In the spirit of togetherness and gratitude, Friendsgiving has become more than just a trend; it’s a cherished tradition. As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to create lasting memories in your new Tim Lewis Communities home. Let’s explore five meaningful and fun Friendsgiving traditions to start in your new home this year.


Friends giving toasts for each other at Friendsgiving. 

1: Nature Walk for Decor

When it comes to Friendsgiving, you can’t underestimate the importance of ambiance. A warm and inviting setting is key to any successful Friendsgiving. Decorating your home with fall accents, candles, and a beautifully set table creates an atmosphere that encourages gratitude and togetherness.

Need some help in the decor department? Look no further than the great outdoors! Turn your decor into a fun, free activity that the whole group can enjoy. One of the best parts of fall is the crisp, invigorating air and the vibrant colors of the changing leaves. Why not embrace the season by going on a nature walk? Invite your Friendsgiving guests to explore the great outdoors and gather treasures like colorful leaves, pinecones, acorns, and other natural elements. These can be used to create stunning table decorations that bring the season’s beauty indoors.


Someone writing what they are grateful for to put on a Gratitude Tree. 

2: A Gratitude Tree

Gratitude lies at the heart of Friendsgiving, and a Gratitude Tree is a beautiful way to express it. Create a tree centerpiece (you can use sticks that you find on your nature walk and some hot glue; it doesn’t have to be elaborate!) and provide guests with paper leaves and markers. Ask them to write down things they’re grateful for and hang them on the tree. As the evening unfolds, take moments to read these messages aloud, fostering a sense of gratefulness and connection among your friends.


Someone preparing a recipe to bring for the recipe swap at Friendsgiving. 

3: A Recipe Swap

Food is a central element of any Friendsgiving celebration. From sides to mains to desserts, there’s an opportunity for everyone to bring a dish that they love to make (and, more importantly, love to eat!). Elevate your Friendsgiving by introducing a recipe swap tradition. Along with the dish itself, each guest can bring copies of their favorite recipe to share with others. This way, everyone leaves with a collection of new culinary inspirations to enjoy throughout the year, and they already know how good the recipe will turn out! It’s a delicious way to bond over a shared love for good food.



4: Friendsgiving Toasts

After your recipe swap, it’s time for toasts! Toasts are a time-honored tradition at gatherings, but this year, let’s make them extra special. Get your guest list together ahead of time, and assign each person another guest to write a toast for. It can be random, or you can pick who gets who! Encourage your guests to prepare heartfelt toasts, expressing their gratitude and appreciation for the friendships gathered around the table. These moments of reflection can turn an ordinary meal into an unforgettable experience full of joy, laughter, and gratitude for good company.


Friends playing interactive games at Friendsgiving. 

5: Interactive Games

To keep the fun going after the feast, plan some interactive games and fun activities. You can opt for fall-themed games, like “Capture the Pumpkin” (a twist on Capture the Flag), or go for board games, card games, or other fun activities like a scavenger hunt. For a tech-savvy twist, consider group video games, such as those found in the Jackbox Party Pack, which can provide hours of laughter and entertainment with just your smartphones and a little creativity. 


Enjoy Fun Friendsgiving Traditions in Your New Home

Friendsgiving is more than just a meal; it’s a time to cherish the company of friends and loved ones. By embracing these five new traditions in your new Tim Lewis Commuities home, you’re not only creating lasting memories but also building a sense of togetherness and gratitude that will resonate throughout the year. 

If you’re dreaming of hosting the ultimate Friendsgiving celebration in the home of your dreams, we want to partner with you to make that dream come true. Reach out today to start the journey toward your dream home!