So you’ve decided to host a Friendsgiving. Good for you! There’s no better excuse than the holidays for getting together with your closest friends, eating some good food, and enjoying each other’s company. Whether you’re inviting two people or twelve, here are some tips to help make sure your Friendsgiving runs smoothly and most importantly, everyone has fun! Because you’re the hostest with the mostest, right?
1. Plan Ahead – Hosting Friendsgiving takes a lot of prep, from sending out invites to menu planning; from shopping, to setting the table, and then there’s decorating. Don’t wait until the day of to start cooking and setting up. Browse recipes and see what dishes you can prepare ahead of time, set the table and decorate. You’ll be thankful to have that stuff out of the way.
2. Dish Out Responsibilities – Don’t take on all of the responsibilities simply because you are the host. It’s common for guests to bring a dish to share as well, like a potluck. Suggest that each friend is in charge of a different category, from hors d’oeuvres to sides dishes or dessert. This takes the pressure off of you.
3. Make a Signature Drink – Unless you keep a full bar in your home, it can be difficult (and pricey) to cater to everyone’s drink of choice. Decide on a signature cocktail that you’ll provide. From a classic Old Fashioned to a Cranberry Sparkler, there are plenty of seasonal drinks out there that don’t require a degree in Mixology. Just be sure to have some coffee on deck for when the food comas kick in…
4. Make a Killer Playlist – No one likes an awkward silence. Set the spirit with a fun playlist that you can queue up as guests start to arrive. Pick some classics that won’t distract or overpower, but can be enjoyed in the background. And if a spontaneous dance party ensues, just roll with it!
5. Send ‘Em Home with Leftovers – Pick up some cheap Tupperware or take out boxes so you can easily dole out leftover mashed potatoes, turkey, pie, etc, before your guests head home with full bellies. You won’t end up with more food than you know what to do with and leftovers are arguably one of the best parts of Thanksgiving! Win – win!
How are you celebrating the holidays this year? Share with us in the comments below how you plan to spend your Thanksgiving!