Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving celebration for college friends who can’t make it home for the weekend or you simply want to spread joy to your work friends, hosting a “Friendsgiving” is the perfect excuse to eat in excess and have fun with friends. And to make this year’s get-together even better than last year’s, follow these Friendsgiving ideas for an unforgettable festive day of fun.
5 Friendsgiving Ideas to Be the Hostess With the Mostest
Brighten Up Your Decor
Remember all those selfies and pictures with friends that are taking up so much storage space on your phone, nows the time to put them to good use. Print them, use clothesline pins to hang them on a string, and secure the string to your wall using multiple adhesive, removable hooks.
Have any white Christmas lights lying around? If not, your local dollar store probably has a box under $10 that will take this decor project one step further. String the lights in the same direction as the rope, or even go vertical with your design and make the ultimate backdrop for photos (if you don’t snap Friendsgiving…did it really happen?)
Keep It Casual
There’s nothing worse than going to a Thanksgiving party where you have to get all dressed up and use someone’s fine China. Keep is causal by buying disposable silverware, plates, and cups. That makes clean up easy and your life painless.
Stick to the “BYOF” Rule
Developing a Friendsgiving menu doesn’t have to be stressful. Let everyone know what you’re making (whether it’s turkey, ham, or something totally untraditional) vs. what they need to bring if they want their favorite side – the Bring Your Own Food (BYOF) rule.
Make sure the dessert table is on your list! We take dessert very seriously during Friendsgiving. It’s the cherry on the cake 😛 for your festive dinner. Again, this can be something “assigned” out to one of your friends to bring, but make sure there are options.
Remember, just because you’re hosting Friendsgiving at your place (or your parent’s house,) doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Use this grocery list to make sure the basics are covered on your Friendsgiving menu.
Break Out Those 90s Board Games
Once you’ve all pitched in to clean up (yes, that IS what friends do!), gather back in front of the TV before game time and whip out those dusty 90s board games:
- Bop It! (only if you’re feeling up to it)
- Loaded Questions
- Say Anything
- Hungry Hungry Hippos
- Mouse Trap
- Life (because you’re about to enter into adulthood)
Get Some Fresh Air & Burn Some Thanksgiving Calories
Football is a Thanksgiving tradition for many families. But if your squad isn’t into tossing the pigskin, you can start a Friendsgiving tradition of your own. Try a frisbee game like KanJam, or get teams together for kickball. Any of these will allow your competitive friends to earn bragging rights, and burn just enough energy for you all to head back inside for more dessert!
Don’t Forget to Celebrate & Give Thanks
Remind everyone what you all came to celebrate. Take time as you eat to go around the table and have everyone say why they’re thankful this year. As your guests leave at the end of a fun day of Friendsgiving, let each one know how special they are to you.
Has she kept you from being homesick? Did he stop you from dropping a tough class he knew you could handle? Did she help you get the internship of your dreams? Show your gratitude to each of them, and let them know you appreciate them today and every day.
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