Thanksgiving—a time for celebrating all that you are thankful for while surrounding yourself with family and food. As college students, it is quite common to spend the Thanksgiving break with family members back home, but a Thanksgiving day spent with friends may be far less common.
The recent phenomenon of Friendsgiving is a separate celebration of gratitude spent with friends.
There are many ways to go about planning and hosting a Friendsgiving celebration, making the newer tradition its own unique distinction from its parent holiday. According to senior Stephanie Tallent, a special education major, Friendsgiving is about the “fellowship of friends coming together,” so the most important part of Friendsgiving is making all who are in attendance “feel loved, welcome and excited to be there.”
Tallent, who is part of the leadership committee of the GC women’s ministry Delight, said that the first step to planning a Friendsgiving is to select a theme, either for the food or for the event as a whole.
“We met Monday [before the event], and we went to the store and bought everything [to eat], and we also set up the decorations,” Tallent said. “We definitely try to plan everything in advance.”
Although a theme may be helpful in choosing what sort of food to serve, an overall theme is not always necessary. “Friendsgiving is like a theme in and of itself because it’s such a special time,” said junior Lillie Chupp, a theatre
However, even if you choose not to have a theme for your overall celebration, you can still decorate for the occasion.
“I’d use lots of rustic barn door kinds of things and lots of lights,” Chupp said. “String lights are a must.”
Just like with themes and decor, choosing who to invite is all about personal preference. According to sophomore Josh Ballard-Myer, a physics and mathematics major, you should decide the size of your event in order to decide how you will choose who you will invite.
“If it’s a smaller celebration, I’d probably just invite my roommates and my closest group of friends,” Ballard-Myer said. “If it was an event organized by me and my roommates, I’d say each person gets to bring a few people.”
When choosing specifics of time and location, Ballard-Myer said that group collaboration is best.
“I’d just add everyone to a group-chat and try to find a time and place that works for everyone,” Ballard-Myer said. “We’d probably meet at whoever has the largest place to fit everyone.”
As for the food, it is most common to celebrate Friendsgiving with a potluck. According to sophomore Lyndsey Bishop potlucks are the best option. “Potlucks are a lot of fun,” Bishop said. “They make it so everyone can bring their favorite food, and you can really experience what others love.”