friendsgiving essentials

24 November 2015
it's not too late to host friendsgiving! (and who said you have to have it before thanksgiving? everything'll be on sale if you have it afterwards! sorry, i let my cheapness show there for a second...)

devin and i hosted our first ever friendsgiving last weekend, and it was so much fun! we had our bible study group over and everyone brought a dish (including our one kind friend who also brought 4 forks because i have no clue where the last few stragglers in our silverware set are!). we got 12 adults and 1 baby around our little table in our little house--so i never want to hear the excuse that you don't host things because of space! haha ;) we laughed, talked, ate homemade apple was great.

here are my suggestions for what you need to host friendsgiving:

1// enough time to make the turkey! this was my first time ever cooking a whole turkey, so i was frantically googling "how to thaw a turkey" and realized i'd rather cook a frozen turkey for 2094 hours than deal with thawing a turkey for DAYS/in cold water.

2// something to cut the turkey with. thankfully, our one friend stepped up to the challenge, despite being ill-equipped with our dull knives. i don't own a knife-sharpener, and i don't have one of those pitch-fork looking pokey things.

3// gravy. i don't even want to admit this, but i served turkey side-by-side with some watered-down beef gravy. my poor friends. if i had been planning ahead, i would have had some (turkey gravy) made!!

4// a potato dish. among other things. yay for potluck and friends that are good cooks! 

5// appetizers, because people will show up at different times and everyone's going to be hungry. and what if my cooked from frozen turkey isn't done in time?! 

6// festive table settings! (like these place cards i shared last week. also, i recognize that the picture below is not especially festive. #ohwell)

7// background music.

8// apple cider [sangria?]. this didn't make an appearance at our thanksgiving, but maybe next year?

9// depending on the crowd, games! i'm thinking charades...? or, once the table is cleared, you could play a table game.

10// the taboo version of what i'm thankful for: you can't list Jesus, family, or friends. get creative!

how are you celebrating thanksgiving with family and friends? 

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