So you’re stuck on campus for Thanksgiving? Whether you have some work to catch up on or flying home just wasn’t in the budget this year, you don’t be so down in the dumps – you can still totally have a celebration of your own with friends! Enter “Friendsgiving.”This modern take on your classic Thanksgiving celebration brings together your friends on campus for a not-so-classic celebration of one of your favorite holidays. But if you’ve never planned an event like this before, how do you get started?Never fear –we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to do to have the perfect Friendsgiving on campus this year.
STEP 1 – FIND YOUR FRIENDS
Of course, the first thing to do is actually figure out which (if any) of your friends are also staying on or around campus for Thanksgiving. Do some asking around and see – you never know who you’ll find! That guy you did a project with for Econ? He might be down for a little on-campus festivities. Your RA that you swore you’d never bother again after your first week shenanigans? They might appreciate it, too.You never know – you could totally find someone who would otherwise be celebrating Thanksgiving all by their lonesome without your invite! Send out some texts, hit up IG, or simply walk around and ask people what they’re up to. The more the merrier on Friendsgiving!
STEP 2 - NAIL DOWN YOUR LOCATION
Now that you have your guest list all ironed out, it’s time to figure out where you actually want to host this event. If you’re lucky enough to be living in a house or apartment on-campus with a kitchen, you’re totally set. On the other hand, if you’re shacked up in a dorm, you may need to do some digging to find a communal location to cook and eat.Your RA would be a great source of information for this – they will be able to point you in the right direction of where you can cook on campus. Don’t be afraid to ask – they may even offer to help!
STEP 3 – FINALIZE YOUR MENU
Figuring out what to serve on Friendsgiving can be one of the hardest parts. Should you do a potluck? Or would it be easier to cook everything yourself and ask your friends to chip in funds for food?The answer is – it’s totally up to you! Depending on your location, how much time you have to dedicate to cleaning and cooking, and how reliable your friends actually are, you can totally opt for either side of the coin.Just be sure to get the menu finalized with your friends before the night of – it would be awful for someone to show up with allergies who can’t eat anything or for everyone to show up with only side dishes.
STEP 4 – ENJOY YOURSELF!
Don’t ever forget - Friendsgiving is all about celebrating. Don’t get too caught up in the occasion and forget to have fun. Enjoy the food, great conversations, and happy times with some of your closest (and not so close) friends as you celebrate the ability to come together this time of the year.