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‘Friendsgiving’ – What is it?

'Friendsgiving' - What is it?

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving food? We don’t know about you, but we can’t stop thinking about stuffing and turkey. All. Month. Long.

Turns out, the much-anticipated Thanksgiving feast doesn’t have to be limited to just the big day. The latest trend called ‘Friendsgiving’ can make your wildest turkey dreams come true.

What is ‘Friendsgiving’?

Friendsgiving has become extremely popular in recent years. It’s a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends before or after Thanksgiving day. Typically taking the form of a Potluck party, the host provides the turkey and gravy, while all other guests bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes – stuffing, yams, pies, anything’s fair game!

Most Friendsgiving festivities are hosted on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Friday after. That way, friends can just bring extra food that has been prepared for or leftover from Thursday.

With Friendsgiving, there’s no pressure. It’s all about the fun environment and just getting together with some good friends to celebrate this delightful (and delicious) holiday.


Why We Love It

1. Friends, Friends, & More Friends

We can’t all join our families on Thanksgiving – whether they live far away or are just planning to meet up for the holidays later in the year. But just because your family isn’t in town doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the turkey fun!

Simply grab some friends and host a Friendsgiving whenever you please. That way, you get to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast with lots of company!

2. Two is better than one

Those who are celebrating Thanksgiving with their families can enjoy a feast twice – once with family, once with friends! Double the food, double the fun.

And if you celebrate Friendsgiving before Thanksgiving day, you can even test out recipes on your pals to see if they are a hit. Then you can make the necessary tweaks for Turkey day (gobble, gobble).

3. It’s casual

friendsgivingFeel free to bring store-bought foods to Friendsgiving. Because it’s potluck-style, your dish won’t be the only one of that type, so there’s no pressure to please everyone’s taste buds! Even just bringing yourself and a bottle of wine is sure to go a long way at Friendsgiving.

Plus, there’s no need to have a formal dinner table setting – the guests will show up at different times, and some may even bring their own friends on a whim! With Friendsgiving, the saying ‘the more, the merrier’ certainly holds true.


When all’s said and done, Friendsgiving comes down to two things: friends and food.

Doesn’t get much better than that.


This year, Friendsgiving is trending all over social media! Check it out:


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Have you ever celebrated a ‘Friendsgiving’ or something similar? Let us know in the comments below!

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