Friendsgiving tips are what we’re talking about today. This fun take on Thanksgiving has really taken hold across the country, and it’s not hard to see why. Most of us have friends who we already considered family, so why not host a get-together honoring them and showing them how thankful we are to have them in our lives? After all, in many cases, they’re just as important to us as our blood relatives. I’m super excited to share some Friendsgiving tips I’ve learned over the years to make this special event the best it can possibly be.
First thing’s first. Before decor, lighting, or anything else, make sure you have enough food and drink. Nothing kills a get-together like running out of food and beverages. Along the same lines as making sure you have enough food, make your Friendsgiving a potluck affair. Everyone brings their favorite dish, which ensures that there is plenty of food – and bonus – much less cleanup for the host!
Before we dive deeper into food, let’s think about the decor. I’ve always felt that Friendsgiving should be a more laid-back affair. So rather than going all out for a Pinterest-level tablescape and room decor, I like to keep it simple. Things like cute little pumpkins on the table and some fall colored cloth napkins go a long way to creating a festive vibe without getting too fancy.
Speaking of keeping things low key, one of my favorite Friendsgiving tips is to have all your potluck dishes out on the dining room table and kitchen bar. With everything out waiting for everyone to dig in, it keeps the event flowing, festive, and lighthearted. Of course, everyone will just have to find a spot to plop down to eat and talk, but that’s really part of the fun.
The most important of all my Friendsgiving tips is to keep the holiday food tasty and reduce some of the sugar that comes with it. Truvia makes Cane Sugar and Brown Sugar Blends, which are great alternatives that help reduce the amount of sugar in a dish. It’s the perfect replacement in any food or drink in which we’d normally use sugar, from coffee to baked goods and more.
The Sugar Blends even bake and brown like sugar! The Cane Sugar Blend I used in the Apple Cake recipe has 75% fewer calories per serving than regular sugar.
With that, here’s my mama’s famous Apple Cake Recipe that she’s been baking for us for years, perfect for any Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving celebration this season!
Apple Cake Recipe:
5 apples, sliced thin
5 teaspoons of Truvia Cane Sugar Blend
2 tsp cinnamon
Combine and set aside
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups Truvia Cane Sugar Blend
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix together: flour, Truvia Cane Sugar Blend, salt, eggs, oil, vanilla, and orange for about three minutes.
Next add in your baking soda and baking powder.
Layer in a greased angel cake pan 1/3 batter, 1/2 apples, 1/3 batter, 1/2 apples, 1/3 batter.
Bake 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Cool in pan and remove to plate for serving.
Follow these Friendsgiving tips and try out this delicious Apple Cake (not pie) recipe for a joyous, and not too stressful, get-together with your beloved friends this season. After all, we’re into that time of year when everything seems so much more exciting and happy. AND so much sweeter!