Friendsgiving – the holiday where we spend the day watching the most classic Friends episodes and stuff our faces with endless amounts of turkey, dressing, and casseroles. Okay okay, that’s not really what Friendsgiving is (even though I’m highly considering this version for next year). This holiday is a day where friends who are like family come together to celebrate their shared love of carbs, vino, and each other (and mentally prepare for the real thing- deep breaths everyone).
A group of my friends will be celebrating Friendsgiving this coming Sunday, so I wanted to share some menu options, what to wear, and what to bring to thank your hostess with the mostess.
Disclaimer: I’m not hosting Friendsgiving this year because we will be driving back from Houston that day. So since I will have a short time to prepare, I needed a recipe that is quick and easy but still a crowd pleaser. Green Bean Casserole has always been my “go to” dish for any holiday celebration. I acquired this recipe from a random cookbook my pledge class created in college (#ChiOTillIDieO), and every year I’m always asked to share the recipe because it’s THAT GOOD. Like so good that my friend’s husband who doesn’t eat green beans raved about it!
Green Bean Casserole
3 tablespoons butter 2 cups grated cheese
16 0z. sour cream 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1 tablespoon flour 3 packages frozen French style green beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt 1 can French fried onions
- Cook green beans according to the directions on package (stove top).
- Melt butter in saucepan and saute onions.
- Add soup, sour cream, half the grated cheese, salt, and flour. Bring to a boil for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
- Drain water from cooked beans, combine, and mix well with sauce. (Note: Depending on taste, you may not want to use all of the green beans.)
- Place in casserole dish (greased with cooking spray) and top with remaining cheese.
- Baked covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Uncover, top with French fried onions, and bake 5 more minutes. (Note: If transporting, you may want to wait until you arrive at your destination for this step to prevent onions getting soggy.)
What to Wear
All of my Thanksgiving celebrations (including the real deal on Thursday) are pretty casual when it comes to dress. A cute sweater dress or a denim top and a scarf – like the silk ones c/o Melifluos I’m wearing above- is perfectly acceptable for the occasion. And if you’re nervous that you aren’t dressy enough, you can always add this pair of OTK boots (for under $100) to add that extra somethin-somethin. (But let’s be honest, the important thing to keep in mind is dressing for the food bump 😉
Here are some of my top picks for the holiday:
The Hostess Gift
Every true Southern gal knows the cardinal rule of party season: never show up empty-handed. Think of the hostess gift is the final accessory you need to create the perfect oufit. Now I’m not saying you need to break the bank (because Lord knows the holidays are already expensive enough), but showing up with a small gesture of gratitude really shows that you care. I mean, how cute are these festive socks that are only $6! I’ve included some options to fit literally EVERY budget!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment and share how thankful I am for all of you. These last few months of blogging have been such an exciting new journey for me, and I am grateful to have you be a part of it!
Photography by Teri Lynam