It might not be the most graceful portmanteau, but a “Friendsgiving” dinner can be an excellent occasion that you wish to repeat for years to come. Taking the principles of the Thanksgiving dinner but applying them to a meal with friends, Friendsgiving shows that “family” is whatever you make it. These tips will help if you plan on hosting a Friendsgiving.
Let People Bring Food
As a host, you shouldn’t be expected to do all the cooking. Some guests will appreciate being able to bring their own food. You could make Friendsgiving into a potluck-style event. This can help you all to explore the different culinary backgrounds of each guest.
Review Dietary Restrictions
To show you’re a true friend to everyone you invite, you need to know what they can and can’t eat. When you send out invites, ask guests to notify you of any provisions they need. Before you decide on special recipes for those who need them, get in touch and ask if they work for your guests. You should also give them the chance to share any recipes ideas.
Some of your guests may have dietary restrictions. A gracious host always asks and takes away the stigma from the attendee. When you approach someone it makes them feel like you’re happy to comply and that they are not a burden. If you know that someone is dealing with addiction recovery that could be triggered by secondhand drinking then you can make sure that you keep the party alcohol free.
Keep Children Busy
If your guests have teenagers or children it would be beneficial to let them have an area to play. This way you can make the most out of a conversation between adults. You can set up movies for teenagers with themed snacks. You can also have them interact and get to know each other with interactive Jackbox TV games they can all join in on their cellphones. If your guests have infants or toddlers then a spare bedroom where mothers can nurse/ put kids to sleep would be ideal.
You need to do all you can to help people feel welcomed, which takes more than inviting them to your Friendsgiving. Take the time to greet everyone and have a least one good conversation with each guest. You can also do your part as a host by introducing people to each other, turning strangers into friends.
Thankfulness should be a component of Thanksgivings and Friendsgiving alive. Though there’s much to be concerned about, the atmosphere of joy that comes through sharing a meal with friends helps you put those worries at rest. During dinner, go around and have everyone say what they’re thankful for. You should also show your explicit appreciation towards your friends for coming out and sharing the day with you.
Have A Friendsgiving
Issues like not being able to travel or estrangement from family can make it difficult for some to enjoy Thanksgiving. However, if you’re able to bring people together through the power of friendship, you can give them an absolutely great holiday. Friendsgiving might just last for one day, but the strengthened bonds can be felt for far longer.