Tis' the season for celebration! We can't think of a better way to kick off the holidays than with a table full of friends. We've put together some foolproof (and crowd-pleasing) hosting tips to get this parTEA started.
Here are some of our favorite hosting ideas for a fabulous Friendsgiving!
STOCK THE FRIDGE
It probably goes without saying but a parTEA isn't a party without the Boozy! For an easy celebration, stock up with these Friendsgiving your essentials:
3 Bottles of Your Favorite Red
3 Bottles of Your Favorite White
Owl's Brew Spiced Chai & Cranberry
Other parTEA items we always have on hand are: bitters, these are great to add to sparkling water if someone is not drinking! Ice, always have more than less! A shaker, 'cuz those cocktails aren't going to mix themselves 😉
SET A THEME
Hosting should be fun. Create a theme for the night! Some themes we’ve been brewing up:
Pajama ParTEA! Hey, you're hosting at home right? Stay extra cozy and did we mention, it makes for some super cute photos.
Ugly Sweater ParTEA - Jump into the spirit a little early and celebrate both Friendsgiving and Christmas in one night. We’re all thankful for the holiday season, right?
Potluck ParTEA - Everyone has their own specialty! Let your guests show off too. Potluck means slightly less work for you as the host-- and it's fun for the guests to show off their specialty!
Game night - Good food, good drinks and good games...what could be better? We love the classics, Clue, Pictionary, Scattergories, Categories & Cards Against Humanity (to name a few).
Brunch-giving! - Who said Friendsgiving had to be a dinner? A little daytime soiree might just do the trick.
& if those aren't doing it for you, check out our blog with 4 more fun themes
CREATE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
DO NOT worry we have got you covered for this one. Our best advice, keep them simple! You don't want to be batching complicated cocktails all night. Once you have your cocktail, make a fun name and a little menu (old frames you have lying around are perfect for this). Your guests will love that you are prepared and aren’t serving basic vodka sodas. Here are three easy recipes we LOVE:
There is no better way to set the mood than with some good tunes and nice lighting. An Instagrammable moment is EVERYTHING. Pics or it didn't happen ;)
Edison lights add charm if your gathering is indoor or outdoor. Tea candles also create a really lovely intimate vibe, and are inexpensive. Lighting in your space tells the story. Make sure your guests can feel the vibe you're going for!
Go ahead and create a fun playlist and get the music squared away! One less thing to worry about when your guests arrive and the parTEA has started.
SET THE TABLE
Flowers, candles, and pretty glassware go a long way! We love these female-led brands:
Gabriel Glas - Elevate your drink game with their incredible glassware. Our personal favorite is the DrinkArt stemless glass!
Floracracy - Flowers add an additional ambiance to the table! Pick a seasonal flower and let it bloom throughout your festive tablescape. Something fun our team has been doing is purchasing dried flowers. You can reuse these later on, giving them a second purpose + life making them more sustainable.
DEHV Candle Co - Candles are a perfect way to add a unique light to an intimate table setting! DEHV has a candle for every theme/mood you could want! If we could only choose one, you know we'd choose Spice ✨
Now that you are ready for guests, raise a glass to your friends, kick back and celebrate the season!
The Owl's Brew Crew
Owl's Brew Friendsgiving Cocktail Menu
Cranberry Chai Cosmo - 6oz Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea
Garnish: Rosemary sprigs
Pour half of a chilled can of Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea and vodka into a coup glass and stir. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve.
Sparkling Bourbon Punch - 6oz of Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea
Garnish: Cinnamon sticks
Pour a chilled can of Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea and bourbon into a glass and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.
Spiced Rum Fizz - 6oz can Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea
1oz Spiced Rum
Garnish: Apple slices
Pour a can of Spiced Chai & Cranberry Boozy Tea and spiced rum over ice and stir. Garnish with apple slices and serve.