective group journaling exercise.

Consider these three gratitude journal prompts to start:

• Today, we are grateful for __________.

• I feel __________ by our Friendsgiving today because __________.

• Three qualities we admire about our Friendsgiving host.

RELATED: Gratitude meets home décor with this keepsake candle →

5. Group Yoga or Meditation, Anyone?

If your friend crew is into a little physical and mental exercise, roll out the yoga mats and stream your favorite workout or meditation track.

Start your Friendsgiving gathering with an exercise of mindfulness to build deeper connections among your friends and within yourself.

Friendsgiving Ideas: In Summary

We hope you’re inspired to be the best host for your best friends with these fun & creative activities for Friendsgiving.

Here’s to more ‘wow’-worthy meals, memories with friends, and the space to celebrate thanks 🙌

Spoken Flames candle gift sets

6. Candles can help increase focus in a work from home environment

The rise in WFH and remote work means our workspaces are full of comforts—and distractions. But why would anyone light a candle at their work desk? To keep those distractions at bay. From chatty co-workers (albeit via Slack) to social media, candles are a thoughtful corporate gift that can help us focus and create space for us to do our best work.

Consider it a productivity hack. 💡

The presence of a candle flame can set a calming mood. Wooden wick candles in particular have a unique soft-crackling sound, which can serve as natural and relaxing ambient sound in one’s space. Plus, select scent profiles, like citrus, woody or a floral scent of a scented candle can influence physiological responses that help keep the mind on track.

7. Candles can be an environmentally responsible gift choice

First, it‘s a candle, next it’s their favorite whiskey glass. 🥃

Depending on the candle’s vessel, most candle jars can be upcycled after the burn cycle of the candle. It can be used as storage, glassware and more, so you can feel good knowing that your gift will keep on giving! And your candle gift (once upcycled) can be a pleasant reminder, if not a conversation piece in their home, of your thoughtfulness.

A candle gift set solves my gifting needs—but wait! I don’t know what candle scent they may like 😟

Bonus tip: How to pick a candle scent for a gift

So a candle gift set meets your needs, but you’re not sure what scents they like 😟 Pro tip: consider an unscented candle or a gift set that offers a variety of scents.

The unique thing about Spoken Flames’ Trio Sets is that each candle gift set has a variety of scents with great range—from woody, citrus and floral in our F, Yes Collection, for example.

Your gift recipient would never get bored, and it increases your chances for satisfaction with a broad range of scents in their hands.

Because Spoken Flames candles are message-driven, our motivating candle statements (even without scent) mean that you’ll still win big with this meaningful gifting choice!

Best Candles for Friendsgiving

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Butternut squash, bark, star anise

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Autumn Ease Candle
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Bergamot, cedar embers, fresh hay

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What makes Spoken Flames candles so unique?

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Sensory candle experience

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Soothing soft-crackling wooden wicks

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Unique golden shimmer while lit

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Fragrances by expert perfumers

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All natural coconut wax blend

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50+ hour burn time