Host a Fun Friends­giv­ing

This year, gather with friends and share a new Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tion. We’ll show you how!

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Thanks­giv­ing was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as a time to cel­e­brate and give thanks for a suc­cess­ful har­vest. Now, it’s a day set aside to ap­pre­ci­ate the year’s bless­ings and join to­gether with fam­ily to feast on a hefty meal. In fact, so many people jour­ney long dis­tances to be with their loved ones on Thanks­giv­ing that is has be­come the busiest travel day of the year.

But for any num­ber of rea­sons, many folks aren’t able or choose not to travel home for the hol­i­day. In­stead, they cel­e­brate with nearby friends. Over the last few years, host­ing “Friends­giv­ing” in ad­di­tion to or in­stead of Thanks­giv­ing has be­come very pop­u­lar. The word it­self is about a decade old and refers to a gath­er­ing ex­clu­sively of friends over a potluck-style spread, of­ten com­pris­ing cre­ative and non­tra­di­tional dishes. Friends­giv­ing is held near or on Thanks­giv­ing it­self, when­ever it works best for ev­ery­one in­vited to at­tend.

A de­light­ful trait of the new un­of­fi­cial hol­i­day is its cus­tom­iz­a­ble char­ac­ter—make it as for­mal or in­for­mal as you like, even set a theme! For our Friends­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion, we merged the tra­di­tional meal with a nos­tal­gic board-game mo­tif. With this theme, you can in­vite friends to bring their fa­vorite games to share af­ter en­joy­ing a lovely din­ner to­gether. Spend the evening play­ing while munch­ing on yummy snacks and de­li­cious drinks. What bet­ter way to spend a fun, re­lax­ing hol­i­day with friends—those who are some­times even closer than fam­ily.

This year, gather with friends and share a new Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tion. We’ll show you how!

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