Tips For The Best Friendsgiving Ever

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Thanksgiving is full of great food, the people you love, and being thankful for everything we have. That's why one of my favorite fall traditions is hosting friendsgiving! Hosting may seem scary, so here are five tips to hosting the BEST friendsgiving ever.

The Planning

Don’t be that person that goes shopping the day before. If you're making turkey, you’ll need at least 24 hours for every five pounds which can add up to a lot of time if you’re feeding a lot of people. I recommend planning exactly what recipes you want to make and shopping at least a week early to make sure everything you need is in stock.

The Food

Food is most essential part of Friendsgiving, but don’t stress. It’s essential to delegate what the people attending will bring. A week out, assign everything a task or something to bring. Have a friend who is known for her killer baking skills? Ask her to bring dessert. Friends that love to cook? Have them bring a more complex dish or recruit them to help you in the kitchen. Also, be sure to ask if any of the people attending have dietary restrictions so they can being some of their own food or find creative ways to make your favorites safe for them to eat! No one wants to attend a dinner where they can't eat anything.

Here are a few of my favorite thanksgiving recipes!

  1. Garlic Roasted Turkey

  2. Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

  3. Homemade Green Bean Casserole

  4. Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese

  5. Dutch Apple Pie  


The Eating

Don’t worry about complex seating arrangements or dishing out the food. Simple is best.  If you think you might run low on plates or serving utensils, ask a few friends to bring along extra dishes or trays if you don’t have any. You don’t need a huge dining table or big kitchen. Serving the dinner potluck style is far easier on the host and lets people grab exactly what they want. Don’t worry about having enough chairs or table space, we’re all college students. Whether people are sitting on the couch or floor, what matters is being thankful for each other.


The Extras

Now that you have the most important things covered. There are are some fun extras to make the most of your dinner. If you’re like me and love picking out a fun playlist, there are some amazing ones that have the perfect Friendsgiving vibe. I love this one and this one.  If you can, having fall decorations and fall candles sets the perfect atmosphere. I also love to bring games or other activities for after dinner. Games like Cards Against Humanity or Heads Up include everyone and are the perfect end to a great Friendsgiving.

— SHANTEL LANG, STUDENT AT NORTH DAKOTA AND UNIVERSITY TEES LIVE SALES COORDINATOR