Whether you want one last get-together before heading home for the holidays or need to do something with friends in Lincoln over the holidays, hosting a Friendsgiving is a wonderful way to celebrate your friendships and share your gratitude during the holidays. holiday season.
Here are ideas to help you plan a fun and successful Friendsgiving.
Plan it early.
It’s that time of the semester when your calendar fills up with more exams and project due dates, and it can be harder to find time to hang out with your friends. If you want to make sure all your friends can attend, plan early and give people plenty of notice. Use a scheduling app like Calendly or WhenAvailable to see which days and times work best for everyone. Consider having a virtual option for those who may be in a different location.
Find a place to gather.
Depending on the size of your group, you can host your Friendsgiving in a house, apartment, or even your dorm. For larger groups, you may consider using an on-campus lounge or recreation area. Whatever you choose, make sure the location is convenient for everyone and the space is suitable for the size of your group.
Give it a theme.
Make your Friendsgiving event stand out from other gatherings by having a programming theme. It can help guide your decorations, dress code, food, and activities. Here are some fun and simple theme ideas:
- Film Marathon: fairy lights; costumes or pajamas of favorite movie characters; Movie-themed popcorn, candies, or snacks
- Sports: Decor Husker; favorite team equipment; tailgate recipes
- Music: A playlist with everyone’s favorite songs; karaoke contest; paper music notes or sheet music decorations
- Holiday: Fallen leaves and pumpkin scraps for Halloween or winter holiday decor; ugly holiday sweaters
- Tropical: Beach towels; swimsuit and sunglasses; colorful fruits and vegetables, pineapple salsa and fruity drinks with fun straws
Make it a potluck.
If you are not planning to have a theme, determine what types of food you want to have available and designate who will bring what items. This makes it easier for the host, adds excitement to seeing what everyone brings, and ensures there will be something available for guests with different food issues or preferences. Create a group discussion and ask participants to give an idea of what they will bring to avoid duplication.
You don’t have to serve a gourmet Thanksgiving meal, especially if you don’t have access to an oven or other cooking utensils. Try these easy Thanksgiving recipes you can make in a dorm. Change up the traditional Thanksgiving dishes and opt for turkey wraps, fries and pumpkin cookies.
Nothing says you have to stick to traditions. Who says you can’t eat pasta for Thanksgiving? Or if your gang is full of sweet tooths, focus on desserts with fall flavors.
For a cool aesthetic, jump on the popular charcuterie board trend and see who can create the most original board.
Bring the games.
In addition to food, you’ll want to plan activities to keep people engaged. Ask everyone to bring their favorite board or card game to play. Or be crafty and grab some pumpkins to paint (hint: pumpkins are often cheaper to buy after Halloween) or have a cookie decorating contest. If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit, make paper snowflakes or DIY party favors.
Share your appreciation.
Ask everyone in the group to participate in a gratitude jar by slipping in a piece of paper with something they are grateful for when they arrive. During the main event, everyone can take turns reading the messages of gratitude aloud. If you have a tight-knit group, put everyone’s name in a jar, have each person draw a name, and share a reason they are grateful for the person whose name they draw.
Capture the memories.
Make the memories of your event last a lifetime and take a group photo before everyone leaves. If you share photos on Instagram, tag @unlstudentlife for a chance to be featured on their account.
Skip the job.
If you don’t want to go through the effort of hosting a party or preparing food, let Food Services do the cooking and invite your friends to join you for Thanksgiving dinner on November 16. Use your meal plan to enjoy a delicious meal at one of the campus food centers beginning at 4:30 p.m. Guest pricing also applies to those without a meal plan.