November 7, 2017 Ana Vuki

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and maybe you're thinking of starting your own traditions this year.

Maybe you want to channel your inner Martha Stewart and show off your skills this holiday season.

Maybe you have some time to kill this Thanksgiving break or you just want to have a little get-together and celebrate your friends who you consider family. 

If you've been thinking of hosting your own Friendsgiving, look no further.

You've come to the right place. 

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your friends isn't a new idea, but Friendsgiving has resonated really well with our generation of Millenials and Gen-Zs. Maybe it's all those Instagrammable moments, who knows? But basically, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving feast that you host on your own terms. This means who invite whoever you want and have them over for as long as you want. 

This is the perfect celebration for brand new hosts because it's a potluck based meal so there's pressure on your end as a host. 

Friendsgiving is about breaking convention and making new traditions. 

I've listed the 8 things you need to know about hosting your own Friendsgiving, based on all my serious research (aka Pinterest). 

1. A sign-up sheet for dishes 

This also doubles as your guest list. Create a Google Doc and have multiple columns. 

See our example below. FYI being Vegan is NOT an allergy, but it's super important to consider your friends' dietary restrictions!

2. Set the table

You can go buffet style or you can be extra set the table for your friends. Borrow some chairs, get some cool mismatched plates and cutlery at Ross or a thrift store, some butcher paper from Home Depot and mini-cards from the dollar store for name cards. Be inspired! 

3. The host makes the turkey πŸ¦ƒ

If you're the host, you'll be making the main dish which in this particular case is the turkey. Here are some infographics and a YouTube video regarding how to make the turkey and what size to get.

4. Guests must bring a dish 🍲 and a bottle of wine 🍷.

Thanksgiving is a classic American holiday, so there are "must-eat" dishes like pumpkin pie, roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and cranberries. But this is a Friendsgiving, so you can adjust the essentials to your group's needs and wants.

You can spice up the menu with a theme or keep it classic. 

5. Allergies + Dietary Restrictions

Like I said before, being vegan or vegetarian isn't an allergy. There are also others who might not be able to eat eggs, peanuts, or shellfish. Whatever the matter, there's always a solution. There are recipes on Pinterest, videos on YouTube, and suggestions on Twitter. Use these tools to your advantage and keep in mind that people will appreciate you even more for making Thanksgiving enjoyable for them.

6. Don't be a food critic 

This isn't an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, so there is no need to be a savage about what's being served. Remember to be grateful and just enjoy each other's company. 

7. Make new traditions

Friendsgiving is about making new traditions, so it can be going around the table and having everyone say what they're grateful for or it can be binge-watching Stranger Things together. I don't know. You're among friends so get creative and have fun!


Last but not least, don't forget to buy ice for the drinks. I just feel like a lot of people underestimate the need for ice at their parties and then we're left with warm "ice tea." 

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