Friendsgivings are becoming the new norm for the holiday season. Instead of burning out with a long week at home with mom and dad, plan a Thanksgiving celebration with your friends that you’ll really enjoy. Kiara Hervey shares her tips for a flawless friendsgiving spread.
The best part of friendsgiving is getting to try food your friends love. If you’re lucky enough to have a rainbow coalition of friends, you might get authentic Chinese, Mexican, or Italian food on Thanksgiving.
Pro Tip: Don’t be the person on brings a small dish. Bring enough food for everyone to enjoy large portions instead of tiny samples. If nobody eats it, at least you’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week.
It should go without saying, but every gather of friends needs alcohol. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try a warm whiskey or bourbon blend. (1835 is a favorite among my friends.) Bring a bottle to share and be a hero of friendsgiving.
Save the Justin Bieber for a midnight rager. Classic friendsgiving music calls for old school jams like Montell Jordan, Jagged Edge and other classics. Charge up your bluetooth speaker, make a dope playlist, and let the vibes flow.
This might be more challenging for the men to come up with, but head to Pinterest and get ideas on easy decor. You don’t need a full cornucopia, but some focal centerpiece makes your spread even more picture worthy.
Everyone likes feeling a little fancy, even on holidays that call for tradition. To set the mood, bust out some candles, creative lighting, and set the stage for a great photo.
A meal by Wolfgang Puck might not be in the budget, but you can spring for a few final finishes from a nice restaurant. Order a side or add a sprig of mint to your glass of Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck. Adding little touches take your meal from basic to fancy in one snap.
A friendsgiving isn’t complete without a variety of friends. Invite your friend who is known to spark up a stimulating conversation on politics, religion, and all the things you normally can’t talk about at work. Friendsgiving should be a release from your everyday life, so spend it with people you actually love.
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?
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