How to Host a Kids Friendsgiving Party

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  One party I’ve always wanted to host is a Friendsgiving gathering, though every year the holidays creep up on me and there is never enough time.  This year, instead of me hosting one, I let my kids!

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It’s very simple to do and so much fun for the kids. A Friendsgiving party doesn’t require an invitation, in our case we just texted a couple friends and invited them over for a fun afternoon together!

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It’s nice to offer your guests a light snack or simple lunch. My daughter Ally and I made turkey sandwiches using a circle and flower cookie cutter.  Add edible eyeballs, a beak made of cheese and a gobbler made from a fruit strip and watch the sandwich come to life. They were a hit!

To dress up your party table, make apple plates with plain red plates, and brown and green construction paper cut into a stem and leaf.  My son Hudson absolutely loved helping make these for his guests.

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My kids are crazy for Tree Top apple juice. Tree Top is a grower-owned co-op made right here in Washington and the only major brand that uses 100% USA apples for their apple juice and apple sauce! The apple juice cans are so darling, they were a perfect beverage for our Friendsgiving lunch! Pop a striped straw inside and even the littlest children feel like they’re getting something for big people!

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Since parents are not likely to sit and dine on turkey shaped sandwiches, offer a cider bar with cinnamon donuts to snack on.  I made a big beverage dispenser of Tree Top’s Honeycrisp Apple Juice garnished with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.  It tastes just like fall!  Gather and stack vintage enamelware mugs for a festive harvest feel.

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When I throw a party, I always try to make sure I have at least one craft and one activity for kids.  It keeps the kids busy and the party moving along.  For Ally and Hudson’s Friendsgiving party, they chose a classic fall activity, bobbing for apples!  You wouldn’t believe how excited the kids were to do this.  I was shocked they all wanted a turn bobbing!

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For party decor, use lots of pumpkins, gourds and apples.  No need for store bought decorations when you can fill it with naturals.  I loved using the apples with the typical fall pumpkins.  I don’t think apples are used enough in fall decor.  They add the perfect pop of red!

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What’s a party without dessert?  With a small gathering there is no need for a whole dessert table but it’s still fun to make a few special treats for everyone to enjoy.  We made caramel apples with an assortment of toppings, mini apple pies and apple, pumpkin and leaf sugar cookies.

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After everyone was sugared up, the kids made a turkey apple!  This is a fun craft for classroom parties or even while you’re waiting for the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving!

You’ll need:
apples
toothpicks
gumdrops
raisins
marshmallows

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Use a muffin tin to hold the different crafting pieces and keep an eye on little kids with toothpicks!

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They turned out so cute! The great part is, they turn into a snack for later!

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Send guests home with a treat for the road.  Many times kids are so preoccupied at a party they don’t eat.  My kids are famous for getting in the car after a birthday party and saying “I’m Starvvving!”.  They end up getting so busy playing that they forget to eat.  We sent our friends home with Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches, a healthy snack for the car!  They are non-perishable and portable so kids can take them on the go without a mess! With a long-standing passion for growing, producing and innovating world-class fruit products, Tree Top is the good pick for families.

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Have you ever hosted a Friendsgiving? If so, do you do it on Thanksgiving day or beforehand?

Photography by Laura Marchbanks

THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. JENNY COOKIES HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM TREE TOP IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTING, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN AND I ONLY PROMOTE PRODUCTS/COMPANIES I LOVE.

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