Friendsgiving Traditions and Activities for Families with Kids

friendsgiving traditions

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Friendsgiving traditions are something we are trying to create with our friends and children.

This year we have decided to get together with a couple of our closest friends and their families to celebrate with a Friendsgiving before Thanksgiving day.

We are planning something fun and memorable and low stress. I am super excited.

As a child of divorced parents, holidays have been such a source of tension in my life for so many years. I want to make new traditions free from all of that for my own little family.

Friendsgiving Traditions

Friendsgiving Food

We are planning to have each family bring a soup and a pie to share. Soup and pie. So simple. So FUN! Who doesn’t like soup and pie?!

No checking the turkey to make sure it’s cooked enough to prevent food poisoning. No checking the turkey to make sure it’s not so cooked we will choke to death eating it.

Just happy, simple, soup and pie!

Now I’m not sure what kind of soup we will be bringing. My husband isn’t a huge fan of soups, but he usually digs things like lobster bisque, so I’m thinking I’ll go in that general direction if I can.

Creamy. Comforting. Delicious.

I may bring some pumpkin goodies along as well, because well, pumpkin!

On the other hand, the pie will be some kind of apple concoction. We have a plethora of apples at the moment.

We took our daughters apple picking at a nearby orchard. What an incredibly memorable day that was, and a family tradition we plan to continue through their childhoods.

I’m considering baking more of a crisp like this one from Joy In Our Journey because I’m beginning to get back on track with THM (Trim Healthy Mama). However, the hosting family isn’t really a fan of THM (yet!) so I may go a more traditional route with something like this apple pie from Spend With Pennies. It looks so easy and delicious!

Friendsgiving Activities

We also plan to do some crafts to make memories and keep all the kiddos occupied.

Our favorite options are using a paper rollto make leaf rubbings with crayons and creating a gratitude tree like this one from Creative Juice. I really hope to establish traditions that focus the children on gratitude and I think having our own centerpieces focused on that idea is the perfect idea!

Some other Friendsgiving Activities for Kids we May Consider:

Thankful Turkey Kid Craft and Book

Turkey Cone Party Hats

Easy Clay Pot Turkey Craft

Paper Bag Turkey Puppets

Turkey Tracks! Turkey Art for Kids

What are your special “Friendsgiving” traditions?

I would love to hear more ideas!


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