Thanksgiving vs. Friendsgiving—what’s the difference?
To many, Thanksgiving signals a time to gather with your loved ones and remind each other of the many things you have to be thankful for. This can be as simple as being grateful for the mashed potatoes you’re about to eat or as wide-reaching as being thankful for the ability to gather together from all over to celebrate.
Many college students and young adults can’t afford the heightened holiday travel fares to gather with their blood relatives, but still want to celebrate the season with their chosen family. Thus began “Friendsgiving,” a much more informal version of Thanksgiving celebrated with friends and other loved ones.
Due to Friendsgiving being much more of a budget holiday than traditional Thanksgiving, hosts and guests have to balance throwing a memorable get-together without breaking the bank. But how—and how do you decorate on a budget?
Luckily, there are many ways to prepare for and throw a budget-friendly Friendsgiving for any price point that your friends (and wallet!) will be thankful for. The team at Intuit Mint has put together a list of customizable printables to help you prepare for your upcoming Friendsgiving celebration that will capture the attention of any guest and set any feast apart.
First Things First: Decorate!
Is it really a party without decorations? The gripe with many party decorations is that they cost an arm and a leg and are only able to be reused once or twice a year—so what’s the point of buying them? Luckily, this printable Friendsgiving decor is free, reusable, and small enough to easily be stored after the festivities until next year. Tack these up on the wall as easy decor or frame them as centerpieces on the dining room table to set a thankful, grateful mood for your guests that will truly remind them of the reason for the season.
Set the Table for Success
Just because this isn’t a formal Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t mean that you need to throw all the rules of a fancy dinner party out of the window. Use these printable, customizable place cards to set your tablescape apart and truly wow your friends.
If you’re going for a more informal, casual vibe, use the placecards to label the dishes for dinner instead. No matter if you host a potluck and your friends fill out the labels or you decide to be ambitious and do all the cooking and labeling yourself, you’ll set your feast up for success—and your guests will know what delicious dishes are on the menu!
No matter how well you plan your menu, you’re all but guaranteed to end up with leftovers—it’s pretty much a rule of Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving alike. As the host, you don’t want to end up with all the leftovers to yourself, so share the wealth with your guests. Stock up on cheap, reusable containers (or ask guests to bring their own!) and be prepared for the leftovers onslaught with printable leftover labels. Don’t forget the Sharpies!
Not only are you feeding your guests for their next several meals, but you’re taking the mystery out of what exactly they’re bringing home—and they’ll surely be thankful for your planning ahead when they wake up from their turkey comas in a couple days.
No matter how you celebrate, remember to reflect on the things you’re truly thankful for this season. When gathered with your friends for your celebration, take a second to reflect as a group on the things you’re especially grateful for. If this is your first Friendsgiving or your twentieth, there’s nothing like celebrating a holiday with your chosen family and friends you’ll remember for years to come—and don’t forget the pie!