The Best Friendsgiving ๐Ÿ—

Happy almost Thanksgiving! I think this might be my favorite time of year because the holiday anticipation is STRONG. I love it.

ALSO, 

The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is two Thanksgiving dinners and these days, your squad is essentially a second family. And they deserve a dinner hosted at your house.

oh, AND the leftovers. You just canโ€™t beat them.

Here's how to double your fun โ€“ and give thanks for great friends โ€“ with a Friendsgiving dinner this year.

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Scheduling your Friendsgiving

Earlier in the month works well if you're also using it as a trial run for actual Thanksgiving. Pros are that people are usually around, no one has turkey fatigue yet and you get to fine-tune your party game plan without burning out.

**disclaimer: Because, thanksgiving is Thursday, "earlier" isn't a real an option. This is incase you're planning for next year, I got ya'll.

The same weekend of Thanksgiving is awesome if you're into stretching out the holiday. Pros: You can strategically repurpose leftovers into new dishes, turkeys are on sale and you're already hyperaware of the one thing you really needed to have this year.

Either way, save yourself a little prep time by picking at least one make-ahead recipe, doubling it, then freezing it so you've got less to do for round two.

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Planning Your Dishes

Friendsgiving was made for potluck. โœจ

Assign your guests a general category (potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, dessert), and, if you think it's necessary, a theme (Korean, Italian, farm-to-table, deep-fried). Once your friends RSVP, figure out amounts from here.

With that being said, you (as the host) should make the turkey and gravy, because who is really going to transport 20-odd pounds of piping-hot poultry anywhere.

If  big dinner parties just isn't your forte, have plenty of snacks and apps on hand just in case dinner gets delayed. This can be as simple as a cheese plate or veggies and dips, or you can have one of your more skillful friends prep something from here. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ

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cheese-plate

Do you have vegan or dramatic friends (lol)? Use this cheat sheet to strategize.

Also, this is v, important...depending on who your friends are, you'll probably also want to have alcohol on hand. You can either go wine and beer only, or plan on one of these awesome cocktails to have as your house drink.

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Setting the Scene

Make sure you have plenty of serving utensils and platters. If your friends are bringing sides, have them bring serving bowls too.

If anyone calls and doesnโ€™t know what to bring, suggest ice, wine or napkins. Those are always welcome.

If youโ€™re serving dinner buffet style, wrap utensils in napkins and put the bundles at the end of the buffet line so people can grab them when theyโ€™re done loading their plates. If youโ€™re doing family style, consider scooping popular sides (like sweet potatoes) into two bowls so people donโ€™t have to pass things too far.

You can definitely go full tablescape if you want โ€” I mean, what are friends really for, if not to appreciate your decorative Pinterest ideas. As long as your table is full of friends (and your friends are full of food), you can consider your Friendsgiving a success.

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friendsgiving

That's the best part about friends, though: With all the hustle and bustle this time of year, it can be hard to find the perfect way to show your appreciation. After all, they don't need extravagant $200 dinner dates. For your closest friends, a 'lil something you all can contribute to is all you need to give, a "thank you" for all those times they listened to you recount your dreams or looked at screenshots of your Tinder matches. **disclaimer: no, I don't Tinder.

Love ya'll have a fun + safe thanksgiving! -xxo Sarah