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How to Host an Affordable Friendsgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, but friends miss each other over the holidays too! Friendsgiving is a way to celebrate with buddies, pals, and besties before everyone heads home. While Turkey Day will get most of the attention and effort, it is possible to host an extra day of thanks without burning through the whole Black Friday budget.

Include Everybody

The average Friendsgiving is not a big elaborate, affair. This is just a small group of intimates hanging out before the big day. This means there is less to do, and it is much easier to divvy up responsibility. Get friends involved, and have a plan of who will do what, bake what, and buy what. Generally, it is the host’s responsibility to provide the main course (turkey!) but if everyone buys into the idea, it should be pretty simple to spread out the work and cost.

Bring Outside Inside

It may feel wasteful to spend a lot of time and money decorating for something like Friendsgiving, but it is still a special occasion. Luckily, Thanksgiving is autumn-themed, and Autumn can be found right outside! Bring in some colored leaves, real pumpkins and gourds, and even some tastefully arranged branches to set the mood. Maybe one or two purchases need to be made to tie it all together, but there’s plenty to be found in the backyard – and it’s all on theme.

Get Creative

Thanksgiving is a day of tradition, and that’s what makes it so special. But Friendsgiving has some extra flexibility. Experiment with friends and find out what could be a fun way to celebrate apart from the traditional turkey.  Maybe football and pie? Is there a special dish that everyone loves?

Is there a non-holiday movie everyone enjoys? Have fun with it and don’t feel pressured to make it look a certain way. Chow mein and video games might not say “Thanksgiving” to everybody, but this is Friendsgiving!

Have a Leftovers Plan

Lastly, have a plan for what to do with the leftovers. Everyone will be stashing their refrigerator full of leftover turkey and stuffing soon, so don’t load up early. Plan to prepare less food than usual to cut down on the doggie-bag situation. Come with some empty bowls prepared and hand out portions to everyone.

This could also be a great opportunity to help someone out who might be struggling. The leftovers of the Friendsgiving dinner might not be ready to be donated, but maybe the friends could all bring a canned good to give to a homeless shelter. Plenty of charities are slammed with requests at this time of year, so donations a week early will be greatly appreciated.

Then, the meal is not just a time to spend having fun with your buddies (nothing wrong with that, of course!), but something even more.

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