To do …

… send out invitations as soon as possible

If you want your friends to actually show up, we recommend that you send out an invitation as soon as possible. If most of your friends travel during the holiday season, find out what their plans are and pick a date that works for most of the group.

Websites like Paperless Post are easy to use, have tabs that can be customized, and most importantly, they typically allow beginners to use the service for free (or cheap).

… Require an RSVP

Make sure you are prepared for the number of guests you will be hosting by requesting an RSVP by a certain date. This will also ensure that everyone has time to think about their dish and plan ahead.

… Plan entertainment activities

Whether you’re watching sports, or playing cards or board games, you’ll want to make sure you entertain your guests before and after dinner. This is almost as important as having great food and company. Unless, of course, he plans to kick everyone out as soon as dinner is over. Which is fine too. (Make sure they at least stick around to help clean up!)

… use holiday themed or party themed playlists from your favorite music streaming service

If you have a friend who makes great playlists, great! Put them in charge of the music. If you don’t, that’s okay too. Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other music streaming services have great holiday and party themed playlists. Choose your favorite and you will be good to go.

If you don’t subscribe to a music streaming service, Spotify is your best bet. The streaming service offers free listening, as long as you don’t mind the occasional commercial.

… to decorate

Decorating for Friendsgiving doesn’t have to be extravagant. Whether you create personalized Thanksgiving themed nameplates for your friends, or just buy fresh flowers for the table the same day, make your space festive and inviting for the special occasion.

Do not …

… he cooks all by himself

Make Friendsgiving a potluck-style dinner to relieve some of the stress. After everyone has answered, submit a spreadsheet to make meal planning easier. (This is also a great way to make sure you don’t accidentally end up with three types of meat and no vegetables!)

… Forget to ask about special dietary requests

Be sure to include a place on the RSVP card or spreadsheet to allow your friends to list any dietary restrictions they may have. If someone has allergies or other restrictions, make sure there are options for them too.

… Forget items like ice, napkins, utensils, etc.

Dinner will be a disaster without the necessities. Make sure you assign them to someone too.

… Skimp on dessert or alcohol

This isn’t your mom’s Thanksgiving. Make sure there is enough alcohol and dessert for the festive occasion by including those items in the spreadsheet.

… Invite too many people

Friendship isn’t for everyone in your extended circle. Keep things intimate for best results. Not everyone has to know each other, but the smaller the gathering, the easier it is for everyone to interact with each other.

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