Friendsgiving is probably one of the greatest celebrations this season, because you get to spend time with your closest friends — who are really your chosen family. And for you social butterflies, you’ll probably end up hosting one of your own get-togethers. With that said, how do you elevate something that will set your Friendsgiving celebration apart from all the other ones that have been done again and again?

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We partnered with IZZE® to put a refreshing twist on Friendsgiving with a DIY sangria bar and three decor projects for a standout event. IZZE® is one of our favorite mixers to brighten any cocktail or drink. And with flavors like IZZE® Sparkling Pomegranate or IZZE® Sparkling Clementine, they’re really nailing the spirit of the season. Check out below to see how to craft the perfect details for a totally memorable and toast-worthy Friendsgiving. Cheers!

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DIY Sangria Bar

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Sure, you could make sangria ahead of time, but why not make it an interactive and customizable part of your party?

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Set out a selection of IZZE® flavors to mix with either red or white wine. Our secret, not-so-secret fave combo is Sparkling Pomegranate with red sangria, and the Sparkling Clementine makes an oh-so-amazing white sangria.

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For a more seasonal sangria, set out some earthy spices like cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves.

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Let your guests zest up their drink with different combinations.

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And lastly, don’t forget about some fruity garnishes. Oranges, pears, apples and strawberries make a colorful addition to any glass.

DIY Geometric Painted Glassware

Step up your glassware game and put a personal twist on your traditional cups with fun, colorful geometric patterns.

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Materials and Tools:

  • glasses
  • enamel paints
  • washi tape or painter’s tape
  • foam brushes
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Instructions:

  1. Tape diagonals along the bottoms of the glasses to form triangles.
  2. Paint enamel paint in the shapes and let dry. Paint a second coat for extra vibrancy.
  3. When completely dry, carefully peel off the tape.
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Tape diagonals along the bottoms of the glasses to form triangles.

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Paint enamel paint in the shapes and let dry. Be sure to paint a second coat for extra vibrancy. You want to make sure those colors really pop.

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When completely dry, carefully peel off the tape.

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Lookin’ great! With those color combos, it’ll be hard to pick your favorite one.

DIY Autumnal Wreath

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Materials and Tools:

  • metal wreath frame
  • faux autumn branches
  • faux apples and clementines
  • hot glue gun
  • strips of burlap
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Instructions:

  1. Anchor one end of a burlap strip to the frame with hot glue. Wrap burlap around the entire frame, gluing as you go.
  2. Glue branches around the frame. Fill in empty spots by gluing apples and clementines.
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Anchor one end of a burlap strip to the frame with hot glue. Wrap burlap around the entire frame, gluing as you go.

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Glue branches around the frame. Fill in empty spots by gluing apples and clementines.

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Doing autumn right with those colors.

DIY Fall Harvest Table Runner

Materials and Tools:

  • apples
  • knife
  • spoon
  • tea lights
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Instructions:

  1. Place a tea light on the top of an apple. Use the knife to cut around the candle.
  2. Dig a hole in the apple with the spoon. Make the hole large enough to fit the tea light in.
  3. Place the tea light in the apple.
  4. Line your table with branches and place the tea light apples in the middle. Light your candles and wait for your guests’ oohs and ahhs.
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Place a tea light on the top of an apple. Use the knife to cut around the candle. Dig a hole in the apple with the spoon. Make the hole large enough to fit the tea light in. Place the tea light in the apple.

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Line your table with branches and place the tea light apples in the middle. Light your candles and wait for your guests’ oohs and ahhs.

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Friendsgiving never tasted so fresh!

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Looking for other Friendsgiving ideas? Check out our Pinterest for other holiday inspo.

DIY Production + Styling: Irene Lee

Photographer: Chris Andre

Modeling: Alyssa Asadoorian, Eliseo Escobar, Sean Griffis, Lee Schellenberger