Tips for hosting Friendsgiving


The time of year for fun holiday parties has come and we couldn’t be more excited! 

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and being grateful for the people in your life so what better way to celebrate those friends than hosting a Friendsgiving at your house? Friendsgivings are typically held a week before Thanksgiving or the day after. 

Okay, so maybe cooking isn’t your thing and all of this sounds super stressful right now. No worries, because having a potluck takes all of the stress off of you and allows everyone to share the load! Delegate the different types of food to your friends by offering them a sign-up sheet for what food they can bring. To avoid having repeats or too much dessert (although there is no such thing as too much dessert), set a limit to how many beverages, appetizers, sides, main dishes and desserts you need based off of your guest list. Once you’ve figured out who is bringing what, you can move on to the set of your gathering. 

It doesn’t matter how much space you have, it’s all about how you utilize the space to best fit the needs of your party. First, be sure that you include some tables or counter space to accommodate all of the food. Formal seating isn’t a must at Friendsgiving so it’s okay to ditch the long dining room table if you’d like. Instead, you can opt for comfy and casual living room seating. 

For some group fun, include some party games; my favorites are “Jackbox Games” which you can connect to your TV and everyone plays on their phone, “Cards Against Humanity,” or “Throw Throw Burrito.”  For your decorations, you can either go all out with some festive fall pieces or you can keep it minimal. Whatever you decide to do, just remember to appreciate your friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving!

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Katy Pentiuk
Katy (20) is a sophomore at UMD majoring in Journalism with a double minor in Psychology and Communications. In her free time, you can find her exploring and trying new things with friends. Her interests include fashion, photography, music and true crime, all of which she hopes to incorporate in her articles. Follow her journey on social media: