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How to Host a Friendsgiving

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Chipotle and Orange

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Many of us are fortunate enough to spend time with beloved family members each Thanksgiving, but what about our close friends? Show how thankful you are for their friendship by hosting a Friendsgiving. Just use the tips and recipes below to learn how to host a Friendsgiving. It's sure to become a new tradition with your besties.

Hosting Friendsgiving: Scheduling

The holidays are such a busy time of year, so pick a date for your Friendsgiving early and send out the invites well in advance. In terms of picking the right date to host a Friendsgiving, it may be best to choose something a few weeks before Thanksgiving. With all of the travel plans during the busy holiday season, it can be difficult to find a time that works for everyone. Plus, if you're going to host an actual Thanksgiving Day feast later, you can consider the Friendsgiving a practice run for the main event.

Hosting Friendsgiving: Crafting a Menu

Maybe the best part of hosting Friendsgiving is choosing the menu. Thanksgiving dinner is typically a time to uphold tradition and, say, enjoy Aunt Virginia's stuffing recipe—and there's nothing wrong with that. However, as you're exploring how to host a Friendsgiving, you'll start to understand that part of the beauty of this more casual get together is being able try out new dishes. Who knows, you may even create whole new traditions?

To find some inspiration for your Friendsgiving menu, check out our collection of delicious Friendsgiving recipes. You'll find tasty twists on a range of holiday classics, and Friendsgiving is the perfect time to try them. For instance, you can kick your basic bird up a notch with our Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Chipotle and Orange. Be daring – your friends will appreciate a break from traditional Thanksgiving fare!

Hosting Friendsgiving: Enjoying the Day

Ultimately the biggest lesson in learning how to host a Friendsgiving is coming to understand that there shouldn't be any pressure. After all, the whole point of hosting Friendsgiving is to enjoy the company of your friends. Save time in the kitchen with the help of Easy Thanksgiving Desserts and appetizers like our Easy Deviled Eggs that only take 15 minutes to put together—and that will still wow everyone in the crowd. Whether you're hosting a potluck Friendsgiving or cooking the meal yourself, we wish you and your BFFs a relaxed and happy Friendsgiving!

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