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5 Friendsgiving Gathering Ideas to Try this Year

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with the people you love, to thank God for all he’s provided, and of course, to eat incredible food. We might not always have the opportunity to spend time with family over the holidays - whether we’re working, live far away, or aren’t close with our family. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get together with friends and celebrate all the same!


If you’re not spending Thanksgiving with family this year, you can host your own by throwing a Friendsgiving celebration! Not sure where to start? Get inspired with these 5 ideas on how to throw an unforgettable Friendsgiving.


1. Tell everyone to bring something to share - Assign each guest a side, dessert, or drink. As the host, plan to make a main course, but having everyone bring something along with them will take some of the pressure off of you and make everyone feel involved. And for those kitchen-challenged friends, ask them to bring paper products or drinks or put them in charge of praying the blessing over the meal.


    2. Set the mood - This is the perfect occasion for a curated playlist! Create a Friendsgiving playlist that will encourage head bobbing and maybe even some dancing in the downtime. You can even have your friends contribute to it before they arrive with some of their favorite songs.


      3. Have a theme - Whether it’s telling everyone to wear a color scheme (for some cute photos!), decorating the day around a cute saying or mantra, or even basing your gathering on a TV show or movie (have everyone come in character!), this will make for a fun and engaging experience all around.


        4. Create a contest - See who can bake (or bring) the best pie, decorate pumpkins and vote on the best-looking final product, or even take part in lip syncing some holiday songs. Bring out the competitive nature in everybody and have fun trying to be the best.


          5. Go all out with dessert - Set up an ice cream bar, have everyone bake their favorite type of cookies to bring along, or pick your most coffee-obsessed friend to be the barista for the evening and make everyone fancy espresso drinks. Dessert is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, so highlight it!


            These ideas are just the beginning - make your Friendsgiving uniquely yours and spend your time laughing, eating, and spending time with your friends this season as you take time to reflect on all that you have to be grateful for this season!

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