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How to Host Friendsgiving: A Guide to a Memorable Celebration

Are you excited to invite friends to celebrate Friendsgiving this fall? Friendsgiving is all about bringing friends together for a special meal and creating lasting memories. In this guide, we will provide you with eight...

Are you excited to invite friends to celebrate Friendsgiving this fall? Friendsgiving is all about bringing friends together for a special meal and creating lasting memories. In this guide, we will provide you with eight tips and tricks to help you host an amazing Friendsgiving celebration.

A Thanksgiving spread on a long table Image: A Thanksgiving spread on a long table

But before we dive into the details, let's take a moment to appreciate the essence of Friendsgiving. As someone who didn't have the opportunity to celebrate holidays with friends in my younger years, I find Friendsgiving to be a joyful occasion. It allows us to come together and create our own traditions before everyone heads off to celebrate with their families.

One of the best parts about hosting a Friendsgiving party is that everyone gets to participate in the meal and enjoy a variety of dishes contributed by their friends. It's a true potluck experience where the flavors and stories of each dish come together to create a unique culinary adventure.

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of hosting Friendsgiving. Follow these tips to ensure that your Friendsgiving gathering is a memorable one.

Choose your Friendsgiving date and put together your guest list.

The first step in hosting a successful Friendsgiving is to choose a date that works for you and your guests. Consider picking a day where you and your guests have plenty of time to cook and enjoy the celebration.

Here are a few suggestions for when to host your Friendsgiving:

  • Any weekend in November.
  • The weekend after Thanksgiving. This can be a great option if you've had a busy November and want to extend the festivities.
  • At work. If you want to have a work Friendsgiving potluck, plan ahead and choose a date that works for everyone.

Once you've decided on a date, start putting together your guest list. You can send out an evite or a printed invitation, or even invite your friends via text or email. The key here is to make it easy and convenient for yourself.

Friendsgiving Invitation Ideas

Oil drizzles onto a turkey on a Friendsgiving table Image: Oil drizzles onto a turkey on a Friendsgiving table

There are various ways to invite your friends to your Friendsgiving event. Here are a few ideas to make your invitation extra special:

  • Design a Friendsgiving invite using free programs like Canva and send it via email.
  • Create a virtual invitation using platforms like evite.
  • Print out custom invitations from companies like Zazzle or Amazon.

Plan a menu that reflects the spirit of Friendsgiving.

Once your invitations have been sent out, it's time to plan the menu. Since Friendsgiving is a potluck-style gathering, you'll want to coordinate the dishes with your guests.

Start by writing out a list of ideal dishes and then decide what you'll be cooking. Assign other dishes to your guests to ensure a diverse spread. Consider the number of guests you're hosting to ensure there is enough food for everyone.

If you're looking for food ideas and guidance on how much food to serve, check out our comprehensive post on Friendsgiving food inspiration. Additionally, think about the tools you'll need to make the dishes and plan your menu accordingly.

A woman writes a list with papers spread out before her Image: A woman writes a list with papers spread out before her

Once your menu is planned, create a cooking timeline. This will help you stay organized and ensure that each dish is ready to serve at the desired time. Write down how long each recipe takes to cook, including preparation and cooling times. Make notes of dishes that can be made in advance and those that need to be prepared on the day of the event.

Consider your food serving time and work backwards to determine when each dish needs to start cooking. Build in some extra time for unexpected delays and give yourself time to get ready before the guests arrive.

Set the stage for a beautiful presentation.

Now, let's talk about how to present your delicious dishes. Choose the appropriate serving platters and dishes for each food item. If necessary, label the dishes with sticky notes to avoid any last-minute confusion.

Feel free to get creative with your serving ware. Mix and match patterns and colors to add a touch of fun and personality to the table. Also, remind your guests to bring their own serving platters and utensils to ensure you have enough for everyone.

A woman scoops carrots onto a loaded plate at Friendsgiving Image: A woman scoops carrots onto a loaded plate at Friendsgiving

Grocery shop and prepare in advance.

To avoid any last-minute stress, make sure to do your grocery shopping well in advance. Consider placing a grocery order for pickup or delivery if it's more convenient for you. Take note of any items that need to be defrosted, like a turkey, and give them enough time to thaw in the fridge.

It's also a good idea to purchase any necessary disposable plates, cups, and cutlery to make cleanup easier. If you prefer eco-friendly options, there are compostable and biodegradable alternatives available.

Whenever possible, prepare dishes in advance to minimize the workload on the day of the event. Chop fruits and veggies, mix salad dressings, and even bake desserts a day or two ahead. This will save you time and allow you to focus on enjoying your time with friends on Friendsgiving day.

Add a touch of festive decor (if desired).

While decorations are not a requirement, they can add a festive atmosphere to your Friendsgiving celebration. Consider using pumpkins and fresh gourds as centerpieces or opt for fresh cut greenery in a vase. Festive napkins and a well-stocked bar area can also elevate the ambiance.

Remember, the goal is to enjoy the company of your friends, so don't stress if you don't have time for elaborate decorations. Keep it simple, and focus on creating meaningful connections and delicious food.

Take a deep breath and have fun!

As the day of your Friendsgiving celebration arrives, take a moment to relax and enjoy the excitement. Start your day with a cup of coffee, choose your outfit, and review your cooking timeline.

Remember that hosting can be stressful, but it's essential to remain calm and adaptable. If things don't go exactly as planned, take deep breaths, ask for help if needed, and serve appetizers early to keep guests entertained.

Finally, don't let the responsibilities of hosting keep you from spending quality time with your friends. Interact with your guests, engage in conversations, and savor the moments that make Friendsgiving so special.

Hosting Friendsgiving is an opportunity to create cherished memories and celebrate the joy of friendship. Embrace the spirit of togetherness, indulge in delicious food, and revel in the joy of sharing a fantastic meal with your closest friends.

So take a deep breath, keep your cool, and have fun celebrating Friendsgiving like never before!