If you’re going home for Thanksgiving, you probably don’t have to fret about the turkey or the festive fall decor, because your family already has it taken care of. When you’re hosting a Friendsgiving, however, it’s important to know how to best prepare.
Here are some handy ideas for your Friendsgiving celebration this year, which will give you to comforts of home, alongside some slightly more irreverent party fixtures. (A Friendsgiving bar cart, anyone?)
The best part? These tips are all kind to your wallet — because if you’re going to spend big money on Thanksgiving, it should definitely be on the wine.
1. Dip some fall leaves in gold paint to create handmade (and cheap-as-hell) place markers for your guests.
2. Make a festive bar cart, so everyone can serve themselves.
3. Create a DIY backdrop for a homemade photo booth that everyone can pose in front of throughout the evening.
4. Create a signature, large-batch cocktail that won’t require constant drink-making (such as this apple cider sangria).
5. Find recipes you can make in your crock-pot, like this slow-cooker turkey breast.
6. Make a no-bake dessert (like this peanut butter pie) that’s easy to pull out of the fridge after dinner.
7. Use handy charts to make sure you have enough food and supplies for everyone.
8. Make a DIY fall wreath for the front door.
9. Have a paper “tablecloth” that everyone can decorate.
10. Don’t skimp on the festive gourd centerpieces, either.
11. Give your folding card table an easy update for extra seating.
12. While you’re at it, give your folding chairs a facelift, too.
13. Use some cinnamon sticks and sprigs of rosemary to create cute napkin ring decorations.
14. Gather board games to give everyone post-meal activity options.
15. Have cute takeout boxes available, so everyone can take home leftovers.
16. Have the perfect playlist picked out (preferably something autumnal, but you can suit it to your tastes).