What is Friendsgiving? It’s a Thanksgiving party with friends. Many people don’t live close to family or simply want to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends who feel like family. Personally, I enjoy any reason to have roast turkey.
The nice thing about a Thanksgiving party with friends is that you can easily make it a potluck. If you are hosting, here are a few tips to make your Friendsgiving party fun and hassle-free:
Friendsgiving Tip #1 Take photos
You will want to share this event on social media. It’s what we do now. In order to encourage people to take photos, I suggest having photo booth props. It seems silly, but I swear people don’t take as many photos as you think they do.
You don’t need an entire formal photo booth set up. Just place these easily downloadable printables on the dining table and/or strategically around the party. People will see them and think they are fun. I did this at my wedding reception and it was a hit. It gave people something to talk about and something fun to do while we were waiting for the food to arrive.
If by chance your friends aren’t sure what to do with them, be a good host and take the lead. Grab a prop and strike a pose. Once they see you doing it, they will join right in on the the fun.
Friendsgiving Tip #2 Create a sides/dessert sign up sheet
The wonderful thing about potlucks is that you don’t have to do all the cooking. You do have to make sure you don’t get three variations of a green bean casserole and no pies. Luckily, there are online tools to help coordinate the sides and dishes. Remember Evite? That’s still around and has a way to list what to bring to the party too.
Friendsgiving Tip #3 Have a coffee/tea bar
If you are having any kind of adult beverages at your Thanksgiving party with friends, I highly suggest you have a coffee/tea bar available. It doesn’t have to be super fancy. If you have a Keurig like me, you’re half way there. Get a small sampler box of coffee, a cup with a few tea bags, and maybe a fancy creamer if your guests like that kind of thing. You probably already have 75% of this in your home.
Friendsgiving Tip #4 Be prepared for overnight guests
Once in a while a friend might overindulge in an alcoholic beverage. Better to let them sleep it off on the couch or guest room than send them off into the night. Knowing this might be a possibility will keep you from feeling put out when it does happen.
Friendsgiving Tip #5 DIY only as much as you want
It’s always fun to have holiday decorations. You can get fancy and create your own labels for water bottles or you can download some printable decor for the mantel. Do what your abilities allow. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart and drag in half of the yard to create a lovely rustic centerpiece. You can use that easy printable and put it in a frame you already have. Easy and fancy. If you’d like you can also create your own very easily by using PicMonkey. I love that site and made the subway art printables as well as all of my photo booth props on it.
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