Thanksgiving, it’s one of America’s favorite holidays. Typically the day includes a lot of food, spending time with family, watching football and giving thanks. And although grandma makes a mean greenbean casserole and your uncle deep-fried the turkey, sometimes the best Thanksgiving dinners are not with family, but with friends. Whether it is an old friend group tradition, or the start of something new, Friendsgiving allows for new connections to be made that will last a lifetime.
From hosting to attending a Friendsgiving, check out these rules for having the best meal of the season.
Rule #1: Plan in advance
The rest of these rules become obsolete if the group text for Friendsgiving is sent out on the same day as the event. Give your friends time to find recipes, clear their schedules, and plan for a great meal with friends.
Rule #2: Divvy out assignments
This rule is key to avoiding four people bringing mashed potatoes and no one bringing gravy. Ask attendees if they have any go-to recipes that they feel comfortable making. This is also the time to make assignments based off of dietary restrictions and preferences.
Rule #3: Don’t be afraid of a non-traditional meal
Law does not dictate which items must be consumed at Friendsgiving dinner. If the group prefers ham over turkey, then make the switch. If no one likes salad, then there is no reason to bring it. Working with the likes of the group is key to a fun and successful dinner.
Rule #4: You can cater or eat out
For some friends, making meals and planning a dinner can be stressful and a lot of work, especially with finals around the corner. Do not be afraid to cater a Friendsgiving meal or have everyone go out to eat. This is often an easier and simpler alternative to making a meal from scratch. Just make sure to plan in advance and realize that most Friendsgivings happen on or right after Black Friday, meaning long lines at restaurants.
Rule #5: Have fun
Thanksgiving is the start of an entire weekend full of activities. Plan a Black Friday camp-out, or opt-outside for a hike in the mountains. Or, plan inside activities for after dinner, such as games or crafts. Just remember to not let dinner be the final activity for the group and to extend the party for as long as possible.
Friendsgiving is all about connecting with those we care about and making lasting memories. However you plan your Friendsgiving, as long as your table is full of friends and your friends are full of food, your Friendsgiving will be a night to remember.