10 Last-Minute Friendsgiving Host Tips

Not everyone can (or wants to) go home to their family for the holidays. Enter Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving celebration with your friends instead of your relatives. However gathering your framily and preparing a feast with a few days notice can be mind-boggling. No worries, I’m here to help!

1. CREATE AN UNPROBLEMATIC GUEST LIST

You know your friends. Friendsgiving should be a drama-free. Don’t invite anyone who doesn’t know how to act. Be mindful of potential beefs or former flames.

2. SEND A DIGITAL INVITATION

Group chats are for shade, not event information. No one is scrolling through weeks of gossip to find your address. Create a free digital invitation using Evite or Punchbowl and lessen (not eliminate) last minute texts. Also include a RSVP deadline so you can properly prepare.

3. MAKE IT A POTLUCK

A last-minute Friendsgiving, takes a village. Cooking for a large group with dietary restrictions can be overwhelming. Ask your friends to bring their favorite dish and keep track using Perfectpotluck. As the host, you can fill in the food gaps and provide disposable dinnerware.

4. SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS

Espolon Anejo’s Citrus & Clove Cocktail

A potluck doesn’t stop at food. Ask your friends to bring their favorite bottle of wine or liquor. As the host, you can provide chasers or create a signature punch or cocktail. I suggest Espolon Anejo’s Citrus & Clove! Check out the recipe below.

– 1.5 oz Espolòn Añjeo
– 0.5 oz banana liqueur
– 0.5 oz cinnamon simple syrup
– 1 oz blood orange juice

5. A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Depending on the size of your home, a dining room table might not be priority. That’s ok, improvise! Coffee tables, windowsills, a desk, and even a bookcase can be used to sit your plate. Or you can purchase an inexpensive foldable table that you can use for years to come.

6. DECORATE OR NAH?

Y’all know I love a theme. But tablescapes can add up! A harvest-colored tablecloth, some voltaire candles, and a few gourds are more than enough.

7. TAG YOU’RE IT

Create a hashtag, write it on cards, and place them around your home to remind guests to share the memories.

8. PASS THE AUX

Set up a small speaker system and allow guests to set the mood with their own playlists. And don’t don’t be afraid to pull the cord if the vibes aren’t right.

9. PLAYTIME AIN’T OVER

Break the Friendsgiving ice with game options. I suggest Taboo, Uno, and Spades. Just make sure to establish the rules before you pay, we don’t want no problems.

10. CLEAN UP CREW

Purchase large garbage bags for quick clean up and encourage guests to bring their own tupperware for leftovers.

*If you’re attending a Friendsgiving, make sure to bring the host a small appreciation gift. I suggest an I DON’T DO CLUBS home candle.

Genese Jamilah is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of I DON'T DO CLUBS. She enjoys writing things down & making them happen, sharing semi-inappropriate memes, and entertaining her friends & family within her home. INSTAGRAM: @genesejamilah

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