In terms of Friendsgiving Ideas, there are plenty to choose from that your pals will enjoy greatly. Friendsgiving is essentially like a big Thanksgiving meal but instead of family members, it is only you and your closest friends gathered together to show how grateful you all are for each other. This gathering is laid-back, fun, and full of delicious food.
With that being said, listed below are 15 Friendsgiving Ideas That Everyone In Your Squad Will Love:
1. Make It a Potluck:
Whoever is hosting the gathering is already going to be stressed from setting up decorations to the tableware and silverware to the food. One way to eliminate all this stress is considering having your Friendsgiving as a potluck.
By making the event a potluck, everyone will be able to enjoy their favorite dishes and the host will have fewer things to worry about. All the host needs to do is prepare the turkey while everyone else needs to bring their favorite side dishes.
2. How to Express Gratitude:
One of the most important parts of Friendsgiving is you and all your friends expressing how grateful you are for each other! For Friendsgiving ideas, there are several creative ways that you all can express your gratitude.
One way do so is by creating cute place-mats (see photo below) and having a couple of blank lines on each of them. Have a couple of sharpies or black pens laying around the table so when its time to sit down and eat, you and your friends can write down on each of your guys’ own place-mats the things you are grateful for on those lines.
Another creative way to express gratitude is to hang a large piece of paper on a wall and title it “What I am Grateful For” and leave a bunch of blank lines on it. At some point during Friendsgiving, have all guests sit around where the paper is. Each person will write down on one blank space what they are grateful for the most.
3. Play Cards Against Humanity:
As you are spending Friendsgiving with some of your closest pals, be sure that you all play a couple of rounds of the popular game Cards Against Humanity. The card game is one of the most popular party games out there and everyone will be down to play regardless of the occasion.
4. DIY Pumpkin Decorations:
For Friendsgiving Ideas regarding decorations, one such decoration to include in your display is painted pumpkins. Ahead of the gathering, decorate a couple of pumpkins by painting them in Thanksgiving colors and with unique patterns.
5. Hit a Pinata:
One is never too old to have and enjoy a pinata at any event! Many wouldn’t consider this option when thinking about Friendsgiving Ideas for entertainment, but they absolutely should! It is the best way to kick the gathering off with a bang. Whoever is in charge of bringing the pinata should try and get a turkey one filled with candy.
6. Create a Playlist:
Regardless of the type of party, one aspect that can either make or break your event is the music. For Friendsgiving ideas surrounding music, the host should create a killer playlist at least a day before everyone gets together.
Be sure to also include songs that are big hits today and ones that are popular with party guests. Another way is to have everyone who’s attending the gathering to send the host 3-4 songs each. Not trying to be too cheesy or anything but don’t forget to include “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, the theme song of Friends (see video below) in the Friendsgiving Playlist.
7. Set Up a Dessert Bar:
During November, the one dessert everyone craves is pie. If you want to get creative with Friendsgiving Ideas for food, consider having the dessert portion of the meal set up as a dessert bar! Have all your friends bring in their favorite desserts and dig in! Don’t forget to include ice cream and pumpkin pie as part of the options for the dessert bar.
8. Have a Small Gift Exchange:
Christmas is one of the next big holidays that happens after Thanksgiving. Although this suggestion isn’t considered as part of Friendsgiving ideas; one should consider holding a small gift exchange between everyone attending. It will be a lot more fun to either do a Secret Santa or a White Elephant surprise. For the latter, it is fun to see everyone’s reactions when someone steals another’s already opened gift or ends up stuck with or opens a random one.
9. What Do You Meme?:
For Friendsgiving Ideas, another game that you and all your friends should play is What Do You Meme? This game is essentially like Cards Against Humanity (See #3) but with memes!
Who doesn’t love a good old internet meme? From all the party games to consider from Friendsgiving Ideas, this one will leave everyone dying in laughter.
10. Everyone Gets a Wishbone:
There’s only one wishbone inside of the turkey, which means only two people can participate in breaking it and making a wish. One of the best Friendsgiving Ideas is to make some clay wishbones ahead of time so all your friends can be included.
Add one wishbone to every other place setting around the table. This way, each person can break the wishbone with his or her seat partner. Make sure there is an even amount of people at the party so everyone can take part.
11. Set Up a Photobooth:
From all the Friendsgiving ideas to consider from, one that must use at your get together is having a photo booth set up! All of the cool photos you and your pals take during the night will definitely make all of your social media accounts stand out.
Set up one area in the house as the designated photo area. Whether you rent an actual photo booth or have a cool background laid out against the wall, don’t forget to have some props available so you and your friends can take some great or silly photos!
12. Use Leaves as Place Cards:
Grab a bunch of leaves to create custom made place cards. From all the outstanding Friendsgiving Ideas, this must be one of the most creative and original ones yet! Make sure that the leaves are a full shape and are bright in terms of color. Using a black or a gold sharpie, write down your friends’ names on each leave in beautiful calligraphy.
13. Have a Pumpkin Keg:
Among the Friendsgiving ideas that will blow all your friends away, turning a pumpkin into a pumpkin keg is one to use! Besides stocking up on waters, sodas, and alcohol and ingredients needed for alcoholic cocktails; you need to have a pumpkin keg filled with a beverage of your choosing.
For the actual pumpkin keg, all one needs to do is to hollow out the pumpkin and remove all the pulp and pumpkin seeds. The next step is to attach a spigot onto the pumpkin keg and filling it up with a beverage. It is best to fill the keg with beer, pumpkin ales, or spiked punch.
14. Play Twister:
In terms of Friendsgiving Ideas for party games, another one to play is Twister! It is a throwback to childhood and you and all your friends will have a blast with a couple of rounds of Twister.
However, it is best to play this game before it is time to sit down and eat all the food. Everyone will be too full to do anything physical post-meal. With all the movement required for Twister, some people could get sick if you all do it after the meal.
15. Cute Takeout Boxes:
Whoever is hosting Friendsgiving is going to have plenty of leftovers and dessert that will take quite a while to finish. As host, if you don’t want too many leftovers sitting in your fridge, have your friends take some home!
Either in a store or online, find cute and memorable takeout boxes that your pals can use to put whatever they want to bring home in. As the party ends, they can leave on a great note with leftovers in a killer takeout box!
From this list of Friendsgiving Ideas, which ones will you and your squad most likely use for your guys’ Friendsgiving? Be sure to let us know which Friendsgiving Ideas you plan on using in the comments section below!
Featured Image Source: https://ew.com/tv/2019/09/09/friendsgiving-friends-tour-announcement/
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