5 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Friendsgiving

November will be here before you know it, and there’s never been a better time to start a new tradition with friends. According to Merriam-Webster, the word Friendsgiving first appeared around 2007 as an informal alternative to a holiday normally spent with family. It was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in January 2020. 


The great thing about Friendsgiving is that it doesn’t come with all of the rules and obligations of more traditional holidays. You’re the boss of Friendsgiving! But planning ahead does help ensure things go smoothly, and everyone has a relaxing, enjoyable time. Here are 5 tips for hosting the perfect Friendsgiving.


1. Make a seating plan

This can be as formal or informal as you want it to be. Mainly, you want to make sure you’ve got a place for everyone to sit comfortably. If your guests won’t all be seated at the same table, make sure your clusters each have roughly the same number of people, and the groups are appropriately spaced around the room.


2. Don’t turn down help

While you might feel tempted to host an unforgettable event all on your own, Danielle Centoni at The Kitchn advises against it: “Resist, for the sake of your own well-being and that of your friends. They want to enjoy the best of you on this happy holiday, not the stressed-out worst.” And to that end...


3. Go potluck style, and definitely distribute a signup sheet 

In addition to ensuring you don’t end up with five apple pies and no turkey, a potluck signup - including coordination of proper serving utensils - also helps you plan how you’re going to arrange all the food. This brings us to number four...


4. Create a snack and drink station outside of the kitchen

You may be pulling hot things out of the oven and putting the finishing touches on your own dishes as friends are arriving, so it makes good hosting sense to have something to offer them when they arrive and also keep them out of your way. Pro hosting tip: a sideboard or buffet table is a terrific low-profile option for a hot chocolate bar. 


5. Remember, it’s about the friends

You’ve planned ahead, accepted help, and made all the proper arrangements, so there’s no reason why you can’t sit down and enjoy the time with your friends. Resist the temptation to wait on them hand and foot as you might during a more formal dinner party. Make sure everyone knows where to find what they need, and then go ahead and relax.


The Traditions at Slate Ridge townhomes provide the perfect space for hosting: open concept floor plans with ample kitchen and counter space and plenty of room for bar stool seating. If you’re ready to welcome friends, we’re ready to welcome you home. Call (614) 902-4891 to schedule a tour today.


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