By: Natalie Jean
Every year we look forward to holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but how many of you look forward to Friendsgiving? I know that I do! In years past we’ve been able to host our very own Friendsgiving, filling our home with love and laughter. We feel so blessed to be able to get together with loved ones over food, games, and good conversation!
Today I wanted to share a few tips that will help the whole day go a little smoother and create memories that will last for your very own Friendsgiving party.
First, plan. Sometimes we tend to overlook planning things, or if you’re like me you over-plan when you want a dinner party or event to go really well. For something like this, planning is actually really important. Its essentially a thanksgiving meal with your friends
Secondly, don’t be afraid to say “yes,” when help is offered. Sometimes you can’t do everything on your own and even when you can, its always nice to have a helping hand to set the table, cook a side dish, or help with the dishes.
Third, remember that a little goes a long way. Some candlelight, a few pumpkins, or a little sign that says “Gather Here” or “All Friends Welcome” can really set the mood for your Friendsgiving party.
One year I went all out on decorations and it took a toll on the budget, then the next year I realized that with only a few candles and mini pumpkins on the table it still felt like a cozy dinner with laughter and kinship. Don’t waste all your money on full-priced decor, rather add a few elements to give a theme and enjoy the food and company more!
Not sure when to host? Typically the weekend before Thanksgiving or the Saturday after make for great Friendsgiving parties, but choose a time that works well with your schedule or when you know your friends or neighbors will be in town. There is no rule that says you have to host this party on a specific date.