Friendsgiving Progressive Dinner with Your Neighbors

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Have you ever thought about having a Friendsgiving Progressive Dinner with your neighbors?

What a great way to celebrate with your neighbors. You are only responsible for one course and you don’t need to call an uber.

You of course can do this with a group of friends who might not be neighbors.

picture of a table set with a floral arrangement, candles and a tureen with Friendsgiving punch

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I want to thank Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home for hosting this fun blog hop.

Be sure to visit all the blogs for some great Friendsgiving Inspiration

If you’re coming from Pasha at Pasha is Home I hope you enjoyed her Friendsgiving Table Setting

What is a Progressive Dinner?

Progressive dinners were very popular in the ’70s (when I was in High School)

My parents always seemed to be participating in a progressive dinner party.

I also remember them being fondue parties sometimes. Another big ’70s thing!

A Progressive Dinner is a multi-course event where each home hosts one course and the diners travel from house to house enjoying a course at each location.

A Progressive Dinner usually takes at least 4 hours. You should plan on a minimum of 45 minutes at each house and then time to walk or drive from house to house. In our neighborhood, we can use golf carts.

Typically there were four courses.

  • Appetizers
  • Soup/Salad
  • Main Course
  • Dessert

Cocktails & Hors d’oeurves

I chose to have cocktails and appetizers at our home.

I’m serving a fall Friendsgiving Punch with a fall Charcuterie Board.

Our greenhouse has been the site for a bar on several occasions. So I wanted to continue with that since my house is torn apart for the One Room Challenge.

When our daughter Annie got married at our home we had the bar in the greenhouse. You can read about that HERE

My latest Fall Charcuterie Board is perfect for my course in the Friendsgiving Progressive Dinner. You can read all about it HERE. I have another option HERE

Our house will be the first house on the tour for happy hour and then we will move to our next-door neighbors for soup and salad.

Progressive Dinner


dinner party in which each successive course is prepared and eaten at the residence of a different participant

Other Greenhouse Entertaining

The greenhouse was also the site of another fall gathering which you can read about HERE. You’ll also find my recipe for a Salted Carmel Apple Martini in this post.

Friendsgiving Punch

Prep Time20 minutes
Freezing Time3 hours
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcoholic drink, fall cocktail, fall drink, friendgiving cocktail
Servings: 10 servings


  • Large Measuring Cup
  • sharp knife
  • punch bowl


  • 1 gallon apple cider or cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle prosecco
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 bottles ginger beer
  • 1 bag cranberries frozen
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large punch bowl or beverage dispenser. Add frozen cranberries right before serving. I serve with ice from an ice bucket so it doesn't water down the punch 🙂


I’m not a fan of apple cider so I use cranberry juice. You can also eliminate the vodka and substitute the prosecco for sparkling apple juice if you want a non-alcohol version. 

I have a pumpkin soup tureen and it a fun way to serve my punch!

Way’s to Serve Friendsgiving Punch

Are you Hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner?

Make sure to visit all of the amazing bloggers below and see what they have to help inspire your celebration.

Now it’s time to head over to Cindy at Cloches & Lavender for some Friendsgiving Dinner Ideas.


Friendsgiving Ideas & Inspiration

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Friendsgiving Tablescape
Pumpkin Pie
Friendsgiving Tablescape

Eleanor Rose Home | LeCultivateur | Green Valley Gable | Truemans Treasures

Friendsgiving Tablescape
Thanksgiving Punch
Friendsgiving Tablescape

Pasha is Home | Living Large in a Small House | Cloches & Lavender | Open Doors Open Hearts

Friendsgiving Tablescape
Friendsgiving Table
Pumpkin Centerpiece
Friendsgiving Leftover Printables

Robyn’s French Nest | White & Woodgrain | Bricks ‘n Blooms | Tatertots & Jello

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    1. My Costco (retrofitted) greenhouse is the most amazing space. We get so much use out of it. Not so much for growing plants but for having fun.

  1. Lynn!!! I have never heard off progressive dinners (born 1989) but IT SOUNDS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!! So often I feel like I was born too late haha so much of the past is do appealing to me haha Excited to try this punch!

    1. Oh my goodness you are 5 years younger than my oldest child. Progressive dinners were something that my parents did and I revived it with my neighbors just a few years ago. It is so much fun. You only have to provide one course and have your home in order and it stays that way because they are only in your home for about 45 minutes!

  2. Lynn I love the progressive dinner idea! I used to do that back in our old home town years ago with some friends it was so fun!

    1. It really is such a fun thing to do with neigbors!

  3. I love the idea of a progressive dinner. Haven’t heard of one in ages.

    1. We actually revived the idea with our neighbors several years ago. We do it when it gets colder and we can’t just gather outside at someone’s house. It also gives us all an excuse to pull out all the entertaining, decorating stops.

  4. I love this idea Lynn! I remember attending progressive dinners as a child with my parents and our church family, us kids always had so much fun traveling from house to house. That punch looks amazing too!!! Pinned!

    1. Heidi – It’s interesting that you say that because most of my parents’ friends were from our church and we all happened to live in the same area. I remember them coming to our house but we were always left at home when they moved to another neighbor’s home 🙂 My sister was quite a bit older than me and my brothers so we had her as a sitter!

  5. So pretty Lynn, love the picture of the water and the beautiful sky. Great post. Pinned fun hopping with you

    1. I put that picture in there because that is what our skies look like during the cocktail hour in the fall.

  6. This is SUCH a fun idea! I definitely want to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It is so much fun – We’ve done it a few times with our neighbors in the cold months when we don’t really see each other.

      1. Michele - vintage home designs says:

        I love everything about this Lynn and would love to feature your post on my Saturday Morning Gather tomorrow.

        1. Thank you so much Michele –

  7. Lynn this punch sound absolutely delicious!! And I want to come hang out in your greenhouse!! 🙂 Such a great space!

    1. It is a fun space and we’ve used it for many an occasion as a fun cocktail and hors d’oeurves spot!

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Lynne!

    I love the idea of a neighborhood friendsgiving dinner. That’s such a fun idea!! And your friendsgiving punch looks so good! I pinned it to my Thanksgiving board to share 🙂


    1. Thank you Jennifer – It was fun getting to know you via your blog on this hop.

  9. This is all so lovely!! A progressive dinner sounds like so much fun!!! Pinned!

    1. It is fun. My parents did it with friends who lived near them but we do it with the neighbors on our little cul de sac street.

  10. This looks like a fun way to get the neighbors together! Love your greenhouse btw!

    1. We have done it with our neighbors several times. Typically in the colder months when we don’t see each other much.

  11. I love this idea so much! I had never heard of it, but now I definitely want to try it!

    1. We have had progressive dinners with our neighbors several times! So much fun.