The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner…

The weeks leading up to turkey day are perfect for inviting your friends over for a Friendsgiving. This feast is sure to be your new favorite tradition. It tends to be more casual than the typical Thanksgiving dinner that is crowded with out of town family that you may not have seen in years. Friendsgiving is an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving exactly the way you want to & make it your own. Here are some helpful tips & tricks for hosting a perfect Friendsgiving dinner:

Quality Over Quantity

People always say, the more the merrier…but when you’re hosting a Friendsgiving that’s not necessarily the case. A shorter guest list provides for a more casual & intimate dinner. It also means less stress & less dishes to clean after you party. Having fewer attendees will allow yourself quality time with your chosen family a.k.a. your closest friends.

Decorate & Celebrate

Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the holiday season. So your Friendsgiving is the perfect excuse to go all out and decorate your home. Whether you only put up Thanksgiving decorations and/or have a few Christmas items on display, it will be sure to make your home look fun & festive.

Bring Something to the Table

Buying the full Thanksgiving spread for you friends can get super expensive. An affordable & fun option is to have each guest bring a dish to share. By having a potluck-style Friendsgiving, you can focus more on having a perfectly cooked turkey. Just make sure that you help coordinate what everyone is going to bring so that you don’t end up with 3 pumpkin pies.

Gather ‘Round

Chances are you may have more guests than your dining table can fit. Consider renting some tables, chairs & linens to be able to comfortably fit all of your guests. Giving everyone a little elbow room will give everyone an overall better experience.

Dish Up

If you are having a ton of guests at your Friendsgiving, you may need some extra dishware, flatware & glassware. Don’t get stuck doing the dishes after your party by renting your dinnerware. Most rental companies will pick-up the dirty dishes after your event is over. Additionally, by renting the dinnerware you need, you are guaranteed to have a matching set & look like the hostess with the mostess.

All You Can Eat Buffet

If your short on space in your home, consider having a food buffet in your kitchen. Chaffers & other serving dishes/utensils will definitely come in handy here. Your food will keep warm & you’ll have more room at your table for some smaller dishes such as the gravy.

Make It a Tradition

The absolute best part about having a Friendsgiving, is the fact that you get to have a more laid back version of a Thanksgiving with your favorite people. Additionally, everyone can share their family traditions & your friend group can form your own traditions. These are memories that you will cherish forever!