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We all have some friends that have become family. I like to call them Framily.
One thing we know about Thanksgiving is that there is a harvest spread!
So, here’s an idea: How about starting a new tradition- FRIENDSGIVING!
The day after the holiday (or even the Saturday after) gather your friends (framily), some board games, the kids, cocktails (and mocktails of course.)
And leftovers! I’m sure there will be plenty!
Here are 10 tips that’ll help you master a Friendsgiving celebration:
1. Pot Luck!
You’ll have to be careful with food delegations because Thanksgiving foods are traditionally pretty much the same in every household. Try to put a twist on some of the suggestions.
For instance, serve up turkey melt sliders or turkey enchiladas! Be sure to be considerate of vegans and food allergies.
2. Something for the Little People. Print out some quick selfie props or fall-themed coloring sheets. Try some easy crafts or fun activities. Create a bonding environment for the kids to get closer to their “play cousins.”
Y’all know we had “play cousins” growing up. Pass that tradition down to the kids.
3. Cocktails and Conversations. Google or head to Pinterest to find some cocktails that includes cranberry juice (let’s stick with the theme.) Even cranberry jello shots will be fun.
4. Mocktails and Conversations. Surely the kids would loved a mixed drink, too! Cranberry and pineapple juice is one of my fave concoctions. Orange wedge garnishments would further encourage these healthy cups of fun.
5. Please Don’t Stop the Music! Create a playlist that will stir the love and good vibes! Dancing, karaoke, and awesome trips down memory lane. Let the good times roll, baby! Cocktails + Karaoke = One Great Friendsgiving
6. Player’s Gonna Play! Have some fun options. You can ask your guests to bring their favorite games: Cards, Dominoes, Taboo, Uno, Scrabble, Scattegories, Headbandz- there are so many that promises a good time! If they whip out the classic Monopoly game – the game is definitely on!
7. Say Cheese! Don’t forget your camera! Take lots and lots of pictures! Make memories and capture them. Use the fun Snapchat or Instagram lenses and filters!
Don’t forget to add a special hashtag to all of your social media posts!
8. Be Sweet! Don’t forget the dessert! Plop some ice cream atop that Apple Pie. Go YOLO (you only live once) style. Burn those calories off later!
9. Secret Santa? Plan to do a gift exchange. Remember, it’s truly the thought that counts. Stay on budget, people! No overspending. This is a good time to exchange names for gift giving. It’s also an ideal time to plan your next gathering. Christmas? New Years Eve? Spring Break trip? Work out the deets.
10. Cleaning Up. Be considerate of the host. Thanksgiving is a lot of work for some people. It is an act of affection to invite lots of loved ones over at once. So lets try to help with keeping things tidy and things like cleaning up after the kids. (I’m already tired just thinking about it!)
Okay, you know I was not going to leave you hanging without sharing this –
Some of us are just planners by nature, right? That’s why I absolutely adore these Friendsgiving Kits by Paper Source. They are fun, fun, fun!
Here’s what the kit includes:
This set contains 20 essentials: stain remover (3), floss (3), hand cleanser (3), antacid (2), pain reliever (2), breath drops, pants expander, bib, decision coin, emergency wishbone, wine marker, and toasts.
Haha! Isn’t this just what you needed? Grab a kit for you and friends!
Show your loved one that you love them. Don’t take time for granted. Sometimes blood and lineage don’t define who becomes family – its loyalty and companionship.
Sometimes it is life’s experiences that teach us who family is. Celebrate Thanksgiving with all of the people you are thankful for. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone – and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles…
What did you think of the tips? Did you find them helpful? Are you planning to attend or host a Friendsgiving? Deets, please!
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