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Your guide to hosting a thrifty Friendsgiving

Traveling home for the holidays isn’t always feasible.

Friends around a table eating Thanksgiving together

Sometimes you just can't make it home due to financial reasons or maybe you're tied down at work. Your family had planned to visit, but ultimately it just didn't pan out. So, what's an affordable solution to not leave you lonely on turkey day this year?


Friendsgiving is an excellent alternative for the times that you are unable to spend Thanksgiving with family. You can invite friends that are essentially family who also were unable to make it home or simply just wanted to avoid traveling out of town. As long as everyone contributes, it will be a fun and affordable holiday. Here are some guidelines to host your very own Friendsgiving:

1. Hostess with the Most-est. If you are the one trying to coordinate a Friendsgiving get-together, by default that would make you the host. This typically means that the meal will be hosted at your house or apartment - as long as the amount of space makes it possible. Ensure that you will have enough place settings (paper plates and plastic cutlery will work) and spots at the table to seat people. The host will also be expected to cook the turkey, or any turkey replacement entrée, that will be making an appearance at your Friendsgiving dinner. It will then be up to your friends to supply the rest.

Overview of a table filled with Thanksgiving food.Ask your guests to bring a classic Thanksgiving side dish as a way to contribute to the potluck.

2. Food pass to Friendsgiving. Your guests should bring the classic Thanksgiving side dishes as a way to contribute to the potluck. The host should help coordinate who brings what, this is as easy as setting up a Facebook event page or group text message so everyone can communicate, and from there you can rest assured that all the right pieces to your Friendsgiving dinner will be there.

3. Beverages and Dessert. The final items on your Friendsgiving menu to coordinate is the beverages and dessert, what some might argue are the most important parts. Beverages and desserts can vary depending on everyone's personal tastes, but generally if you divide your group into two halves, one half brings a beverage to share and the other a dessert, there will be enough to go around for everyone.

Friendsgiving is whatever you make it to be. As long as everyone gathered brings a contribution to your potluck, it will be a fun and affordable time. 

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