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6 Things to Know Before Hosting Friendsgiving - Friendsgiving

6 Things to Know Before Hosting Friendsgiving - Friendsgiving
From The Kitchn - November 9, 2017

It's the most wonderful meal of the year! Gathering your best friends together to break bread does not happen often enough, so make it the best Friendsgiving ever. Here are a few pointers if you have never hosted a meal quite this large before:

1. Make sure the date works.

Before you send out an official invite ask your favorite friends for their availability to get a feel for other people's plans. This is a very busy time of year with lots of holiday events/concerts/dinners to attend. Just asking quickly in a text message or group email if there's a weekend or evening that works better will do wonders.This way, when you send out an official invite, the majority of people should be able to come. It's so much harder to work on changing the date after the fact. Plus, it will avoid that no-one-can-come-to-my-party sadness that will totally impact your hosting mojo.

2. Check your floor plan.

Do not be afraid to move your furniture around a little bit to see how many people can comfortably fit into your home. Be sure to check that there are pathways in and out of rooms, there's enough room for food on the tables, and space to add extra chairs if needed. Check to see if you have any folding chairs in the basement too. If you need some (they are handy to have around if you have the storage space), IKEA has nice inexpensive options.

3. Ask about food allergies.

Before you plan your own menu or dole out who's bringing what, you must ask about food allergies. While you probably know if your bestie has a life-threatening allergy, it still never hurts to pose the question for the larger group and their guests. It makes you aware of any dietary restrictions or preferences, so you can accommodate them without making someone feel like an inconvenience the day of.

4. Plan the menu.

One of the best things about Friendsgiving is having everyone participate. Work with your guests to figure out the entire feast and to make sure there are no repeat items. Not only does it mean less work for you, but also when everyone has to bring one thing they make sure it's their very best, most-raved-about dish. You end up with a dinner of standouts instead of some easy-to-forget sides.

5. Figure out your fridge/oven space.

6. Plan for cleanup.

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