While we’re all for scoring great deals, Black Friday is an event that can be enjoyed beyond the shopping mall. In fact, we love the idea of hosting a gathering complete with Thanksgiving leftovers and lots of newly purchased goodies (all bought on sale — of course!)
Whether you’re planning on making the affair a casual night in or a full-fledged holiday party, here are 5 ways to enjoy the most celebrated shopping day of the year — no mall trip required!
- Make Black Friday-themed drinks. A day of battling mall crowds is enough to leave you wanting a nice stiff drink. So why not make it one that’s on-theme? This Black Friday Detox Cocktail has a little bit of liquor to loosen the edge, and the activated charcoal ingredient is actually good for you, too (especially after a full day of feasting!) The black tint is only a bonus to make it feel more festive for the occasion. We’ll certainly cheers to that!
- Use a festive dinner tablescape. Staying fueled during the day should be your #1 priority. What better way to do this than by surrounding yourself with a tablescape that totally sets the mood. We’re loving this idea of a setting that brings the shopping spirit to your dining room. Using dollar store finds and items from a child’s kitchen play set, recreate an ensemble that says everything about the day in one statement. Now if only that Monopoly money could be used in real stores . . .
- Create a post-shopping sweets bar. Here’s a great way to make use of the leftover pecan pie or bite-sized brownies you made from the night before. Stage a table with trays, pie holders and sleek serveware all decked out in the day’s signature color — black. Make it grab ‘n’ go friendly by placing plates and silverware in easy access so hungry shoppers can help themselves before or after their trips. Note: We encourage both!
- Give thanks by collecting for charity. Keep the spirit of the season in mind. The best way to do this — without seeming too pushy — is to set out charitable donation boxes for your guests to contribute to after the shopping’s over. We’re loving this DIY option, which is an upgrade on your typical box. Just don’t forget to give friends the heads-up so they can allocate their spending lists accordingly. Ultimately, once their day of splurging is over, they’ll feel better knowing some of their items went to a worthy cause.
- Host a ‘shopping-themed’ movie marathon. After a long day, your tired crew will look forward to a low-key evening. So a movie night is just what the shoppers ordered. Stash your living room with snacks, blankets and all of their favorite comfort items to make it an elevated experience. Bonus points for showing fashion-themed flicks like Clueless or The Devil Wears Prada to set the tone after a fun-filled day.
Which Black Friday entertaining ideas are you loving most? Don’t feel like you’re limited to only one!