How to Host Friendsgiving from How to Throw a Great Friendsgiving Dinner (Slideshow)
How to Throw a Great Friendsgiving Dinner (Slideshow)
How to Host Friendsgiving
If you’ve never hosted your own Thanksgiving, trying to plan a Friendsgiving can seem like a tall order. But worry not because we have a foolproof guide on how to make sure your Friendsgiving celebration is a success.
Keep the Guest List to an Appropriate Size
Do you live in a studio apartment? Don’t invite your 100 closest acquaintances. Work with the space that you have and make sure that all of your friends will be comfortable moving around your home before deciding whom to invite. Even if you keep your party small, don’t be afraid to mix different friend groups together! You never know who might get along.
Make It a Potluck
One of the best benefits of Friendsgiving is allowing your friends to show off their cooking skills with fancy new dishes or share their tried-and-true family favorites. Not only will making this party a potluck let you learn something new about your friends, it will also save you from having to cook two Thanksgiving dinners (the conventional one and this one). Just be sure to keep a list of who is bringing what to avoid having four different types of stuffing and no green bean casserole.
Even if your party is a potluck, as the host you should provide the roast turkey. It is recommended that you have at least one pound of turkey per guest, so be sure to buy a big bird for all of your friends. Also, learn how to properly carve a turkey, and more importantly, how not to carve your main dish. You don’t want any of that tender meat to go to waste!
Prep Your Home
Before you host any party, it’s important to clean your house; even though Friendsgiving is a more casual gathering, it’s not an exception to this rule. You also want to make sure that you have enough table space, seating, and flatware for all of your guests. If you’re lacking table space or seats, don’t be afraid to rent some card tables and folding chairs. If you need plates, silverware, or serving vessels: go disposable, nobody will judge you.
Set Up a Photo Booth
If your party doesn’t have an album full of photos and its own Instagram hashtag, did it really even happen? Make your Friendsgiving the envy of your social network by setting up a photo booth. You don’t need an actual booth to do this: Just hang a bunch of streamers against the wall in your home that has the best lighting. And don’t forget the props!
Make Sure to Provide Plenty of Booze
Encourage your friends to BYOB along with their potluck dishes, but have your own stockpile as well. Typically, one bottle of wine per guest is recommended when you’re hosting a party. However, if you want to ensure that your Thanksgiving is a raving success, don’t be afraid to buy more than that and diversify your alcohol offerings with beer and liquor.
Don’t Forget the Snacks
You want your Friendsgiving to be a fun party, not a sloppy, drunken mess. Be sure to provide appetizers for your friends to munch on; you don’t want anyone getting too sloshed in your home. Because the rest of the meal will be a more involved affair, keep the snacks simple. Even basic appetizer staples such as chips with guacamole or potato skins can make the difference.
Create an Irresistible Playlist
If you want your party to be truly great, you cannot forget the music. Create two playlists for your party. Make the first one for dinner with more relaxed music and Thanksgiving-themed songs (think Dido’s “Thank You” and Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mashed Potato Time”). Then, the second playlist is where you can turn things up with dance-friendly hits and old school party favorites. Ask your friends for song recommendations when you invite them to get them enthusiastic about hitting the dancefloor.