For people who have family that live out of state and won’t be able to visit for Thanksgiving, a Friendsgiving can be the perfect solution to celebrating this fun holiday with loved ones. After all, friends are the family you choose. If you want to throw a Friendsgiving this year, here are helpful tips to throw a fabulous Friendsgiving gathering.
Have A Leader
Whoever is attending your gathering, make sure you have a point man – someone who leads the charge. If you are actually hosting the event at your home, then ideally it should be you. Whether it is you or someone else, though, there needs to be one member of the friend group who makes sure everyone is invited, ensure that those invited are actually coming, and coordinate who is bringing what for Friendsgiving.
Do Not Assign Dishes
The beauty of Friendsgiving is that everyone facilitates in the meal. Friends bring their Thanksgiving favorites from the childhood into a cornucopia of deliciousness. To make the most of this event, do not assign people dishes to bring. Let them bring what they are comfortable preparing. Now, if you do not want to run the risk of having only one appetizer, one side dish, and eight desserts, you can make a list of meal categories with so many spaces to claim. Then people can sign up for a dessert, or they can choose to make a casserole. They can say what they are bringing in the group list. This will help you from having two sweet potato casseroles and three pecan pies, though that may not be that big of a problem.
Arrive with Your Dishes Ready
If you are hosting the Friendsgiving, try to encourage your friends to have their dishes ready when they arrive. Yes, someone may need to heat up the rolls or add a garnish to a dish. Many times, people will prepare and bring their dishes in a crockpot, so to make sure there is enough outlets for them, bring out some extension cords just in case to keep everything warm. Other than these exceptions, everything should essentially be ready when people arrive. You do not want to have too many people all in the kitchen at once.
Make Sure There Is Enough Space
With everyone bringing a dish for Friendsgiving, you want to also check that there is plenty of space for everyone to set down their dishes. Clear off the counter of any unnecessary items. You may even have to bring out an extra table or use other pieces of furniture like the baker’s rack for there to be enough room for all the recipes. It may also help as people are laying things down for there to be some sort of order and flow with like items together, having desserts at the end of the buffet line.
Stock Up On Basic Items
As the host for Friendsgiving, check that you have enough paper towels, napkins, and paper plates for the dinner. Go so far as to check your bathrooms as well to ensure there is enough toilet paper and the soap is filled. Last but not least, make sure there are plenty of trash bags for an easy clean up.
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Have Fun at Your Friendsgiving
With everything organized and ready to go for your Friendsgiving, you are ready to host a fun gathering with your friends. Enjoy the company and fellowship of your friends as you share stories, laugh, watch football, and grab that second slice of pie.
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