Since so many of us are children of the 90s - Friends loomed large, and there was no cooler way to celebrate the pilgrims in the 90s and early 00s, than by watching our favorite Thursday night sitcom. The idea of a group of friends (and siblings and significant others) celebrating the holiday in denim and turtlenecks was pretty cool then, and an homage to it now sounds pretty cool to us here at TWIF.
Since you are hosting a Friendsgiving feast - consider asking your friends to bring canned items to donate or to bring donation dollars to share with the local food bank.
Attire: be sure to keep the attire 90s themed, turtlenecks, denim, berets, a handle bar moustache (thanks Richard!) and some "Thanksgiving pants”—Rachel’s maternity jogger pants that Joey wears to eat as much as possible—are a great start.
Menu: Generally our favorite Friends ate traditional Thanksgiving fare - but in one very memorable episode, Rachel made a terrible trifle featuring dessert ingredients and a mistaken beef and onion layer.
We suggest making a non-‘feet tasting’ version:
Décor: Keep it simple. Twenty-somethings in New York were not decorating like crazy, but a flannel tablecloth, mismatched china and some thrifty finds are a great accent to any 90s feast!
There are a few key items to really impress everyone with your Friends theme:
- Be sure your guests know not to knock, but announce themselves when they walk in the door, greet every guest with a round of applause like what happens on the show!
- Turkey hats - remember the time Monica got her head stuck in a turkey?! Well, this is a non-traumatizing recreation here to wear yourselves:
There was a party episode where Phoebe was not trusted to bring anything, so she was assigned cups and the ice. In true Phoebe form, she brought six kinds of ice and made the cups into party hats. All you need for this one is Solo cups, decorations, glue, and some string. And VOILA! Fun hats for everyone or a fun craft for your guests.
Music: there are tons of amazing and terrible 90s hits. Stick with upbeat and breezy songs for your dinner party and be sure to include the Friends theme song.
-Rachel Ullstrom, Blog Manager