Seeing as she currently lives in Los Angeles but is from Murray, Kentucky, Molly Sims plays with a delicate balance when it comes to family, friends, and the holidays. Whether she’s spending time in LA or KY, Sims makes sure to extend the Thanksgiving feast from Turkey Day to the subsequent Friday with a much needed Friendsgiving celebration. In anticipation of the season, Sims shared her top seven tips for creating a memorable party with Glam – complete with advice on everything from how to entertain the kiddies to her custom potato bar to her go-to cocktail of choice.
- Create a dish inspired by each guest or couple. For example, my good friend Kishani is a vegetarian, and when she comes for Friendsgiving I always make sure there are “veggie” options she can enjoy! Our favorite dishes are my sweet potato coconut pecan casserole or my honey-roasted carrot and quinoa salad.
- I like to host a casual, family-style Friendsgiving right after Thanksgiving Day and serve leftover sliced turkey with a spicy cranberry salad that is my spin on the traditional staple.
- No southern girl can enjoy the holidays without a gooey potato dish. One of my favorite things to do is create a mini mashed potato bar. Pick crowd-pleasing toppings like fresh chives, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, fried onions, sour cream, and steamed broccoli.
- Now that my adorable son Brooks is part of the celebration, I love to get the kids involved in the day’s festivities. Create a scavenger hunt and have the little ones retrieve holiday- themed items to fill a cornucopia. Have older kids set the table or package up desserts to go.
- Stick with two to three food-friendly wines to place on the table rather than focusing on specific wine pairings. I love to serve Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Both wines are table essentials that complement everything from turkey to savory sides. If you have a large group, pick up Woodbridge 1.5 liter bottles. They’re fun, easy, and generous!
- There is no better holiday scent than a warm, spicy batch of mulled wine filling up the room! I use an approachable red wine like Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon that is “multi-purpose” and can also be poured with dinner.
- Forget pumpkin pie this year! I recently tried a fantastic recipe for pumpkin spice brownies that highlight two of my favorite holiday flavors—chocolate and pumpkin. I’ll be baking batches to gift my Friendsgiving guests!
Regardless of if you’re heading home for Thanksgiving, celebrating the day with friends prior, or hosting your own dinner party, Sims’ tips are easy transferred from the original holiday to the new holiday of Friendsgiving. And to be honest, that mini mashed potato bar sounds like a stellar idea for weekend brunches, regardless of the time of year.