When I think of hosting a Friendsgiving, one main thing comes to mind–the people who will be sitting around my table. There’s a lot of Friendsgiving how-tos out there with lists on lists of what you need. I think that’s helpful, I really do, especially for people who need lists and maybe for those who aren’t accustomed to hosting. Typically though, those lists are for the ultimate party host who can spend gobs of money on one party, and that’s not exactly the Friendsgiving reality I’m living in, so I thought I’d pair down those lists for the twenty-something trying to host a Friendsgiving without spending much money, but still wanting to show your guests a good time. If you’re anything like me, perhaps hosting Thanksgiving is still a family affair, where you’re not the one in charge of every aspect of the meal (cue super talented chefs Mom and Grandma), and I say, let’s keep it that way! Friendsgivings are way better as potlucks than being stressed out over trying to cook every single dish, so share the responsibility of cooking with those you love.
Our annual Friendsgiving is happening this weekend, and since Matt and I are hosting, we are on turkey-duty (because who wants to transport a fully cooked turkey, juices and all? no thanks.) I quite like cooking the turkey though–if you know me at all, you know that I love chicken and turkey skin–has to be crunchy, has to be flavorful; probably the worst part for you, but absolutely necessary for any respectable Friendsgiving, so I need to make sure the turkey skin is on point.
Here are a few Friendsgiving “Necessities” that I found from various bloggers that are now on my checklist for this weekend:
- DIY Tablecloth— why not make it fun and use brown Kraft paper so that you can write your seating arrangements on the table?
- Natural Table-Scape – Friendsgiving decor does not need to be overdone. Scatter a bunch of tea-lights around the table and gather the best acorns, branches and leaves you can find and keep it simple.
- Coffee and bourbon — some prefer one or the other with dessert. Why not try both together?
- Spiced Turkey — because adding cinnamon, citrus and maple can only enhance the turkey skin, I think
Additional Items to Keep on the Checklist Include:
- Make sure your fridge has plenty of room–your turkey will need to dethaw if its frozen (24 hours per every 5 lbs)
- Have some ability to play music, and a good playlist too — I love the Thanksgiving playlist on Pandora
- Ice bucket– because no one wants to keep going back to your fridge for ice
- Disposable metal pan to hold your turkey
- Enough chairs–pretty self explanatory 🙂
- Plates, cups, cutlery & serving utensils – apparently Friendsgiving lists feel the need to include this. I don’t know how one would eat otherwise, so these seem obvious, but I’ll include it in case you choose to go disposable. Just make sure if you don’t, that you truly do have enough plates/glasses/forks to go around
- Meat thermometer–because internal turkey temp is quite important
Sounds simple enough, right? I sure hope so! We’ll see what happens this weekend 🙂 Anything you would add to this paired down Friendsgiving check-list?
Sources: 1-Dawn Nicole Designs / 2-The Pretty Blog / 3-Endless Simmer.com / 4-Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen by Food Network