Molly Sims prepares for a Friendsgiving celebration.
LA-based Molly Sims is renowned as a supermodel, author, actress, and philanthropist. But here’s something you might not know: Sims loves to cook and entertain. One holiday where she flexes those hostessing muscles is Friendsgiving, which she throws to kick off the holiday season with her friends.
Below, Sims shares on how to host a foolproof Friendsgiving, her new philanthropic partnership with LA charity Baby2Baby and floral delivery service The Bouqs, and more.
Tell us about Friendsgiving. MOLLY SIMS: Friendsgiving came about several years ago. It’s a way for all my friends to get together, have a reason to celebrate, have a reason to drink, and have a reason to eat fun food. It’s kind of a kickoff to the holiday season. Being a transplant from the South, and coming here and not having any friends and family—it’s been such a great tradition to kind of add on.
Can you share your best tips for a successful Friendsgiving? MS: There has to be a theme every year. We start about a week out, we make lists and we figure out what everyone is going bring. I, being Southern, mainly make my favorite Southern dishes. We kind of make buffet stations. You can do a potato station with a big sweet potato, or a big baked potato. You can have a sundae station. We [also] have the rosemary turkey, chicken, and dumplings.
What are the key dishes to serve at Friendsgiving? MS: I love to serve the hot cranberries salad, which is amazing—it’s covered in marshmallows. I love the sweet potato casserole. The pumpkin spice brownies are absolutely delicious, and definitely a great salad. You can [make] a mandarin orange salad, a beet salad, or a quinoa salad—made with a little honey, a little apple cider, and vinegar.
How about drinks? MS: We make mulled wine—it’s great to use a pinot [like] Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. You [gather] star anise, cloves, cardamom, vanilla bean, nutmeg, and cinnamon and a little orange peel, and you put it in a sachet. You drop [the sachet in the wine], you do like a 1/4 of a cup of agave and you boil it for 6-7 minutes. Then let it simmer and it’s absolutely delicious. I love to buy wine, which is why I love the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi because you can buy cases of it or you can buy liters of it.
Tell us what you usually wear to a holiday party. MS: I like to dress up. I love […] a great sequin jacket. I definitely love having a metallic [during] the holidays—it’s sexy. I love leather, too.
What’s on your party playlist? MS: I like everything. I just heard the new Eminem song with Rihanna. It’s so good. I love Fergie, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake.
Tell us about Bundle of Joy, your partnership with The Bouqs and Baby2Baby. MS:Eric Buterbaugh does the flowers at the Four Seasons, and he and I partnered together and created [a bouquet for TheBouqs]. So every bouquet that we sell that’s got our kind of concoction—what we call the Molly and Eric—[part of the proceeds] goes to Baby2Baby. I love being a part of Baby2Baby, it helps so many children especially in inner LA. I’m a big believer in giving back and everything—every toy, every formula that’s not used, every diaper that’s not used—goes to that charity. It’s great.