We are well into It’s finally November and everything around campus screams fall. This can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Now more than ever is a great time to gather your friends and celebrate the year’s blessings. If you are a Friendsgiving first-timer, keep reading for five helpful steps.
Pick a Theme
The theme is most important because it sets the vibe for your gathering. Although a typical thanksgiving decor is always an option, consider getting more creative and choosing something more catered to you and your friends. For example, if you love Halloween and aren’t ready to say goodbye to the spooky season just yet, consider a haunted house theme. Pinterest boards are a great first stop to gather some more ideas.
Plan a Menu
The next step is to decide the type of food you will serve. For example, you can cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal, all-American cuisine, or a set up a soup bar. If the thought of making the entire Friendsgiving meal is a bit daunting to you, ask each person to bring a different dish. A great way to organize these assignments and ensure that there are no repeats is to have each person sign up on a Google spreadsheet.
Make a Gratitude Board
An easy way to give thanks during your Friendsgiving is to make a gratitude board. All you will need for this is a chalkboard, some chalk, and a little creativity. Each attendee can write down a few things for which they are grateful on the board as they enter the dining room. After the get-together, you and your friends can take a photo of the board and share it as a reminder of the good times.
Decorate Mini-Wish Bones
A classic Thanksgiving tradition is breaking the wishbone of a turkey. Turn this classic tradition into some thematic decoration. A great way to do this is to DIY some clay wishbones or spray paint some real ones for a colorful place setting.
Make a Playlist
Make the final touch to your gathering with a great playlist. Custom playlists are always a fun way to get people excited for your Friendsgiving. You can even create a shared playlist on Spotify with your friends so that everyone can add a song or two that they love. If you don’t want the pressure of creating a song list of your own, Spotify offers several Friendsgiving-themed playlists.
Although pre-planning for a Friendsgiving is important, remember the main focus is about spending some quality time with your friends. So, don’t over stress about the details and remember to have fun!