Not able to be with family this year for Thanksgiving? Still want the great food, memories, and fantastic company? Having a nice, hot, Thanksgiving meal with a group of friends is a great way to spend the holiday away from home! A great Friendsgiving will take some planning, but you’ll find the rewards delicious.
1. Arrange a time and place
First things first, you’re going to need to find a place to hold your friends-giving activities. This can be a friend’s apartment or even in residence. Wherever it is, make sure you have permission from the people living there. Remember, if you’re holding it in res, not all residences have kitchens. LeMarchant Place, for example, has full kitchens on every floor, while Risley only has kitchenettes.
2. Decide who’s bringing what
Nothing is worse than a Thanksgiving without the essentials, like turkey or mac and cheese! Avoid the confusion by getting your friends together and deciding who can make what. That way nothing is forgotten, and you can know people’s preferences. And for your friends who can’t cook very well? Maybe assign them to bring the cutlery or drinks.
Jazz up your space by putting up lights and Thanksgiving-esque decorations like pumpkins, drawings of cartoon turkeys etc. If you’re living in res you can’t decorate the public areas like the kitchens and lounges, but you could make funny Friendsgiving hats for you and your friends to wear. Be creative!
4. Swap traditions
In university, it’s easy for your friend group to consist of people from a bunch of different places. This means a bunch of different ways that people celebrate Thanksgiving, and maybe some friends who don’t celebrate it at all. This is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, and maybe even be able to try some new delicious food!
Now for the best part: Clean up! By this time everyone’s full and ready to take a nap. Beat the hassle by letting everyone clean up their own set of dishes so there are no fights about who’s cleaning what.
Happy Friendsgiving! Hope you have a great time. (Remember, Dalhousie is closed on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 8., but drop by the Thanksgiving potluck feast at the International Centre for some good eats!)
Nari can’t wait for all the mac and cheese she’s going to eat during Friendsgiving this year!