Maybe you’re in a new home or apartment this year and you want to be the one who entertains for the holidays. But having both your friends and family over for Thanksgiving might just not be possible… and you just realized this the other day.
Fear not! There is still time to throw an amazing Friendsgiving that your BFFs will never forget.
Friendsgiving snuck up on me a few years back when a friend threw one for a few of us at college. It was one of the most memorable meals of my college life. But before that, I’d never heard of Friendsgiving, and that’s because it’s fairly new.
I always thought it started with Friends. The show about a quirky group of friends who love each other and spend a whole lot of time together (I know… I’m over-simplifying the entire show), but I was wrong. Friendsgiving was born out of necessity, it seems. It started with millennials.
Around 2008, millennials were graduating college and the economy took a turn for the worse. Some people couldn’t eat the cost of going home, so they spent the holiday with their friends who were in the same boat. The Friendsgiving tradition simply grew from there.
My philosophy is that you can always be a little more casual with friends than with family. Still, there are a few rules to follow to ensure your dinner is successful, and I think Buzzfeed agrees. Right off the bat, you should send out a Facebook invite with all the information in one place. You’ll get the conversation going, too.
Don’t be afraid to ask your friend to bring a side dish, serving dishes, wine, or dessert in the invite! Let them know what you’ll be making so you can avoid duplicate dishes,and revel in the time you’ll have gained by doing this. You’ll need all that time to get ready for having the family over!
Speaking of food… why don’t you cook up some turkey legs instead of a whole turkey twice in one week/month? I know, great idea, right? You’ll thank me for that one later.
The tradition of Friendsgiving is pretty untraditional, so don’t be afraid to try out a new recipe that you’ve been meaning to get to. Foodnetwork.com recommends some great new ideas that’ll make your Friendsgiving a hit with everyone.
Okay, drinks. There must be drinks. Mix up your favorite recipe in a bowl or create a few options in pitchers for your friends to choose from. If you go this route, I recommend setting up some name cards with the drinks so that your guests know what their options are. This will save you time while you’re getting last-minute things set up for dinner!
Have fun with your table setting. Like I said before, you can be a little more casual than you would be with your family here. Create a fun, friendly atmosphere with non-traditional colors or oddly-paired plates, silverware, and serving dishes. Save the matchy-matchy for your formal family dinner.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.