Planning a Friends-themed Thanksgiving

As promised in yesterday’s post, my husband and I planned a Friends-themed Thanksgiving at home this year. We are MAJOR Friends fans. (We have been a couple for almost 20 years, so watching Friends together on Thursday nights was something we did in our early days together. And yes, that means we have the entire series on DVD, which we have rewatched several times. And we often lapse into what we call “Friends-speak,” in which we reference quotes from the show in regular conversation.) Sam recently came across a couple of online lists of the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends, linked below, and had the idea of putting together a Thanksgiving dinner of foods featured in Friends‘ Thanksgiving episodes!

We narrowed down the loooooong dinner list to something more manageable. Here’s how we’re paying homage to each season of Friends‘ Thanksgiving episodes:

Season 1, “The One Where Underdog Gets Away”:

  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • mulled cider
  • three types of potatoes (lumps, peas & onions, tots)

Season 2, “The One with the List”:

  • “Mockolate” chip cookies (Sam wanted to get carob, but we already had regular chocolate chip cookie dough in the house, so practicality won out)

Season 3, “The One with the Football”:

  • Yams with marshmallows

Season 4, “The One with Chandler in a Box”:

  • Green beans

Season 5, “The One With All The Thanksgivings”:

  • “Righteous” mac and cheese
  • Ross’s “moist-maker” sandwich with turkey and gravy-soaked bread (for leftovers, naturally)

Season 6, “The One Where Ross Got High”:

  • Outfit inspired by Rachel, see below

Season 7, “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”:

  • Playing the “50 States Game”

Season 8, “The One with the Rumor”:

  • Yams (again, for those “complex carbohydrates”)

Season 9, “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister”:

  • Using our fancy china
  • Merlot

Season 10, “The One with the Late Thanksgiving”:

  • “Chan”berries
  • Chocolate pie (that Rachel and Phoebe forgot to pick up in that episode)

And as a final homage, I was inspired by Rachel’s outfit in the Season 6 Thanksgiving episode, “The One Where Ross Got High.” I was already planning on wearing a cozy sweater to enjoy our Thanksgiving meal, as you know from yesterday’s post, so Rachel’s outfit of a red sweater and black pants was the perfect inspiration!

And here is my interpretation, with my red cashmere sweater and wide-leg black trousers. Rachel’s sweater has fringed cuffs; I thought adding my beaded malachite bracelet would make for a nice substitute.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving dinner


And OF COURSE we plan on watching Thanksgiving episodes of Friends while enjoying our Friends-themed holiday at home! 🙂

I hope your Thanksgiving is warm and wonderful! What is your favorite food to eat at Thanksgiving? Please leave a comment and let me know.


6 thoughts on “Planning a Friends-themed Thanksgiving

  1. Mike

    Happy Thankgiving to you and Sam Jen! And congratulations to you both on your anniversary! 🙂

    I love your tradition of watching “Friends” each year. My big tradition each year is watching the big Macy’s Day Parade on TV. Never missed one since I was 10! It’s just not Thanksgiving to me without seeing the parade! I love all the floats and performances that are part of the parade. So awesome!!

    And my favorite food for Thanksgiving? Turkey and stuffing! I know that’s really two foods but they go together so it counts as one. 😉

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. Mike

        Thank you Jen! Yeah, it’s always been a favorite tradition for me for the last 20 some years now. And for the last 10 years, I’ve been recording it on DVD. It’s interesting to see which balloons and floats that they change over the years, replacing the older ones with newer ones. Every year it’s different, which is what makes it so cool!

        Hope you and Sam enjoy the rest of your day! Enjoy “Friends”! 😀

  2. Kezzie

    This is brilliant!!! I totally loved the mockolate thing. If you upset Sam at all, are you going to dance with a turkey on your head with a fez and sunglasses!??!x

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