Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

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Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

For the first time ever, my girlfriends from high school and I will be celebrating Friendsgiving and telling you I'm "excited" would be the understatement of the century.

Not only have we been planning this since the summer, but it has been impossible to get us all in the same place for over a year. So, what better way to celebrate finally getting us all under the same roof than with a feast? There's literally no better way.

But, of course, with the fun comes a little extra stress for the host/hostess (shout out to you, Meg, for inviting all of us to your apartment for the weekend)!

To help eliminate some of the not-so-fun stuff about cooking/hosting/cleaning, I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of tips, tricks, and reminders to hosting a stress-free Friendsgiving.

I'm skipping the typical "how to make a pretty holiday tablescape" and jumping right to the gold. Think of it as a "how to host a successful Friendsgiving with the least cooking, cleanup, and stress" list. Because anyone on the guest list for a Friendsgiving only cares about the company, anyway!

Keep it Simple:

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)Make it a potluck!

Ask everyone you've invited to bring a dish. Especially if you are hosting this Friendsgiving in addition to your regular Thanksgiving Day festivities (although I highly recommend doing this for Thanksgiving as well), make it as easy on yourself as possible and have others contribute. In our case, we're all going shopping and cooking together.

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

Use disposable plates/cups/utensils.

I'm all for a beautiful tablescape, but until I'm a real adult (and probably even then), the disposable stuff is where it's at. It's just way too convenient to pass up. Free up the time you'd be wasting to do dishes and spend it with your friends instead. As for the pots and pans, ask everyone to chip in on the clean up and it will be done in no time.

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)
Opt for canned & pre-made options when possible.

While I'm being honest, 9 out of 10 times the canned and pre-made stuff is just as good (if not better) than any homemade version anyway, so go for it. For all I care, fib a little if you have to and tell them you made the darn pie or cranberry sauce even if you didn't.

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

Cross out Negative Nancy from the guest list.

Best possible way to make sure your day is stress-free: leave the party poopers out. This is not the event for that! Positive people only, please.


Must-Have Menu Items:

☐ Turkey (or even a rotisserie chicken) and/or tofurkey

Things You May Need:


☐ Stuffing

☐ Mashed potatoes

Things You May Need:

☐ Cranberry sauce

☐ Corn

☐ Vegetable(s)

☐ Pie(s)

Things You May Need:


Things to Remember:

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

Dietary restrictions/preferences.

I'm sure some of your friends have dietary restrictions and it's important to make sure there are options for them so everyone can eat and have a good time! If you decided to go potluck style, have him or her pick out his or her favorite dish or dessert to bring to the table + serve other options for them as well.
Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

Wine and alcohol.

This is extremely important! Forget the turkey if you have to, but DO NOT forget the wine. Just don't do it, please (unless, of course, you're under 21)...

Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)

Fun!

Food can be distracting, but don't forget to have fun! Plan to play games and/or blast music throughout the event.

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Want to Host a Stress-Free Friendsgiving? Use these Helpful Tips & Reminders (+ Checklist)


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Have you ever hosted a Friendsgiving? What are your go-to tips and tricks to make it easy and stress-free?

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27 comments

  1. THIS. WAS. AMAZING. Especially because I am planning a friendsgiving!

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    1. Aww this makes me so happy! YAY! I'm so glad you found it useful! And I hope you have THE best friendsgiving ever. I am so excited for mine! :) xo

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  2. I'm planning on hosting this year's Thanksgiving for our family for the first time & I'm so excited about it! A tip for those that would like to decorate a pretty table with fine china but don't want to have to wash it? Take a tip from my great aunt. Set out the good stuff but have everyone make their plates in the kitchen. They can sit their paper plate on the china and there's no cleanup! It's hilarious, but it actually does work ;)

    xoxo, SS


    Southern and Style

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    1. Oh. My. Gosh. That is honestly the best thing I have ever heard. BRILLIANT! Your great aunt is absolutely onto something, that's so fabulous! Would love to see how your tablescape ends up coming out! Have so much fun hosting your first Thanksgiving! xo

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  3. Ahhhh yesssss! I've only had friendsgiving once, but it was AMAZING! I can't wait to read all about your friendsgiving!!!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you loved it! I cannot wait! I'm hoping it becomes a yearly tradition. It's so hard to get all of my close friends in one spot, but this might be our time of year to do it :) Thanks so much for reading! xo

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  4. These are such great tips! We are hosting a friends giving and I am so nervous about everything coming together.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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    1. To be honest, I was a little nervous too because it’s hard to please everyone! But when you’re with friends in a group, it’s hard not to be happy and have a good time. The food, drinks, and atmosphere are a bonus, but the company is definitely the best part and that’s what most people will focus on! With friends, everything seemed to be a lot less stressful. Have so much fun! I’m sure it will be so fabulous!! xo

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  5. Make it a potluck is seriously such a good idea! I love that idea for people to bring wine too!

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    1. Oh totally! The more wine and food, the better!! Hahaha so everyone is absolutely encouraged to bring it ALL! :)

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  6. Love the idea of celebrating friends. I have not heard this before - fantastic idea, super hosting ideas.

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Sydney! It’s so lovely celebrating friendship! And such a blast! xo

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  7. These are such great tips! I love the one to leave out Negative Nancys - that's so important!!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

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    1. HAHA! It sounds so silly, but it really is SO important. Nothing like a negative Nancy to ruin a funtime. Thanks so much for reading, Kristin! :)

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  8. My co-worker was just talking to me yesterday about her planning a friendsgiving with her friends. This is such a cool idea thanks for the tips.

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    1. It was a new thing for us, but SO fun! Definitely worth doing! Thanks for reading, DeAndrea! :) xo

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  9. Doing a potluck is key to getting a bunch of lovely dishes (and not having tons of pressure on the host!)
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

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    1. Absolutely! Sooo helpful! It also makes it feel like everyone’s a part of the day! Love it! Thanks for reading, Tori! xo

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  10. I'm planning my first ever friendsgiving this year, so I'm printing your checklist because tbh, I don't even know where to begin! luckily, my bf can cook a turkey. x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

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    1. Yay! I’m so happy this can be helpful for you! Have so much fun, we kept it very simple and had SUCH.a blast. Thanks for reading! xo

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  11. Cute, cute, cute! I love a fun friendsgiving!

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    1. It really was such a blast! Can’t wait to make it an annual tradition!

      xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

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  12. Pinning because I'm hosting a Thanksgiving next Tuesday and that is stressful!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy to hear this is helpful for you! I totally get the stress, but friends are always understanding, so don't stress too much about the little things, they're mostly there for the company anyway! xo

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  13. These are such great get-together tips! I always love a good pot-luck with paper plates.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

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    1. The best way to enjoy food and not worry about the aftermath! You can’t lose!! Thanks for reading, Molly!

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  14. the negative nancy bit made me laugh, but it's so true!

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