The Ultimate Friendsgiving Guide for You and Your Besties

Having hosted many Friendsgivings in the past, I’ve definitely learned some lessons… both good and bad. Throughout my life, I’ve always strived off hosting fun events with friends, have it be a birthday party, wine tasting, or a casual get together. Friendsgiving has always been over the top, and probably the most anticipated part of my year. Although I will not be hosting one this year due to the pandemic, I do have some tried and true advice for those of you who plan on hosting one this week, this weekend or even on Thanksgiving!

In this ultimate Friendsgiving guide, you’ll find some major do’s and don’ts to keep in mind while hosting, all while having the best night ever!

DO:

Make the turkey yourself! In my opinion, the host should be the one providing the main part of the whole meal. Whether you buy it ready at the store, or make it yourself… there’s nothing like a good turkey for everyone to enjoy.

DON’T:

Do everything yourself. From personal experience doing that one year, I can say it is definitely not worth the stress. I was more focused on cooking than I was on being with my friends. Pick one or two sides to prepare, alongside the bird and ask your friends to bring sides potluck style! This also goes for dessert as well. Either order from your local bakery, or ask a baker friend to whip something up!

DO:

Ask your friends for their dietary restrictions. Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s important to keep them in mind. If they do have restrictions, ask if they can provide a main dish or a side that will be appetizing to them, and the rest of your party!

DON’T:

Over do it on the menu. Keep it traditional, and in my opinion, strive to make triple the recipe. More is less!

DO:

Spend time gathering fun decor. Stop by your local Homegoods, Target or even Amazon for festive plates, cups, decorations, etc!

DON’T:

Use plates and utensils from home. Get disposable cutlery and plates, the mess will be far easier to clean and you won’t have as many dishes to wash!

DO:

Have appetizers out before dinner! Again, another potluck thing, but I do find creating a cheeseboard, having some champagne (or apple cider) out for friends does the trick! The earlier they come over, the better.

DON’T:

Again, don’t even think about doing everything yourself. Ask a friend or two to come over earlier in the day to help you prepare! 

DO:

Have games! In my case, I always invited friends who weren’t friends outside of me… so playing fun games such as Cards Against Humanity or Thats What She Said always brought everyone crying of laughter, and also sparking up deep conversations over wine!

*21 and over* DO:

Provide a good amount of the alcohol. Nothing expensive, yet nothing anyone would cringe over. From experience, I would always go to BevMo and take advantage of their buy one, get one for five cents deal. I’d always have out a few bottles of red and a few bottles of rosé depending on personal preference. 

DON’T:

Host it near your kitchen. If your apartment complex offers an area outside for hosting, or if you have a house with a backyard, keep it outdoors! Having separation between the prep area and the hosting area is key, and it’ll also make you (the host) feel perfectly sane. (however if you do not have access to anything outside, your kitchen will work just as well). 

DO:

Have fun, and do not stress! While you are trying to create an amazing experience, also remember that you get to enjoy it too. Don’t fuss about mess or clean up until everyone leaves. Don’t forget to ask for help! 

What are some pieces of advice you would give someone in your the ultimate Friendsgiving guide?

XO,

A

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