The season brings delicious food, meaningful interactions and of course stress to get it all done. Friendsgiving is an ingenious tradition to adopt and host a Thanksgiving dinner for the friends you consider family. The List Magazines has compiled a top 6 list to help you plan a stress-free Friendsgiving and enjoy your quality time.

We’ve also created an icebreaker questionnaire for you! We’ve listed questions that will create a safe space for your guests to warm-up to the environment and get to know each other, if they don’t already.

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    Why not potluck?

    Send invites requiring RSVPs and then set up a Sign Up Genius or assign each attendee a plate to bring. As host you prepare the bird, because no one wants to prepare and tow a 15-pound bird to your house. (examples: meat & cheese appetizers, potatoes, stuffing, green beans or vegetable, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and even assign someone to bring to-go containers)

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    For the friends that like to partake in a celebratory drink, make sure you have stocked your bar. If budget is a concern, ask each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite to share. Make sure you keep a bottle of two of sparkling cider so no one needs to miss out on the fun.

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    Airplane Mode.

    The most important part for the evening is to enjoy each other’s company. Once guests arrive keep a basket handy and gently suggest they keep their phone in the basket to ensure an evening of quality time. Be understanding when not every guest can participate, sometimes careers or children will not allow. If your guests have never met introduce them and initiate an icebreaker game.

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    Set the Mood.

    These days experience is everything and what better way to set the stage than creating a beautiful tablescape. With great food and drinks, and even better conversation we anticipate most of your evening will be spent around the table. Start with some greenery. Use greenery as a table runner or maybe keep it simple with a sprig on each place setting. Add some candle sticks. Give dimension to the table by using different sizes (some tall some short). Then place a few pumpkins. You can pick up from a home décor store, or maybe even chalk paint a few small ones you pick up from the grocery store if you have the time. Set the place settings, light the candles and voila.

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    Say Cheese!

    Keep a camera handy or designate one person to take pictures. Make sure you set up your camera to timer and get at least one group shot. Not only great for the quintessential social media post, but also fun to look back on years to come and see how the group dynamic grows and changes.

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    Just get together!

    And if time or hosting at home are not set on your horizons this year, make it easy on yourself book a Friendsgiving night out at one of our many local great restaurants.

With so much to be thankful for, these tips are sure to help you create lasting memories and laughs. Be sure to let us know how your Friendsgiving goes and tag us on Facebook and Instagram with your photos. #FriendsgivingTheList