Make Your Friendsgiving Unforgettable With These Hosting Tips

In light of the current political climate, your friends could probably use a little cheering up. While we all eagerly await the upcoming four-day weekend when we get to go home to our families and pig out on turkey and forget about the state of the world, there's no reason we can't replicate the momentary bliss that is Thanksgiving a few days early. Enter Friendsgiving: the much-loved holiday spin where you get to extend Turkey Day just a little longer and celebrate with your other family—your friends.

How do you host a successful Friendsgiving? It starts with a great group of friends, of course, followed by delicious food, tasty wine, board games, and a friendly atmosphere. All you really are friends and food, but if you want to make it the best Friendsgiving ever, follow these tips to make it extra easy and extra cheerful. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving-inspired meal with friends, here’s how to have friends talk about it years from now.

This story was originally published on November 20, 2015. Updated by Gabrielle Savoie.

Don't Over-Invite

With a big-deal holiday like Thanksgiving, you may be ambitious and want to invite all your friends, but don’t invite too many people. All your guests should be able to sit down at a table and enjoy the meal. If your table fits eight people, then invite eight people. If you can rearrange your living room and rent a table that seats 14 people, invite 14 people. Your friends may ask if they can bring someone, so take that into consideration when coming up with the guest list.

What are you doing to make your Friendsgiving memorable?