4 Tips to Throw an Unforgettable DIY Friendsgiving
Nov 20, 2017
Do you love Thanksgiving, but live too far away from home to celebrate with your family?
You don’t have to miss out on the comfort and food of the holiday just because you can’t make it home.
Hosting a Friendsgiving lets you celebrate Thanksgiving to the fullest with your second family — your gal pals and #friendsquad.
Whether you can't be with your family this Thanksgiving or you just want to celebrate with your closest friends, Friendsgiving is an easy and fun way to show your gratitude for those friends who mean the most to you.
But hosting a whole holiday party alone could be expensive — and a lot of work.
Between the food, wine, and festive decorations, you could end up spending a lot of cash by playing host all by yourself.
That’s why we’ve put together a roundup of DIY tips to make your Friendsgiving thrifty while making sure everyone enjoys the food and festivities of the holiday to the fullest — yourself included!
Follow our tips to host a fun and thrifty DIY Friendsgiving that your second family won’t forget.
Get Creative With Your Table SettingsThe first thing you can get started on before Friendsgiving day is your festive décor.
Table settings set the mood for your feast. Take a little time to put together something special for you and your friends to enjoy when they sit down to eat.
To give your celebration a touch of charm, add gold details throughout your table setting:
- Tie gold ribbon around the stems of decorative gourds or pumpkins
Use a gold Sharpie to add your friends’ names to plastic glassware so they can keep track of their drinks throughout the night
Find cheap gold sequin fabric at a nearby craft store and use it to make a table runner or placemats
You can even make beautiful napkin rings using just cardboard and gold duct tape
Sticking to one color makes it easy to tie all your DIY décor together to create one bold, glittering look.
Make it a Potluck
The Thanksgiving meal is of course one of the biggest of the year — and one of the most time-consuming to prepare.
Cut yourself some slack by splitting up the responsibilities of the feast among your friends.
Ask each person to bring a dish for a potluck-style celebration. It’ll take a little coordination to ensure everything is covered, from appetizers to dessert. But a shared Google doc or email thread can help you make sure every dish is covered.
Since the Thanksgiving turkey is the most difficult to transport, making the holiday bird should fall to you, the host.
If this is your first time cooking a turkey on your own, sure you purchase the correct turkey size — the rule of thumb is generally 1 pound per person.
Make sure you mind your timing, too — a turkey can take a long time to cook, and you don’t want your guests feeling hangry on one of the biggest feasts of the year!
Mix a Signature Drink
Nothing gets a party going like offering your guests a scrumptious cocktail as soon as they walk through the door.
If you're looking for a way to make your celebration’s libations stand out from the traditional beer and wine assortment, mix up a signature cocktail (or two) for the occasion.
Consider a cocktail that complements the meal and aligns with the season. How about a cranberry and vodka cocktail (garnished with a few real cranberries) as a nod to traditional cranberry sauce?
Or mix up a bourbon-based cocktail like an Old Fashioned using Wild Turkey Bourbon. Have fun dreaming up tasty libations you can all sip while the finishing touches are put on the meal.
Create Cut-and-Paste Gratitude Boards
You and your friends are gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving, so why not offer a unique way for you and your friends to reflect on the things you’re most thankful for?
It can be awkward to be put on the spot by going around the dinner table and saying what you’re thankful for. Mix up the old routine and let your friends express themselves by building a collaborative gratitude board at the party.
Set out a variety of magazines, paper, and markers along with scissors, a blank poster board, and tape.
Let your friends go to town cutting out pictures and words that are meaningful to them, or writing down or drawing the things that they're most grateful for.
Have everyone place a few things on the board throughout the party. Once everyone has had a turn, it's even more fun to guess who placed what on the board.
Once your friends are gone and the feasting and festivities are over, it can be hard to not slip into a bout of winter blues. As the days grow colder and darker, you might find yourself struggling to stay active and engaged.
And you’re not alone — many Americans struggle with seasonal depression every year.
But you don’t have to fight off the gloom of the season by yourself. We’ve put together 5 ways to help you beat the winter blues this season >