Having some Friendsgiving ideas prepared for this holiday season is a great way to have a flawless dinner party. Friendsgiving is a great tradition to start amongst your friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends the same week. Since Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family, celebrating Friendsgiving is perfect for getting all of your friends together before everyone heads home for the holidays. Planning this dinner party might put a lot of pressure on the host, but there are a lot of ways to reduce the stress and have a good time with friends. Having some activities and different Friendsgiving ideas prepared beforehand will help have a stress free party!
1. Have Everyone Bring One Dish
Being the host of any party can leave you with a lot of stress, so a quick way to reduce this is by having everyone bring one dish. This way, you can focus on the activities and decorations while cooking something small. You can even have someone in charge of drinks and setting up decorations. Dividing up the work will make it more fun and less stressful on everyone. Also, since everyone is bringing a dish, you won’t have to worry about someone being a picky eater.
2. Make A Guest Sign-In Gift
Having a guest sign-in station is the perfect way to have something with everyone’s name on it. You can make a picture book, where everyone takes polaroids and leaves them in the book. Another idea is having everyone write something on a lamp or fall colored tree. Something small and inexpensive that you can keep for a lifetime!
3. Create A Signature Drink
Instead of worrying about having enough alcohol or the right kind for everyone, make a signature cocktail for your Friendsgiving dinner party! You can give it a fun name and pass them out to your friends when they arrive. It will be something fun for you and your friends to enjoy that is unique and just for y’all!
4. Have A Theme
Obviously, the theme seems pretty set in stone, but having an overall aesthetic and vibe to your party will make it more fun! Make sure everything you have prepared is cohesive and fits the fall aesthetic. Using your Thanksgiving decorations is an inexpensive way to do this! Have a few decor items here and there that will put together the whole party!
5. Make Personalized Games
Having a personalized game (or even just some regular games) can make your party even more fun for everyone. Set out some games that you know all your friends will enjoy and it can be a fun activity before or after the meal. Everyone loves a good game night, so this could be a fun way to end your Friendsgiving event!
6. Create A Photo Booth Backdrop
Everyone loves a good photo booth, so try putting up your own backdrop (don’t worry, you don’t have to make it yourself!) You can have all your photos look cohesive and it will be a fun little activity to do in your spare time. All your pictures will look cohesive and you’ll be able to hold onto these memories forever!
7. Have Outdoor Activities
Everyone loves some good fall weather, and with so many of us having Thanksgiving traditions of playing games outside, why not do the same for a Friendsgiving? Whether you eat your meal outside, play some football, or just spend some time enjoying the fall weather, get all your friends outside for part of the event. It will make it feel less crowded if you have a small space in the kitchen and living room that everyone is crammed in and will make the party even better!
8. Set Up Fun Decorations
Everyone loves some good party decor, so don’t forget to decorate your home before your friends get there. It doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary, just enough to have it match the whole aesthetic of your Friendsgiving party. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money here, since it will probably be very similar to your Thanksgiving decorations.
9. Have A Good Playlist Prepared
Every party needs a good playlist, so make sure you have something fun prepared ahead of time. Playing music and cooking in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do and it makes cooking with others more fun as well. Get a good variety going and have the music playing for when your friends arrive!
10. Turn On A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
When coming up with Friendsgiving ideas, having a classic movie to play might be hard to come up with. There are very few movies associated directly with Thanksgiving, unlike Halloween and Christmas, but A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a great one to have ready to go! Watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a must for the holiday season, so why not play it with your friends? It is a classic that will get everyone together or can be played in the background while you have your Friendsgiving meal.
11. Have Everyone Bake Together After The Meal
Baking together is a great way to get everyone together for some bonding. It is a super fun and easy way to spend time together, and you also get a great dessert out of it! Instead of having the pressure on one or two guests to bring the dessert, have everyone bake together at the end of the meal. This way, everyone can enjoy dessert together and no one has added stress. Also, everyone can have a say in the dessert so everyone will have something to enjoy after the meal!
12. Everyone Write Down What They Are Thankful For
Maybe a little cheesy, but having everyone write down one thing they are thankful for is a great way to celebrate a Friendsgiving with your closest friends. Putting all your memories and what everyone is thankful for in a jar and saving it for years to come will be a fun tradition to create and something to look forward to in the future. After all, Thanksgiving is meant to give thanks for every blessing you have!