Friendsgiving ideas: Tips for hosting the ultimate fête

Thanksgiving is already just two weeks away, and if you’re anything like me, you love an excuse to get together with friends, drink wine, and eat good food. Friendsgiving is the best because you get all the amazing food without the forced family conversation (love you, fam 😉). While Friendsgiving should be low-key, there are a few tips my friends and I have learned over the years that can help make it the best get-together yet.

Make it potluck style

As a bunch of 20-somethings, we didn’t have the cash or know-how to prepare an entire Thanksgiving feast for our friends on our own. Plus, what fun is that? Ask everyone to bring a dish or two, which lightens the load on the host and you get to try a variety of food. If you have a diverse group of friends, ask everyone to bring a popular dish from their culture or that they’d eat at their family Thanksgivings and try something new.

Create a Facebook invite

We’ve found that creating a Facebook invite is the easiest way to get Friendsgiving on everyone’s calendar and keep track of who’s bringing what. It’s a good idea to ask people to post what they’re making so you don’t end up with nine different desserts and no side dishes. It’s also a good central place to share details like dietary restrictions and post about how excited you are to see yo best frands.

Prepare ahead

It’s chaos in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Mitigate the madness by bringing a dish that doesn’t need to be reheated when you get to your host’s home. They’re likely cooking the Turkey and other hot dishes, so it just gets complicated when guests arrive asking for sacred oven space. Plus, it’s the perfect reason to prepare a dish ahead of time so you’re stress-free and ready to party the day of. If you’re the host, preparation is especially important (a loose cooking schedule works wonders)!

Don’t forget the drinks

We all know that Friendsgiving is about friends and good food, but what separates Friendsgiving from Thanksgiving are the DRANKS. Unlike your family Thanksgiving where it may not be acceptable to down a bottle of wine and play Cards Against Humanity, Friendsgiving is the perfect time for that. Instead of bringing a dish or two, make a big batch of mulled wine or spiked cider, which is super easy and cheap and gets everyone toasty. Plan on having Friendsgiving on Friday or Saturday night so everyone can let loose, and don’t forget wine for the host!

Add some pretty little things

Part of the fun of Friendsgiving is making your home all cute and cozy and showing your friends how much you love them. Put a little extra effort in by pulling out the nice plates, lighting some candles, creating a party playlist, and making everyone place cards that will make the party feel fancy-schmancy. One year I collected unique leaves from outside and wrote everyone’s name in gold Sharpie for place cards. It was super simple and free and everyone was impressed! Check out The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures from the creator of A Cozy Kitchen for more ideas.

What other tips and ideas do you have for Friendsgiving? Let me know in the comments and follow @beginnerbakes on Instagram for more inspiration!

Featured photo from Epicurious 

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