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Start a New Tradition: How to Host Friendsgiving

Enjoy a low-key, stress-free Thanksgiving meal that celebrates old and new friendships alike.

The beauty of Thanksgiving is that it celebrates love and gratitude with your family. It’s usually a more traditional dinner, where the favorite recipes that have been passed down through the generations are served. The hosts tend to be in charge of everything from meal preparation to clean up after the event.

But this year, how about starting a new tradition? Friendsgiving has been popular among the twenty- and thirty-somethings for quite a while, but it really can be for everyone. It’s usually a more relaxed affair and one where you celebrate how grateful you are to have friends. You can start new food rituals and everyone is encouraged to bring something to contribute. Attendees are also encouraged to pitch in and help with everything from cooking, to serving, to loading the dishwasher.

Follow some of these helpful tips if you want to start something new this year and host a great Friendsgiving to give thanks for wonderful friends.

Invite Friends

The best part of Friendsgiving is bringing together friends but not always from the same group. You can invite your workout buddy, the neighbor next door, or your college roommate. Just make sure you have room for everyone.

Go casual

No need to be formal with friends, but no sweatpants either! Tell your guests to dress casual with a stretchy waistband that accommodates seconds.

Keep it Potluck

As the host, you might want to take over the main entrée in your kitchen, but ask your guests to bring the sides, appetizers, and desserts. Sweet treats are mandatory to finish off the meal, so having plenty of pies or baked goods is required. Try to get a list beforehand of what everyone is contributing so you make sure you have the essentials covered.

Have a Bar

Make sure your bar is set up for Friendsgiving just like you would for any other kind of party. Have plenty of ice on hand and glasses. Have it stocked with the staples, but encourage guests to bring a bottle of wine or even a signature cocktail to stir up.

Forget the Diet

This is not the time to think about your diet or clean eating. The gym will be there again the next day. Go ahead and indulge in all the delicious food—it’s okay to feel like a stuffed turkey at the end of the evening.

Remember to Decorate

It doesn’t have to be formal but adding some fall color and decorations can add to the fun of your event. Try a casual centerpiece of autumn blooms on your table. Maybe some interesting dishes or napkins. Whatever you want to make your home feel festive.

Lots of Leftovers

You have to have leftovers at this type of event. It is a must. Send everyone home with a tidbit or two for the next day. Just make sure to have plenty of storage containers, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil to use when you are packaging up the food to send.

Be Grateful

For this to be a true Friendsgiving you will want to show gratitude and celebrate your relationships with old and new friends alike. This is a chance to have a new occasion that you can make your own and create new traditions.


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