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Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Filed under: Uncategorised — Kristy Charron @ November 18th, 2017
In the past, when November would approach I would get so excited for my yearly Thanksgiving feast with my family.  However, while in college, I participated in the popular trend of a Friendsgiving which allows us to celebrate this seasonal feast with those who feel like family.  Now that Friendsgiving is almost an official holiday, I think it’s best to share the best hacks for a successful Friendsgiving. For those still unaware of what Friendsgiving is, it basically is Thanksgiving but with your friends.  What I love about this new trend is that there are no rules. It does not have to be fancy, your tables do not have to be set with fine china as the purpose is just to have a friendly gathering. However, it’s 2017 and everyone is going to be taking snap stories of the food setup so having a pinterest worthy photo is highly encouraged.  Here are some simple and budget friendly recommendations to help you have a successful Friendsgiving.  
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We all have gotten to the point after our Thanksgiving meal where we are so stuffed that it’s uncomfortable to breathe, sit, and sleep. But that is the beauty of it! And I know I’m not the only person who gets really excited thinking about all the delicious food going to be served days before.
The wonderful and unique thing about a Friendsgiving is that everyone has those special family recipes that they cook every year. There is nothing that will make your Grandma more excited than you calling and asking for her amazing Green Casserole recipe. So, create a google doc and encourage everyone to make their favorite dish to bring to the table.  And if you cannot cook, that’s why God created Whole Foods.
Below I’ve made a list of some must haves to get your menu started.
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Green Been Casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Salad
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Creamed Corn
  • Lots and lots of PIE!!
  • WINE (for those who really can’t cook)
Choose the hostess Hosting a feast is a lot of work, and it is so important to make sure that whoever hosts it does not mind cleaning up and getting ready for everyone.  It is also important that the venue has enough places for everyone to sit and eat. This person should also be willing to decorate their place cute and festive like I mentioned before, snap chat photos will be taken.  This does not have to be expensive, but just a cute centerpiece or table runner can add a lot to your standard table.

  Make Ahead We all have those friends who will wait to the last minute, come to our apartment with all their ingredients in a Kroger bag and need to use some pans to make their creamed corn.  That is why it is best, especially as the host, to have everything ready ahead of time so things can run smooth and little hiccups can easily be resolved. Also, it is a good idea to have a couple extra dishes, just incase one of your friends completely runs out of time, forgets their dish at home, or drops it coming out of an Uber.  You just never know, so it is always best to be prepared.             Be THANKFUL It is so easy to get caught up in the holidays, as I have already noticed that stores have completely forgone Thanksgiving decorations and already have Christmas stuff on the shelves.  Therefore, make sure that as you are having your Friendsgiving, that you take a moment and all say what you are thankful for.  Everyone is busy and we all get caught up in the little moments, so it’s especially important to make the time you get together count.
Hope you have a beautiful Friendsgiving with the people you love and remember there is nothing wrong with bringing a pair of sweat pants to change into after your third round of dessert.

Response (1)

  1. Cari
    November 19, 2017 at 11:42 am · Reply

    Love this idea of a Friendsgiving and I really enjoyed reading your story. .

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