Friendsgiving is a fun-filled night full of your closest friends, awesome music, and a lot of pie. Whether you’re not in the mood to fly out to visit family, or you’re just looking for an excuse to stuff your face with more stuffing, Friendsgiving is the perfect holiday to celebrate.

The best part about Friendsgiving is that there are no rules. You can invite whoever you want, decorate however you want, and, more importantly, no one will judge you if you order takeout!

So, gather your friends, blast your party playlist, and use these tips as a guide to host a Friendsgiving your friends will remember forever.

#1. Send out invites:

Before you start planning the dinner itself, you have to figure out how many of your friends can actually make it, and how many will actually attend. We all know the holiday season is one of the hardest times to plan anything, so sending out invites will give your friends the heads-up ahead of time!

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#2. The most important thing: food.

After you’ve figured out who’s coming to your Friendsgiving, you have to figure out two things. First, how much food you want to serve, and second, who will bring the food. Doing a potluck-style Friendsgiving is easier on everyone because no one has to worry about cooking/ordering multiple dinners in one night (which can be overwhelming). Doing a potluck is also ideal for those friends who may have a variety of dietary restrictions, drink preferences, etc., since they can just be in charge of bringing a dish they know they can eat.

#3. Gather up some plates, utensils, serving trays, etc.

Whether you’re just trying to have an Instagram-worthy table setting or you’re just trying to avoid washing the dishes at the end of the night (because who wants to wash dishes when you’re on the verge of a food coma?), it’s a good idea to start collecting your tableware early, because you’re going to need a lot. You can always opt for plastic silverware that looks just as good as the real thing, and serving trays are usually made of plastic anyway. Just make sure you have enough for all of the side dishes, entrees, and desserts.

You’re probably going to have a ton of food left at the end of the night too, so try to find or label some containers that you can give out for all of the yummy leftovers.

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#4. Decorate, decorate, decorate.

Friendsgiving only happens once a year, so it’s completely understandable if you want to go all out on the decorating. Not only will your friends appreciate it but think about how awesome all of your photos will turn out.

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#5. Give your friends a little keepsake to remember the awesome Friendsgiving party you just hosted.

This is totally optional of course, but it would be nice to send your friends home not only with extra food but with a small token of appreciation. Let them know you loved having them over!

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#6. Have fun with it.

Remember, Friendsgiving is all about having a celebrating and being thankful for the friends you can call family. It’s about enjoying time with each other over a delicious meal, and should not be stressful at all. So, keep the tunes blasting, the food warm, and your friends happy. As always, be safe, and have a great time!