We covered the basics of Friendsgiving last year, but now that I've done this a few times, there are a few more points to hit. Last year's Friendsgiving was a casual, low-key affair where we sat on couches and floors. Super relaxed, super great. This year, we had flower arrangements, linen tablecloths, a seating chart. Both are fun, its just cool to switch it up once in a while.
Any favorite Friendsgiving traditions, recipes or tips to share?
I wanted to wear something that allowed me to eat, but still look festive, so I used some leftover flowers from my flower wall to make into a crown (aka E600ing them to a headband).
A few notes from this year:
A party so good, The King came back for it.
I mentioned last year letting the hosts have dibs at the leftovers as a reward for hosting. However, last year there were probably two days worth of leftovers. This year, if we had left everything with the host, he could eat for days and days and days and never finish it, so really we would have just been burdening him with too much food and a crammed fridge. Put someone in charge of bringing ziplocks and tupperware! Or, bring your own from home to tote leftovers in.
It's okay if you're a shitty cook. There are a lot of things you can bring that are essential to a good Friendsgiving:
- Plates, forks, napkins, paper towels, garbage bags
- A pitcher of a signature cocktail, a bottle of liquor (other people will cover the wine, trust me), a seasonal beer
- Grands biscuits! Don't mock frozen biscuits man, they take ten minutes and every last one always gets eaten
- Floral arrangements, because everyone loves ambiance, man. Or do the place settings / decorations!
- A gift for the host (this year, we went with a Groupon for a house cleaning!)
Don't forget vegetarians / vegans. A lot of Thanksgiving staples, like green beans, rolls, sweet potatoes, are already vegan (or can very easily be made so). Don't just think of vegan dishes as one gross tofurky that gets its own table, only to be touched by herbivores. Every single one of these recipes looks delicious, even for the Ron Swansons among us.
Controversial opinion: I don't think hors d'oeurves should be served at Friendsgiving. Often people fill up too much on them and don't have room for all the dishes all of their friends spent the day making.
Make everything beforehand. You absolutely cannot use the host kitchen to cook. Though, it is good to plan for a warm-up cycle, where all the dishes get heated through if they've been out long enough to get cold.
Decorate a little. It doesn't need to be fancy, or over the top. But having candles on the table just felt...like a holiday, instead of just a dinner. I don't know man, I just love festive shit. If you aren't doing nametags or anything, consider this "I'm Thankful For" printable from Almost Makes Perfect, to help all those cheesy warm-fuzzies start flowing.
Don't forget the music! There's almost always that one friend that will gladly play DJ, whether invited to or not. If you don't have That Guy, or want to plan in advance just because you're a planner, I made a Spotify Playlist of Thanksgiving Songs for you. Want a quick sampling?
Turkey Chase- Bob Dylan
Roll Plymouth Rock - Brian Wilson
Thankful - Bone Thugz-N-Harmony
Styrofoam Plates- Death Cab for Cutie
Gone til November- Wyclef Jean
Click here for all 77 Thanksgiving-themed songs! (Opens a Spotify playlist)
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