Friendsgiving: How to Host Your Best One Yet

Written by: Madi McDonald

Ready to host your first Friendsgiving? Well then you found just the right place. We are here to give you the background of Friendsgiving, ideas/tips on how to host, and activities to make the night a blast.

What is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving comes from the blend of Friends and Thanksgiving. Even though the term “Friendsgiving” seems to have been around for a long time, it is surprisingly new. The term Friendsgiving first appeared around the year 2007 in twitter posts, and around 2008/2009 it started to show up in lifestyle pieces. It wasn’t until 2011 when Friendsgiving appeared in a national ad campaign for Bailey’s Irish Cream. 

Just like how Thanksgiving is typically spent around the table with close friends and family, the new tradition of “Friendsgiving” is just the same, except just with your close knit friends. Friendsgiving is a time to show your thankfulness for your friends and to enjoy with less expectations and stress of an actual Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving is typically hosted around/near the time of Thanksgiving, with the most popular and common days on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving or the Friday after.

Ideas/Tips for Hosting

Being a host can be stressful, but we want to ease that stress and make your Friendsgiving a stress free time. It is important to plan ahead, when you are hosting Friendsgiving, especially when it comes to cooking. A suggestion we have is that you cook the turkey beforehand, so if anyone of your friends need to use the oven or the kitchen, it won’t be crammed in the kitchen. Another piece of advice to hosting, is to ask your friends to bring items, such as food, drinks, games, etc. Make sure that you tell your friends specifically what food/drinks to bring and how much to bring, so you as the host can stay organized and no one will bring a duplicate item. Another tip, is at the end of Friendsgiving, have everyone help in the clean up so you can all get back to enjoying each others company. The last tip I have for you is as a host you may want to include decorations, such as, a festive table display. That could include a festive tablecloth, festive napkins, special plates/silverware, and cute festive centerpieces. Get creative in your decorations, as there are many DIY projects out there with decoration ideas for your Friendsgiving.

Fun Activities

If you are wondering what to do during Friendsgiving besides just sitting down and eating, consider doing some fun activities. We have a list of options below of activities you can do throughout your Friendsgiving. Feel free to get with your friends and plan/make up other types of activities though. There is not limit to what fun activities you can plan during your Friendsgiving!

Halloween Party Treats

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween! Whether you are hosting or attending a Halloween themed party, these treats are sure to make everyone want the recipe. Are you looking for something cute and simple? Make some Reese’s Bats. Interested in a pumpkin-flavored dessert? Try the Pumpkin Fudge! Here are some treats that your friends and family are sure to love!

Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are the perfect traditional treat for a party. If you want something that is cute that everyone will enjoy, these cupcakes are the perfect treat for you!

Halloween Candy Bark

Candy Bark is a common treat during the holidays and this Halloween version adds a colorful twist! This recipe is a simple, unique, and delicious option to impress your friends.

Ghost S’mores Dip

S’mores are a campfire staple that kids and adults will enjoy. This spooky dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for parties with all ages!

Reese’s Bats

These cute bats are a fun treat for any Halloween party! Chocolate and peanut butter is a crowd favorite at any occasion. These cute bats are sure to go fast!

Pumpkin Spice Blondies

These delicious treats require a little more time to make, but it is definitely worth it! Blondies are a classic party treat and these Pumpkin Spice Blondies add a yummy fall twist.

Pumpkin Fudge

If you want to go the extra mile with your fall treats, this Pumpkin Fudge is the perfect dessert for you! It may seem like extra work, but the prep time is only 10 minutes before it chills in the refrigerator until it is set. 

This wide variety of Halloween treats are sure to impress your guests. Whether you are looking for something cute and simple or a divine dessert these treats are perfect for your party!
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What To Do With Your Last Summer Month in Lake Geneva

Go to a beach!

Our favorite beach in Lake Geneva is the Riviera Beach which is conveniently located between some great local shops and restaurants!

Go on a nature walk

Our favorite walk to do in Lake Geneva is the Geneva Lake Shore Path. Round trip it is a beautiful 21 mile hike, but you can shorten the walk to make it as short or as long as you’d like!

Go to a Winery

The Studio Winery in Lake Geneva is a great place to visit over the summer. They have a wide selection of wines and helpful staff who will gladly help you find your perfect bottle. They also feature live music some nights!

Go on a Shopping Spree

Some of our favorite stores are; Delany Street Mercantile for all your unique gift needs, Gallery 223 for a beautiful piece of art, the Lake Geneva Antique Mall for an interesting antique, and the Cornerstone Shop & Gallery for home décor, accessories, and artisan products!

Gallery 223:

Lake Geneva Antique Mall:

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery:

Go to an Outdoor Movie

The Riviera Beach features Moonlight Movies on the Beach once a month. August’s movie will be The Princess Bride and will be played on August 7th at dusk (around 9:00 pm)! This event is FREE, but there will be popcorn, candy and refreshments available for purchase at the concession stand.

Go on a Picnic

Visit one of Lake Geneva’s beautiful parks for a fun picnic with family, friends, and/or a significant other! Our favorite parks are Big Foot Beach State Park and Flat Iron Park.

Big Foot Beach State Park:

Flat Iron Park:

Go to a Concert

Lake Geneva hosts a ton of amazing live performances over the summer. Some of our favorites are: Concerts in the Park which is hosted every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Flat Iron Park, live music by Triple D in the Waterfront every Saturday from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am, and Live Music Fridays every Friday at the Grandview Restaurant.

Concerts in the Park:

The Waterfront:

Grandview Restaurant:

Summer in Lake Geneva, WI

This summer Lake Geneva, Wisconsin has all kinds of fun activities to participate in! Whether you are looking for some family fun or a romantic date night, Lake Geneva has an event for everyone.

Out Of Reality Cartoon Art Exhibit

Come and see hand-drawn sketches, featured Fairytale sketches, and live coloring demonstrations of tips and tricks that help sketches come to life!

When? June 22nd from 9am-6pm & June 23rd from 10am-5pm

Where? Avant Cycle Cafe

Price? FREE

Geneva Outdoor Market

Enjoy a wide variety of vendors and local pop-up shops each week only one mile outside of Lake Geneva!

When? Saturdays from 9am-1pm, June 1st to October 5th

Where? N3252 County Rd H, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Price? FREE

VISIT Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park

Relax in the park while listening to live music in Lake Geneva. With a wide variety of genres, there is a weekend that everyone can enjoy!

When? Thursdays from 6pm-8pm, June 13th to August 8th

Where? Flatiron Park

Price? FREE

Take advantage of the fun and free summer events that Lake Geneva, Wisconsin offers and make this summer one to remember!

Women’s Weekend 2019 Is Finally Here!

Lake Geneva Women’s Weekend 2019 is finally here, April 26th to 28th, and we have the inside scoop on all the events, itineraries, store deals, and parties you need!


This year registration will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Harbor Shores. Here you will sign in for your weekend of fun, receive your goodie bag, and be able to add additional events to your itinerary. The goodie bag is filled with important information like your map of Lake Geneva, the passport of savings, a list of the stores sponsoring the event, and some fun items that the Women’s Weekend Team and local stores decided to throw in!

If you haven’t signed up for Women’s Weekend yet there is still time to get in on all the fun activities listed! Registration will be open until the event begins on Friday, April 26th so you have plenty of time to register and sign up for the events listed of the itinerary below! Just follow this link to get started!

Kickoff Party

The kickoff party is in the Riviera Ballroom from 7:00pm to 11:00pm and is included in the registration fee that you paid. It will include food, drinks, dancing, raffle items and provide the perfect atmosphere for you to let loose and enjoy your weekend away!


For more information on these events check out our events page on our website with this link!

Downtown Artist Series

This year there will be a Downtown Artist Series that is included with registration! Local businesses will be hosting artists work that you can see during your walk through downtown. For more information about the series follow this link!

If you have any questions during the weekend please feel free to ask the Women’s Weekend Team!

Women’s Weekend Sponsors

Strawberry Fields – Bronze Sponsor

Strawberry Fields is a women’s clothing boutique located in downtown Lake Geneva, WI. They carry innovative seasonal collections from a variety of designers, as well as exceptional jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Whether you are looking for an outfit to wear to your next big event or jewelry that will accent your favorite dress, Strawberry Fields has just what you are looking for! Stop by this weekend to find your new favorite outfit!

Stay up to date on all the new fashions with Strawberry Field’s Facebook page!

Supporting Sponsors

The Olive Oil Shops

The Olive Oil Shops in Lake Geneva, WI offer a selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  It also has Gourmet products which includes Pasta and Sauces, Olives and Olive Products, Bloody Mary Mixes and more! Right now they even have Summer Seasonal items such as Barbecue Sauces, Mustards, Ketchups, Mayonnaise and Aioli’s.They also carry beauty products like Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters and Olive Oil Soaps.

For more information visit their website with this link.

Seasons On The Lake

Seasons on the Lake where quality & small town charm blend to create a unique shopping experience for the whole family. It is located downtown Lake Geneva, WI just one block from the lake. They offer all kinds of gifts for every season as well as every day. They carry, Davinci beads, Jim Shore, Demdaco, and so MUCH more. So stop in this weekend and shop the day away!

To stay up to date on all Seasons On The Lake has to offer follow their Facebook page!

Women’s Weekend Supporter Sponsors

C.R. Goodfinds

C.R. Goodfinds is a store in downtown Lake Geneva, WI that sells affordable home accents, seasonal decor, fashion accessories and uncommon gifts. Whether you are looking for a special piece for your kitchen, a gift for someone special, or summer decor that will radiate the positivity of warm weather, C.R. Goodfinds will have just what you are looking for!

For more information visit there website with this link.

Stop in today to discover your good find!

Allison Wonderland

Located in Lake Geneva, WI Allison Wonderland features a wide selection of toys, games, puzzles, and more! They offer products that appeal to all ages and are sure to bring out the inner child in everyone.

For more information visit there website with this link.

Stop by to find the perfect toy for the child in your life!

Balance Bath and Body

Baance Bath and Body isl an eclectic Bath and Body Store in Lake Geneva, WI. They focus on Aromatherapy, Custom Scenting and have a wide variety of Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils to choose from! In addition to their oils they also sell massage tools, foot care products, Fair Trade handmade gifts and jewelry, a small clothing line, and much more!

For more information visit there website with this link.

Drop by today to enjoy their custom scenting bar!

Bangles & Bags

Bangles & Bags is a store in downtown Lake Geneva, WI that has a wide variety of unique handbags, fashion jewelry and accessories. This cute boutique has been voted Best Women’s Accessories, Best Women’s Boutique, and Best Jewelry Store!

For more information visit there website with this link.

Stop by and pick out your new favorite accessory!

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery is the perfect place to shop in Lake Geneva, WI. They offer a wide variety of products including home décor, high-end giftware, boutique women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, and artisan products. Their store even features paintings from local and regional artists, ceramics and hand-blown glass!

For more information visit there website with this link.

Visit Cornerstone Shop & Gallery today to pick out the home decor of your dreams!

Fleming’s Ltd.

Fleming’s Ltd is a store in downtown Lake Geneva, WI that provides unique Irish gifts and exceptional men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to visitors and residents of beautiful Lake Geneva. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special or shopping for your new favorite outfit, Fleming’s has what you are looking for!

For more information visit there website with this link.

Stop by Fleming’s today to pick out the perfect gift!

Twelfth & Brown

Twelfth & Brown is a lifestyle boutique that blends contemporary styles with a vintage touch. They focus on providing affordable on-trend fashions, jewelry and accessories alongside unique home décor and gifts all in one inviting shop in downtown Lake Geneva, WI.

For more information visit there website with this link.

Visit Twelfth & Brown to pick out the perfect outfit for any occasion!

Women’s Weekend Sponsors

Kunes Country – Bronze Sponsor

If you or anyone you know are shopping for a new vehicle, Kunes Country is the perfect place to go! They proudly serve the communities in Southwestern Wisconsin. They offer incredible customer service in both their sales and service departments to give you and your vehicle the best care possible.

Where are they located? Off I-43 on Highway 50 in Delavan, WI.

For more information visit their website with this link.

Stop by today and find the car of your dreams!

Supporter Sponsors

Long Nails

Long Nails is a full service salon in Lake Geneva, WI. Whether you are looking to get your nails done for a special occasion or just want to do something special, Long Nails has exactly what you are looking for. They even offer complimentary wine to customers over 21 years old!

For more information visit their website with this link.

Stop by to relax and get pampered!

Element Massage Studio

Element Massage Studio offers a variety of services to help your relax and be rejuvenated. They offer both indulgent and therapeutic sessions where they provide the expert, specialized therapy you expect and deserve.

For more information visit their website with this link.

Book an appointment today to relax and be pampered!

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up is one of Lake Geneva’s most well known bars! Visitors enjoy giant Jenga, darts, beer pong, pool, and dance the night away to an incredible DJ mix or live band. Stop by Thumbs Up for a night of fun with friends and try one of their specialty drinks or one of Wisconsin’s legendary craft beers!

Heart & Sol Cafe

Heart & Sol Cafe is a casual health food restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI. Whether you are looking for a refreshing smoothie, gourmet sandwich, or delicious desert, Heart & Sol Cafe has just what your are looking for!

For more information visit their website with this link.

Visit Heart & Sol Cafe and try their healthy and delicious choices!

Popeye’s on Lake Geneva

Popeye’s is a name everyone knows and loves, but the Popeye’s on Lake Geneva takes it to another level. With delicious food, a great view, and outdoor dining in the warm months, Popeye’s on Lake Geneva is the perfect spot for dinner with family and friends!

For more information visit their website with this link.

Stop by today and try their delicious fish fry!

Fun Easter Treats

Easter is an exciting holiday with egg hunts, candy, and family time that everyone looks forward too. This year, bring a treat that the whole family will love! Here are a few suggestions:

Easter Chick Cupcakes

These cupcakes are bright, fun, and topped off with Peeps. Not only are they cute, but these delicious vanilla and buttercream frosted cupcakes are sure to be loved by even picky eaters.

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Dirt Cups

Dirt cups are a classic treat that kids love. Put a fun Easter twist on them this year with candy eggs and Peeps instead of gummy worms!

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Butt Pretzels – Peanut Butter Easter Treats

These treats are the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Try these Bunny Butt Pretzels this holiday and give your family a treat they will love.

Find the recipe here!

Easter Egg Popcorn Bars

These festive bars are cute, yummy, and easy to make. With marshmallows, kettle corn, and mini Cadbury eggs as the main three ingredients, your kids will be asking you to make this delicious treat again next Easter!

Find the recipe here!

Easter Oreo Bark

This recipe is simple, quick, and requires almost no prep time. Made with vanilla candy coating, crushed Oreos, and sprinkles, it can not get much tastier than that!

Find the recipe here!

Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests

This fun twist on sugar cookies brings the Easter egg hunt inside. Made with cookies and mini Cadbury eggs, everyone will love them. Check out the recipe site to see how they can even double as place settings!

Find the recipe here!

Which recipe will you try this Easter?

Bronze Sponsors

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast is Lake Geneva’s #1 rated bed and breakfast and is just a short walk from downtown! Seven Oaks is the perfect getaway for you and your special someone. With no children, free wifi, a two-person spa tub, a private porch, and more, Seven Oaks is the perfect place to relax with the one you love!

For more information about Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast follow this link!

Le Cookery

Le Cookery is the perfect store for anyone who likes cooking or baking. They have all kinds of kitchenware, cookware, tableware, cooking gadgets, and gifts for you and your kitchen! Since 1990 Le Cookery has been providing high-quality products and hard-to-find cooking gadgets to its shoppers.

For more information about Le Cookery follow this link!

Lake Lawn Resort

Lake Lawn Resort is the ultimate year-round getaway. It offers award-winning cuisine, the Calladora Spa, golf course, fitness facilities, activities, and more!  There is something to do for everyone in the family at the Lake Lawn Resort. Plan your next vacation at the Lake Lawn Resort!For more information about Lake Lawn Resort follow this link!