Thanksgiving is my third favorite holiday of the year; Christmas ranks first followed closely by Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is one of my favorite holidays because you get all of the wonderful foods that are associated with Thanksgiving while avoiding questions about college from your drunk and overbearing relatives.
Friendsgiving is a time for bonding with both new and old friends and appreciating each other, which is something that is often forgotten due to your busy schedules. However, sometimes Friendsgiving festivities are a little spontaneous, forcing you to prepare things as quickly as possible. Here are a few ways to make your last-minute Friendsgiving one to remember forever.
- Simple Pumpkin Muffins
These muffins are extremely easy to make and require minimal effort. Even the worst bakers can whip up a batch of these. The recipe only requires two ingredients: Spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Mix the ingredients together and put the mixture in a muffin pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, cook for 20 minutes and voila! An easy and quick treat for Friendsgiving festivities.
Make sure you let all of your friends know about the festivities. Invites don’t need to be fancy; a Facebook invite will work just fine. Facebook invites are efficient and make RSVPing very easy. Work in a Facebook group to coordinate what dishes other guests can bring and notify guests of any last-minute changes.
Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult, it can be as simple as creating colorful construction paper placemats with your guest’s name and a reason why you’re thankful for them. Also, if you have some miniature pumpkins or gourds laying around from Halloween, use them to create a festive centerpiece. Have your guests show off their artistic flair by creating a construction paper turkey. By simply tracing the outline of their hand, a guest can create a makeshift turkey. Once the turkeys are made, have your friends write a note of thankfulness on the turkey and hang them up on the refrigerator.
Every good gathering has a great playlist. Making a great playlist can be stressful, but apps like iTunes Genius and Spotify can make your playlist creation easier. If you have a little extra time on your hands, adding a theme of thankfulness to your song choices will ensure your playlist’s success.
- Dress the Part
It isn’t every day that you get to share a meal with your best friends. Take advantage of this opportunity and put on your favorite outfit. Rent the Runway has great holiday deals if you want to order something designer and feel extra chic for the evening. Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity for a photo op. If you’re feeling extra festive, Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity to create a group holiday card to send out to your family.