Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessing, and what bigger blessing do we have than our friends? A great way to celebrate is by hosting a “Friendsgiving”. This is a meal held with friends a couple days before or after Thanksgiving. Though you can make Friendsgiving anything you want it to be, it doesn’t have to be your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Here are some fun twists on the idea:
The Top Chef
-Have everyone come over to your house a couple hours before meal time and cook the meal together. You could even make it a competition with teams to see who can make the best appetizer as well. Put on some music, and you’re set!
-For this meal, everyone brings the most random food items they can imagine. Think bags of cheetos coupled with spaghetti and pears. You’ll be guaranteed to be filled up by the end of the night, but your stomach will be full of the most random assortment of foods!
-Though it may be a little chilly, picnics are fun year-round. Bundle up and have a picnic meal in a local park. And if you want, it can lead to some very tumblr polaroids.
-Have the ultimate Thanksgiving feast- breakfast style! This can be done during traditional breakfast time or you can have breakfast for dinner. Either way, a gigantic breakfast will satisfy anyone’s cravings. (Just don’t forget the bacon!)
-It’s always fun to act fancy, so make it a formal event! Use your best china, light some candles, and have everyone come dressed in their best formal attire. Some smooth jazz playing in the background is also a plus.
-This one is the opposite of the previous idea. Basically everyone comes dressed in their pjs! Clear an area in your living room and have everyone eat on the floor with a bunch of pillows and blankets. Just make sure it doesn’t get too messy.
The Fast Food
-Go with a large group to your favorite cheap fast food restaurant – like McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc. When you get there, either find a big table or pull tables together. Then order larges of your favorites- large fries, taco boxes, etc. and share them family-style, like a typical Thanksgiving dinner.
-Use food you already have (raid the cupboards!)
-Make a sign-up genius so everyone can pick one thing to bring
-Ask parents if they are willing to donate a food item
In all, “Friendsgivings” are a great way to spend time with friends and appreciate the good times you have with each other! Hopefully one of these ideas suits your friend group’s fancy, but if not, create your own unique Friendsgiving! The possibilities are endless. All you need are some good people and some good food!