Thanksgiving runs deeper than just one traditional meal spent with extended family that you’re only obligated to see once a year. It’s a time to count your blessings, not your calories. So bring on all the Thanksgivings (gravy optional).
Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. I could do without the big bird, cranberry sauce and stuffing— but any excuse to get together with friends and family, I’m there. So this year, I’m ditching the boring traditions and giving my friendsgiving a holiday facelift. Here’s how;
1) Pick a theme. Kiss the hand-me-down ceramic turkey goodbye and pick an unconventional theme for your friendsgiving. My tablescape was some sort of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ meets boho glam— because if a dreamy mashup of eucalyptus, antlers, feathers, pumpkins and pomegranates doesn’t make you and your guests feel all sorts of giddy, I don’t know what will.
2) Serve a signature cocktail. The top of my list? A sparkling apple mule. Mix two ounces of apple vodka (or more, no judgement), three ounces of ginger beer and three ounces of sparkling apple cider. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty dang thankful for this concoction.
3) Make it a potluck. Break the fancy-feast norm at this year’s friendsgiving by asking your pals to bring their all-time favorite dish (you know, like tacos or something). Because let’s be real, two full-blown traditional Thanksgiving dinners is one too many.
4) Play a game. It’s all fun and games when you’re with your crew, but let’s not lose sight of what’s really important here. Fill up your glass and go around the table sharing what you’re thankful for this year. It will be so much more fulfilling than any Cards Against Humanity round, trust me.
5) Wear your pajamas. Preferably something with oodles of elastic, because you’ll be eating and drinking a whole lot more than your skin-tight jeans can handle.
Happiest Thanksgiving, friends.