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What You’ve Been Missing Out On: Friendsgiving

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Chloe Frederick, Kira Downs, and Taylor Rohleen anticipate Friendsgiving.

Chloe Frederick, Kira Downs, and Taylor Rohleen anticipate Friendsgiving.

Photo Credit Kelly Hazlett

Photo Credit Kelly Hazlett

Chloe Frederick, Kira Downs, and Taylor Rohleen anticipate Friendsgiving.

Kelly Hazlett, Staff

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As another November rolls around, another Friendsgiving comes about. Many people are unfamiliar with the concept of Friendsgiving, so here’s the rundown.

The term “Friendsgiving” has mixed origin stories, but most people agree that it became popularized with the hit 90s show, Friends. In the show, the 6 best friends decide to celebrate Thanksgiving with each other and enjoy a potluck dinner. As time went on, people adopted the trend and made it their own. Most people celebrate Friendsgiving on a day other than Thanksgiving, typically on a weekend at night after Thanksgiving. Essentially, people who partake have the honor of indulging in 2 Thanksgiving meals: one with family and one with friends. However, in order for a Friendsgiving to run properly, there are a few rules.

First and foremost, everyone must contribute a dish that is coordinated before the event by the host (via text or Google Docs sign up sheet). Guests can contribute mashed potatoes, stuffing, pecan pie, drinks and more! No worries if your friends aren’t into cooking, store bought food is perfect as well! The host is responsible for the turkey, as it needs to be fresh and ready in time for dinner, which also means the host is responsible for gravy.

Another Friendsgiving necessity is that everyone is on time. If people are late, the food won’t be as fresh and people who fasted the whole day in preparation for the food overload will be very unhappy.  

Additionally Friendsgiving should be relatively stress free: don’t worry about fancy table settings or using real plates. Friendsgiving is about the people and the experience, not the formalities, so break out those paper plates and plastic utensils. Paper plates and plastic wrap are also a super easy tool to help each guest take home some leftovers! Easy cleanup gives the opportunity to play some fun games and enjoy an excessive amount of sweets.

Classic game options include: Cards Against Humanity, LCR, and Taboo. However, if hosts want to get creative, Sardines is a great option. Sardines is essentially reverse hide and seek in the dark. One person hides and the rest of the party searches for them. When a guest finds the hidden person, the guest also hides. This goes on until one person is still searching. It’s the perfect, fun way to wrap up the night.

It’s not too late to make Friendsgiving a tradition in your friend group! All you need is food and some good friends to have an amazing night. So what’s stopping you? Host a Friendsgiving and see what all the hype is about!

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One Response to “What You’ve Been Missing Out On: Friendsgiving”

  1. Malia on November 16th, 2017 9:19 pm

    I think that this was very nice and informative! Great job!

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