How to throw a Friendsgiving

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

As Thanksgiving is approaching, so is Friendsgiving. Like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a wonderful time for individuals to be surrounded by community and reflect on all they are grateful for. However, unlike Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is meant to be celebrated with those loved ones who aren’t necessarily blood related. Attached are some tips for the best way to thoroughly enjoy Friendsgiving. 

  1. Have enough food and beverages to suit all of your guests: Out of town friends may be visiting for several days, so it’s important to have plenty of food and beverages in order to keep the festivities and fun going throughout the weekend.
  2. Recipes to fit all different diets: When friends come into town sometimes it can be difficult to fulfill all of their diet and food requests. It is important to have a variety of sides that can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan and even keto. 
  3. Have games and other activities: It is important to have plenty of entertainment for guests in order to keep them engaged and excited about the festivities. Some fun games include Malteser Game, Murder Mystery, Spoons and Pictionary. 
  4. Cook in steps: With all of the food that you may be preparing it is important to cook in steps to ensure that everything is thoroughly cooked and you have enough oven space. 
  5. Send invitations: If you are inviting a large group of people it is important to send invitations in order to keep track of who you are inviting, organize the day more efficiently and help you prepare enough food and beverages for your guests. 
  6. Have decor: This helps create a fun and festive environment and allows you to be creative. Hobby Lobby and other local craft stores have a variety of fall decor that you can use to decorate your home for Friendsgiving. 
  7. Go traditional or non-traditional: Your local grocery stores will have some wonderful options for traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, potatoes, green beans and rolls. However, Friendsgiving can be more non-traditional, and you can include different varieties of foods such as sweet potato bakes, mac and cheese casserole, or baked cheesy bites.

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