The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally spent with family—but in recent years, Friendsgivings have become more and more popular. These get-togethers are the perfect excuse to get your closest friends together to enjoy a delicious meal and one another’s company.
Whether your schedule won’t allow for a trip home this year or you just want to kick off the holiday season with your friends, now’s the perfect time to start planning a Friendsgiving. Keep reading to learn how to host an amazing event:
Create the Menu
First things first: you’ll want to plan the food. A key to hosting the perfect Friendsgiving is to have a delicious spread featuring your favorite Thanksgiving-style dishes.
Now, don’t panic—as the host, you don’t have to provide everything! Having each of your friends bring a dish not only makes it easier on you, but getting everyone involved by contributing to the dinner makes it extra special. You can ask your friends to bring a dish that’s meaningful to them, whether it’s a recipe that’s been passed down in their family or the dish that reminds them most of the holiday season.
An easy way to coordinate everything is to create a Google doc with categories:
- Main dishes
Simply share the link with your friends and have each person sign up for what they’re bringing. Google docs are collaborative—so each person will be able to see what everyone else signed up for. This will help to ensure you have a good mix of options from different categories and two people don’t bring the same dish!
Once you’ve got the plan for food in place, you can start thinking about the scenery. A good portion of your Friendsgiving will likely take place gathered around the table, so having a festive tablescape can really make the event.
When decorating your table, you’ll want to start with the essentials: a tablecloth to cover the table and napkins for each seat. Linen is a great material to use for this, because it’s durable, moisture-wicking, and easy to care for. Not to mention, it has a classic, elegant look that compliments any style of table decor.
Depending on the vibe you’re going for, you can opt for different colors of linen. At Linen Shoppe, our linens come in a variety of shades, from Ivory, to Sage, to Mauve. The shade ‘Spice’ is a beautiful, warm red-orange color that’s perfect for the season.
For the table centerpiece, there are a ton of different options for fall. You can keep it simple with eucalyptus, baby’s breath, and candles—or if you’re feeling more festive, you can dress up the table with mini pumpkins, autumn leaves, or a bouquet of fall flowers. There are so many different directions you can go, so have fun with it!
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A great way to capture the memories of your Friendsgiving is to take plenty of photos!
Aside from having an Instagram-worthy tablescape, you can set up a fun DIY photo booth your guests can enjoy. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy—it can be as simple as hanging up a sheet to use as a photo backdrop. If you want to make it more interactive, you can even provide some fun props your friends can use.
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Make a Playlist
To set the mood, you’ll want to create a great playlist! Having your playlist set in advance means you won’t have to worry about queueing up music while your guests are there. As the host, you’ll have plenty of things going on from prepping dishes, greeting everyone, and putting the finishing touches on everything.
If you don’t have time to make a custom playlist, don’t worry. There are plenty of pre-made playlists to choose from on Spotify. There may even be some specifically for holiday events with friends. If you want to, you could even ask your friends for song requests ahead of time!
The Thanksgiving season is all about reflecting on what you’re thankful for. If you want to start a meaningful tradition, consider going around the table and having everyone share one thing they’re grateful for this season. It’s good to take time to reflect—and it will bring everyone closer.
Games are another great way to bring everyone together and create fun memories. This can be as simple as playing charades, cards, or even having a karaoke night.
Similar to the dishes, you can ask your guests to bring their favorite games to play to share with the group. This can especially be a great icebreaker if you have friends from different groups all coming together.
Remember to Enjoy Yourself
Hosting can be stressful, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But remember, there’s no point in hosting a dinner party if you don’t enjoy it yourself! The more prep you do beforehand, the more you can enjoy the moment and be present with your closest friends. Life is busy throughout the year, and this is one opportunity to slow down and cherish spending quality time with the ones you love.
Bonus Tip: If you’re attending a Friendsgiving this year, or any holiday gathering for that matter, you might be considering bringing a gift for the host. A simple idea that everyone is sure to love is a set of linen napkins along with the host’s favorite bottle of wine.
Here at Linen Shoppe, we believe in the importance of connection and forming memories that last for years to come. The holidays are a great time to come together with your loved ones and show gratitude and appreciation for the people in your life! We hope these tips are helpful for making your holiday season extra special this year.
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