Lighten the Load This Year with a Friendsgiving Cocktail Hour!

It can be quite the heavy lift to plan both a Thanksgiving and a Friendsgiving get together. That being said, we still want to honor each group of people and spend time together giving thanks. So, in the holiday spirit, we decided to plan a Friendsgiving cocktail hour this year! All the fun, but a whole lot less work when it comes to the food. If you opt for a potluck, have each friend bring their favorite Thanksgiving-inspired appetizer to share with the group. Finger food is a lot simpler and gives you an opportunity for more variety, especially with fun twists on such a classic and iconic meal! Check out some of our favorite inspiration appetizers below!

The Everyday Girl's Solution to Wedding Receptions: Cocktail Hour!

In the last couple of years, more and more brides have skipped the traditional route and opted for a casual buffet in lieu of a pricey sit down meal at their receptions. It sounds great in theory, but even buffets tend to break the bank. You have to account for people wanting seconds or thirds, there needs to be seemingly endless amounts of everything, and it’s easy for the food budget to spiral out of control. If you’re planning a wedding, keep your own budget in check by going even more non-traditional with a simple cocktail hour menu!

Choosing a cocktail hour style for your reception menu is an increasingly popular trend among brides. Let’s be real - not everyone has the financial capabilities of throwing a ritzy, black-tie affair with a three-course meal served to each guest. But the good news is you can still have an extravagant reception - just ditch the fancy courses! Save some money in the food department and assign it to the drink budget instead. Focus on creating some drinks with flair instead of channeling all your energy into perfecting the menu! If you’re having a ton of guests, chances are they’d prefer some delicious cocktails or an open bar over a heavy meal that’ll keep them off the dance floor. You’ll still serve up some jaw-dropping appetizers that’ll have your guests feel like guests at the most lavish affair imaginable, but on an everyday girl budget - it’s a win-win!

We put together a list of some of the prettiest, tastiest bite foods out there. Check them out, and pick out a few that match the vibe you’re going for - no matter what, we promise your guests will be drooling over these delicious apps!

How to Choose the Right Menu

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One of the biggest financial decisions for your wedding day is the food and menu. Aside from picking from a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, it’s important to decide how to present and serve the food to your guests, all while keeping your budget in mind!

If you want a more casual way of serving food, having a buffet at your wedding is a great choice! With a buffet, guests will be able to have the freedom of getting whichever food they desire, and you are able to have a wider variety of food available. Having a buffet may be a little pricey due to ordering vast amount of food to feed everyone, especially if people would want seconds!

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Image Credit: The Perfect Palette

To opt for a more formal dining option, having a plated, sit-down dinner at your reception is the way to go! Guests will typically be served a three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), where there will be 2-3 options for food choices. Having a plated dinner is more organized since everyone will be seated and eating at the same time. After getting a head count for your wedding, having a sit-down dinner is budget friendly since you can order the exact amount of food you need.





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Having a cocktail-style reception is a great way to provide food for your guests if you want to avoid a long sit-down meal as well as larger portions of food. Hors d’oeuvres are usually served, giving guests plenty of options of smaller foods. Cocktail style receptions are also perfect to have your guests mingle and meet each other! Having a variety of smaller portioned foods is a good way to save money on your big day!