Almost as good, if not better than Thanksgiving itself, the new-age and increasingly popular FriendsGiving has snuck its way onto social calendars across the nation. An unforced gathering of your closest friends makes for a truly fun and special dining experience.My fiance and I were able to host our own Friendsgiving last year in our small apt and I'm here to share some great tips and ideas to make your dinner not only smooth, but fun for everyone.
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Potluck - Designate a dish and create some competitions amongst your friends. Even the worst cooks can bust out a family standby dish that will impress! We send out a Google Sheet so people can sign up for dishes. You can see our list this year to the right. We expect between 18-26 people, so we broke down dish categories asking people to make enough food for 10. This not only takes care of all the staples, but it also allows some creativity and inevitably tasty food.
Booze - Depending on your crowd, you will probably do some drinking. Supplying wine and beer for the entire crowd can get expensive. We have a line item on our food spreadsheet so friends can also sign up to bring wine in 2 bottle increments (we learned a lesson last year, more wine!).
Table/Settings - This next section is a serious tip, not just for Friendsgiving, but for any time you are hosting a party. Get your house and table ready way in advance. If you can do it the night before, do so! It will save so much stress and time if you get all of the gritty details done the day before. Clean your house, set the table (or at least plan out your settings), and separate glassware, flatware and dinnerware so you aren't furiously cleaning the day of the party.
Large Parties - Our table got big last year. We sat 27 in our tiny apartment. Outside of the logistics to get seats and table space for everyone, the one thing that helped the most was getting disposable (compostable) plates and larger serving plates. We wanted all the food on the table, so we had the turkey and all the side dishes separated on smaller multiple serving dishes places throughout the table.
Fun Tips - Since all our friends don't know each other, we made everyone pick a # out of a bowl and numbered all the seats so everyone was randomly seated next to each other which was a big hit!
Have FUN! - Don't stress, this is a fun dinner. Kick back, have a glass, and enjoy the company of those you love.
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