Error - Image Unable to Load. Friendships

How to Turkey Day with Friends

Error - Image unable to load.Being a young professional often means living in a different city than the rest of your familial clan. Traveling back for a visit can be costly and eat up precious vacation days, so returning for both Thanksgiving and a December Holiday like Christmas can be a jolt to the often less than full bank account.
If you’ve opted to stay put for Thanksgiving, here are some great suggestions that can make your gluttonous meal just as memorable as the family one. This means just as much fun without the sibling rivalries!

Be the Organizer

I guarantee that you are not the only one staying behind, and someone needs to take the reins to get the event scheduled. Send out an email to all of your friends, acquaintances, neighbors and colleagues, and don’t just assume they already have plans. Lots of people don’t like to announce that they’ll be alone for the holidays, and they’ll be grateful for an invite.
Also, as the organizer, you get to choose where it’s held! After people RSVP, coordinate with the person who has the most visitor friendly house to be the host…with your help of course.

Potluck It

In your fast-paced, career-driven world, there is no time to prepare all the food yourself! Or, if you’re like me, your Turkey would turn out more like a rock than a main course. Get some help! As people RSVP, give them a call to see what they can bring, or assign something to them so you can cover all the bases. You don’t want to end up with 16 pots of green beans!

Add Some Entertainment

When you gather a group of people that may, or may not, know each other that well, it’s nice to have an ice breaker or other activity to start conversations.
— Perhaps tell everyone to bring a wrapped bottle of wine for a blind taste test. Attendees spend the evening sipping from different bottles and voting on the best. The winner receives a small prize and bragging rights. This is especially fun when a cheaper bottle of wine wins over something more expensive!
— Go around the table at dinner and have everyone share a story on what Thanksgiving is like with their families.
— How about a flag football game?
— Or, have everyone pick one of the teams from the day’s football game and sit with their group while watching it. This can create a fun rivalry with prizes for the group that wins!

Have an Optional After Dinner Activity

After eating, nap times and a little football watching, offer up an optional activity for the evening. This continues the fun and gives the option of hanging out rather than sitting at home wishing they were with their families.
Maybe there is a bar with a special going on in your area? Perhaps there is a show, movie or theatre event? What about dance lessons somewhere? Get creative!
Whatever you end up doing this Thursday, whether with family or friends, I hope it’s a great Turkey Day and…


May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!


6 comments on “How to Turkey Day with Friends

  1. Heather B.

    Thanks for the tips! I can’t afford to travel all the way back home for thanksgiving and christmas, so I appreciate the ideas on what to do with friends. I am hosting them all at my house, and we are definitely going to do the blind wine tasting. Fun idea!

  2. Andrew J. Gephart

    Very awesome blog !! I couldn’t have written this any better than you if I tried super hard hehe!! I like your style too!! it’s very unique and refreshing…

  3. Loving this! If you can’t make it your family….there is NOOOO reason to sit at home. I know tons of people who do that because they don’t think anyone else is also sitting at home. Ask around, I promise you’ll find others who would love to do a Thanksgiving with you!

  4. Suzanne

    Love this article! I host Thanksgiving for friends every year. We may have to throw in a little flag football this time! Every year, we write what we’re thankful for on a piece of paper, crumple them up and put them in a hat. Then over dessert, we read them aloud and guess who’s thankful for what.

    This Thanksgiving, I’ve asked everyone to bring Christmas presents for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. A Jersey Girl friend of mine is working to transition New Jersey families from shelters into transitional housing. The least we can do is help.

    • Suzanne,

      So glad you like the article, and what fabulous suggestions! I think we will need to incorporate the ‘What we are thankful for’ game as well. =) Happy Turkey Day and thanks for the comment!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *