Host a Friendsgiving – The Perfect Stress Free Celebration

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Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be spent dodging your sister-in-law’s burnt gravy and your cousin’s political rants. It can be a festive get-together without forced conversation and even without turkey! Enter Friendsgiving. Peep more perks to celebrating Turkey Day with your closest buddies below and decide for yourself. 

Relax, really.

You can always be yourself around friends. That’s why Friendsgiving is so great! Speaking freely, without judgment really takes a huge stress out of the holiday. Make new traditions or decide no traditional behaviors are allowed. Maybe you take this gathering up a notch and everyone wears pajamas. Shake things up and create the memories your aunts can never gossip about later.

Standard Food Rules Do Not Apply

A golden-brown turkey, a big bowl of stuffing, piping hot mashed potatoes, sugary yams, buttery dinner rolls, copious amounts of gravy and THE PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE. All the adjectives!

Many of your friends will still attend family celebrations and enjoy a meal similar to the one described above. If you have a group of friends that all love the standard food list for every Thanksgiving, then no need to stray here. If you are looking for an eclectic assortment of options, however, why not create a Friendsgiving built around dishes they love most? Ask your pals to bring one or two of their favorites and maybe learn a little more about each of them by asking why those dishes are a must-have in their home.

Weekend Holiday

Whether you join in on Thanksgiving with relatives or not, you now know Friendsgiving doesn’t follow the same rules. That means you can celebrate it the weekend before Thanksgiving or even the weekend after.

Schedules get filled quickly and both friends and family are difficult to plan around. Don’t force yourself into inviting your friends over the week of Thanksgiving. Touch base and work out a date that keeps everyone experiencing a pressure-free Friendsgiving, along with you.


Have you been hosting a Friendsgiving for years now? Share how you celebrate this worry-free get together in the comments section!