Hi Loves!! It’s that time of year again – with all the joys of the season (family, friends, FOOD) also comes the stress (entertaining, gift shopping, etc). However, the holidays don’t need to be stressful! I’ve teamed up with Angie’s List to share how you can host an amazing Friendsgiving, without all the fuss, so you can focus on what’s really important – having fun with your friends! 🙂
You don’t need to do it alone! There are a ton of services on Angie’s List to help get you Friendsgiving party ready! Finding a pro for a job well done is made easy by simply visiting , joining for free and searching for a service professional. With more than three million consumers nationwide who use Angie’s List, the platform is a leading provider of reviews, offers and information in over 700 service categories – I ensure you, there is a service for everything! My first inquiry was out to find a personal chef. Last year, I cooked for 20 people and was so exhausted by the time the party started that I didn’t even get to enjoy the party! So a personal chef was high on my list! 😉 Little did I know the first person I reached out to was going to be the winner. Antia Carson responded right away – experienced, professional and a total sweet heart. She really simplified everything – from creating a menu, to doing all the grocery shopping, to baking the night before, to arriving early in the morning to start making the turkey, to clean-up – she really did it all!
While she was cooking away, I also hired White Glove Elite, Inc to help straighten up, move furniture around and clean the bathroom. Just having the extra set of hands for two hours helped me significantly!! While it’s nice to have your entire apartment/home clean, in situations like this where guests are only going to be in certain rooms, all you need to do is clean the spaces they will see. This was key! While they were cleaning, I was able to start doing what I really love – decorating. By the time guests started arriving, I was able to mingle and make fun festive cocktails.
The menu she created was AMAZING – adding her little spin to classic recipes, like blood orange cranberry sauce, ginger-garlic sautéed vegetables, and mashed potatoes with cream cheese mixed in! For an appetizer, Anita whipped up scallops and shrimp in a cilantro lime sauce and Sriracha Mayo for dipping – it was such a crown pleaser!!! She really put the personal touches into being a personal chef. Even though, I had help cooking this time around – I learned that there are still shortcuts you can make when hosting your own party! This year, I picked up my favorite pumpkin bisque that I served into shooter glasses and sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds. They were a total hit, and so simple to whip up!
Thinking about hosting a Friendsgiving this year? Here are some more Planning a Friendsgiving party is one thing, but if you are in the market for some major work on your home, consider a paid membership on Angie’s list for extra peace of mind. There are three levels of membership, which begin with basic access and offer increased services at different price points.
- Green – Free-of-charge access to all of the company’s online reviews, digital form of the company’s monthly magazine and customer support via email.
- Silver – Cost is $24.99 a year also includes fair price guarantee, service quality guarantee up to $100,000.
- Gold – Cost is $99.99 a year and also includes access to exclusive eCommerce savings, dispute resolution service and customer service via email and phone.
- Each level beyond free includes all the service offerings of those prior.
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Photography: Luke Polihrom
This post is sponsored by Angie’s List, but all opinions are my own.