Tips for Hosting a Successful Friendsgiving

Tips for Hosting a Successful Friendsgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us will be embarking back to our hometowns to celebrate the holiday with our family. For some of us, we may be staying in Rochester, or even on campus during the holiday. Either way, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get in the holiday spirit! Find a group of friends, and host a Friendsgiving! Whether you celebrate before you all go home for break or on the actual holiday, here are some tips on how to successfully have a Friendsgiving dinner:

1. Provide Entertainment

You don’t want to throw a boring Friendsgiving do you? If your answer was no, then make sure you have plenty of entertainment options for your guests! If you ask your guests to bring board games, it takes the burden off of you, and allows your guests to bring some of their favorite past times. If board games aren’t your thing, no worries! Put together a killer music playlist, or have a couple of movies playing when your guests arrive. Here’s a list of Thanksgiving themed TV sitcoms to play. The options are endless!

2. Have Containers For Leftovers

You don’t want all of your delicious food, and hard work to go to waste! Be sure to have plenty of containers available so you can store your food and your guests can bring some home! If you don’t have many food containers, ask your guests to bring some, or they won’t be getting any leftovers to take home!

3. Ask your Friends to RSVP

Asking your friends to RSVP by a certain date will allow for you to get an official headcount prior to the day of your Friendsgiving. Having an official head count will allow for you to know exactly how much food you should purchase and/or prepare. It will also allow for you to know exactly how many table settings you should put! You can ask your friends to RSVP if they are coming or not, or you can ask them to RSVP with regrets only.

4.  Everyone Bring a Side and/or Dessert

If you’ve challenged yourself with preparing a turkey all by yourself, ask your friends to pitch in too! By having your friends bring either a side dish or dessert, it takes a huge burden off of you. Hey, that’s what friends are for, right?

5. Prep Dinner Together

Do you feel like you’ve taken on a bit too much in preparation for this dinner? Maybe you overestimated your capabilities in preparing your first Thanksgiving meal? If so, don’t be hesitant to reach out to your friends for some assistance. We guarantee that your friends will be willing to help you pull off this Friendsgiving dinner. Having them come over to prep the meal with you will allow for all of you to share your expertise, and for all of you to contribute.

6. Don’t Stress, Have Fun!

Last, but certainly not least, is to don’t forget to sit back, relax, and have fun! The point of the evening is to bring your friends together, eat delicious food, and enjoy each others’ company. Although hosting a Friendsgiving may be a challenge, it should be just as rewarding. Allow yourself to enjoy it!

So regardless if you are heading home for Thanksgiving or staying in the Rochester area, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the holiday. Host a Friendsgiving with our tips, and enjoy the season of thanks!

Jacqueline is a New Media Marketing student, minoring in Psychology. Outside of writing for Behind the Bricks, Jackie enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants!

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