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Last year we hosted a Friendsgiving dinner for the first time. I was expecting Bubba to arrive any day, so we were on full baby watch and kind of sticking around the house waiting to head to the hospital.
We hadn’t made a turkey, because you KNOW Murphy’s Law would have it that I’d go into labor with a turkey in the oven. That’s just how life seems to work out sometimes! Instead, our friends offered to bring over their leftovers to share and a tradition was born.
Have you been hearing about the Friendsgiving trend but don’t know where to start? Here are my tips for pulling off a non-stressful Friendsgiving event – because let’s face it, no one wants to plan a SECOND big dinner in one weekend.
1. Have Everyone Bring Their Leftovers
Leftovers are key to an easy Friendsgiving celebration. The best part of leftovers is that you get a taste of everyone’s Thanksgiving traditions and you don’t need to prepare anything extra. You don’t realize how different staples like stuffing and mashed potatoes can be until you see what your friends make. One of my friends took all of her leftovers (turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing) and put them into empanadas. Maybe it was the fact I was 9 months pregnant (but I doubt it!), but those empanadas were seriously one of the top 5 foods I have had in my life. It was like a whole dinner in a neat little package. It was something I would have never experienced without a leftovers party.
We added a pie and some drinks and there were still plenty of leftovers even AFTER our leftovers party!
2. Let Your Friends or Kids Help Trim the Tree
Black Friday is my day to trim the tree and deck out the house in holiday decorations. Make a party of decorating by putting some holiday music on and letting your friends participate in the festivities!
3. Set up a Movie or Craft for the Kids
Keep the kids busy with a movie or craft so you can focus on chatting about holiday shopping and football with your friends. Netflix offers lots of movies that celebrate friendship and teamwork. Here are a few of our favorites available for streaming.
Do you host to attend a Friendsgiving celebration? If so, what traditions has your group created?