During the holiday season, many of us are transplants from other cities and states and find ourselves an orphan on Thanksgiving. But this doesn't have to be the case!
Friendsgiving has become a new tradition where friends come together with their "chosen families" and celebrate the holiday season. But how do you throw a dope "Friendsgiving"
1. THE MORE THE MERRIER
This is a great time to reach out to friends, acquaintances and co-workers and ask them what they're doing. Make sure that before you set your guest list, that you know what a comfortable amount of people can chill in your place. You don't want it to feel like your at a club with no where to sit.
2. THE MENU (BYOB & BYOD)
Bring your own Booze and Bring Your Own Dish- this is the point of a Friendsgiving. It's also called a POTLUCK! If you'r computer savvy, use Google Docs to ask people what they want to bring. Ask them for more than one option, you don't want to end up with hummus and veggies and nothing else. Make sure that some are bringing appetizers, 2 or 3 side dishes and desert. As the host, you should cover the turkey or chicken or whatever main dish you want. Also, make sure you survey the crowd on allergies or food aversions, this is a "good to know" vs. calling an ambulance on the day!
You don't need to be Martha Stewart to decorate. Go to your local Bodega that has a flower shop and pick up some festive flowers or small pumpkins. Go to the Dollar Store and get some candles and cheap plates (Paper or Plastic is just fine), forks, knives and silverware. I don't know about you but most apartments I've lived in don't have enough silverware and serving dishes, so Dollar Store we go!
4. THE MOOD
It's not meant to be a stressful time for anyone so have fun. Make sure you got your playlist ready for the dinner or lunch. Have some games (in case you need to liven things up) and if all else fails, make sure you have the address of the nearest pub or bar to go out after!
Hope these recommendations can help in your planning.
HAPPY FRIENDSGIVING from Your Brooklyn Cloth Peeps!!