Word on the street is that Friendsgiving is only for millennials. I beg to differ and 100 percent support this made-up holiday. Friendsgiving is a new trend where you celebrate a Thanksgiving meal with friends. You have no specified day to celebrate, some people celebrate the week before and others the week after thanksgiving. Some people celebrate with friends in lieu of family for multiple reasons. Friendsgiving is a great opportunity to get together with friends and share a special holiday together.

What’s so special?

I think it can be so easy to get caught up in the everyday chaos that life can bring and because of that, we have a hard time making plans and following through with friends. When Thanksgiving rolls around, most of us typically have no problem having family dinners or traveling to see family. It’s a great opportunity for us to take time and enjoy being with friends. You can invite friends from multiple circles of friendship, and they can have the opportunity to form more friendships. I like to think that hosting a Friendsgiving is something that can be done at any time of the year or even monthly. Instead of making it a Thanksgiving theme you can host dinners that are themed.

I absolutely love pot lucks and that I get to taste new dishes. Friendsgiving is a fun way to enjoy new dishes and even the possibility of learning how to cook. Friendsgiving can be a little more low key than Thanksgiving. It’s not meant to cause stress or frustration and can be enjoyed by all different ages. So here is the lowdown on hosting a Friendsgiving.


The Host/Hostess Does the Planning

The host/hostess makes the turkey and assigns appropriate sides to those attending. This may sound a little controlling to some of you, however, the idea is to avoid multiple same side dishes. Facebook Events makes this task super easy nowadays.

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Pies, Pies, and More Pies

Bake one of every kind of pie you can think of. You can never have too much pie. And maybe even a cake to be safe.

Your Guest List

You are celebrating with friends, invite those that you want to be with. You can host a small crowd or a large crowd. Friends are the family you get to choose!


Go Pinterest crazy with the decor if that floats your boat. Some people don’t want to go with the less is more vibe,  they instead like to go big or go. Or if you aren’t a decor-type or person, don’t decorate … or if you’re like me you can have your kids decorate. Win-win!

Be Thankful

Share around the table what you are thankful for. Just because you are with your friends doesn’t mean it’s any less of a Thanksgiving.

It can be easy to assume hosting something like this would be time-consuming, difficult, and stressful when you’re in the stage of parenting, but the reality is that your children are going to enjoy spending the time with you and your friends that means a lot to you. I have learned throughout my thirteen years of parenting to only take on as much as I truly want to take on. Host something small if that is your personality, or go big if hosting is something you are passionate about.

The exciting thing about hosting your own Friendsgiving is that you have control over how fancy it is or how laid back it is! You don’t have to invite someone you don’t want to invite and you have control over how big it is. I’m especially looking forward to taking the opportunity this year and allowing my kids to have their own Friendsgiving, choosing one or two friends each and making you their own Thanksgiving menu.

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Kristi Bricker
Kristi relocated to St. Augustine from Pennsylvania. She has been married for 15 years to her High School sweetheart, Andy. Together they have 3 kids, Eli (13), Liam (7) and Lacey (3). Kristi has a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies and her Masters degree in Christian Counseling: Crisis Response and Trauma. She enjoys ALL the donuts and is a firm believer that cake should always be eaten for breakfast. She is a social butterfly and loves spending time with friends and family. She really loves baking and crafting and has recently found a love for running. She enjoys being the go-to friend when you’re having a bad day and needing to vent. Kristi also enjoys tasting different coffees at the local coffee shops, but the Kookaburra is her go-to.


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