Hosting in any form involves lots of moving parts. Whether the event is a large-scale, multi-day conference, or a group celebrating a holiday, we all need a plan. November is right around the corner, and be it turkey, stuffing, or a good old-fashioned nap, there are certain Thanksgiving traditions that seem ubiquitous. When possible, spending time with family is often part of the deal. However, some of us aren’t always able to do so or perhaps are simply looking for an alternative, which brings us to Friendsgiving.
Looking for new trends and emerging traditions to incorporate into your upcoming Friendsgiving holiday? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Make Things Personal
Be traditional and personal. Sending custom paper invitations and having table seating place cards can add a layer of hosting and appreciation all your attendees will appreciate.
Be thoughtful. An easy way to do this is to pick a gift item that all your guests would love, ideally something that can be customized with each guest’s name. Take into consideration the general interests that tie the group. Furr Babies? Healthy Living? Wine? Wisky? Media?
A Thank You Note Station
This new trend brings a heartfelt message into the tether of your event. In this concept, a small area is dedicated to those who would like to write a note of appreciation to those who have impacted their lives. From there, The gratitude can be shared in one of three ways:
- Each person can share verbally whom they are grateful for and not say why but burn their gratitude statement in a fire.
- Each person can voice appreciation for the person next to them at the table and go around the table vocalizing their gratitude.
- Each person can add their statements into a jar and others can read their words of gratitude outlawed addressing who, it is from.
Pub Trivia “Friendsgiving Style”
Bring your friends together by teaming them up against each other in small groups and putting their brains to the test! Pub-style trivia can be a great way to transition from the turkey coma that we all see coming, to party night fun for all.
If you are lucky enough to host Friendsgiving this year, congratulations! Spending time with good friends and good food is something to be thankful for in and of itself.
We here at Toast of the Town wish you and your closest friends a warm and joyous holiday season!