The only thing better than having Thanksgiving dinner once with family is having it twice with all of your closest friends. This year, be sure to make Friendsgiving a success with this fool-proof guide from Valley.
Friendsgiving should always be considered a potluck dinner. Once you have your guest list, figure out who is bringing what, and make sure it is divided up fairly between everyone. This means whoever is in charge of the turkey, is in charge of only the turkey and nothing else.
Change it up
Most people aren’t going to want to spend a ton of money, so not everything has to be just like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t have time for turkey? Get some wings instead. In fact, it can almost be guaranteed that people would not be too opposed to having already-made wings over a burnt turkey.
Don’t be afraid to host
It might sound intimidating to host at your place, but the benefits definitely outweigh the costs. It is mandatory that everyone in attendance helps clean up afterwards, so that shouldn’t cause added stress. Plus, you’re basically guaranteed leftovers, which is probably one of the best things to come out of Friendsgiving anyways.
No phones allowed
Make it a point to put phones away as soon as you sit down for dinner. Take pictures for memories before and after, but during the meal, focus only on friends and food. Having a bunch of funny stories to laugh about later will be far more rewarding than any Instagram post, no matter what filter.
There is always room for dessert
This should go without saying, but if for some reason your friends try to convince you that you are too full from all of the mashed potatoes and stuffing you just inhaled, you tell them they are wrong. Friendsgiving is even more of an excuse than regular Thanksgiving to stuff your face with never-ending food and drinks, so be sure to be fully stocked with desserts as well as all other food items.
Follow these rules and you’re guaranteed to have a Friendsgiving for the books. Happy feasting!