How to Host the Ultimate Friendsgiving

In less than a week, my sister and I will be on a flight down to Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family! The season of giving is officially upon us, and I am so ready to get into the holiday spirit.


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Like many, I hosted a “Friendsgiving” with my closest friends this past weekend to celebrate one another before we all go our separate ways for the actual holiday. There are so many cute decor pieces available around the holidays to spice up any gathering and set the scene.


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Although the concept of Friendsgiving is a more laid-back Thanksgiving, there is no denying that hosting can be stressful. So I’ve rounded up a few of my stress-relieving tips for hosting a perfect Friendsgiving.

Make it Potluck Style 

As I mentioned above, the goal of Friendsgiving is for it to be a stress-free Thanksgiving, so for me, potluck style is always the way to go! Thankfully, with technology, it is easier than ever to organize a potluck style dinner. In your invitation, direct guests to sign-up to bring their favorite childhood Thanksgiving dish via Google Sheets. I LOVE Google Sheets because once you’ve given everyone access, they can see what other guests are already signed up to bring. Not only is this an easier option for the host, but it’s also so fun to hear people’s stories about why the dish they brought is their favorite!

Early Prep 

There is nothing worse than rushing around twenty minutes before your guests are supposed to show up. If you decide not to do potluck style, be sure to make a list of everything you need for each and every dish before you go to the grocery store. I have a terrible memory, and if I don’t make a list in advance I’ll end up forgetting something.

Use Disposable Plates 

I know paper/plastic plates aren’t the classiest options, but nothing beats an easy clean-up. Thankfully I learned a few tricks from my Mom throughout the years, and I know not all plastic plates are created equal. Pair these disposable plastic plates on top of these gold chargers and you’ll never go back.

Want more Friendsgiving inspiration? Check out my board on Pinterest! 

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