If this is your freshman year at Fort Collins, then it also might be the first year you aren’t home for Thanksgiving. Given the great size of Colorado, many Colorado State University students might opt to stay in town for Thanksgiving and only go home during the longer Christmas break. So if you choose to stay, know you’re not alone! There are likely to be plenty of new friends and Cottages’ residents who are likewise going to stay onsite for the extended weekend. So why not host a Friendsgiving dinner party complete with good times and home-cooked treats?
Not sure how to get started? Check out this quick guide:
A First Timer’s Guide to a College Friendsgiving
- Make it a potluck. Trying to do and cook everything for a big dinner party like this is a surefire way to become overwhelmed. Not only would doing so be a lot of work, but all those ingredients could get expensive. Instead, style the dinner party as a potluck and encourage each guest to bring their favored seasonal dish. Alternatively, (if you’re afraid of getting five bowls of stuffing), put up a spreadsheet and have people sign up for a specific dish.
- Stock up on paper plates and plastic utensils. Yes, it may suck on the environment but stocking up on paper plates and plastic utensils make things so much easier at these kinds of bigger community dinner parties. You won’t have to worry about a roommate’s sudden +1 throwing off your plate numbers, nor will you have to spend your post-dinner time scrubbing dishes. Instead, have guests throw their used plates and utensils in the trash post-dinner and get straight into enjoying some party games.
- Keep the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Often, your guests will arrive at different times. This means you and your friends are sure to be hanging out some before the feast begins. During such time, some people will undoubtedly have items that need to be kept warm or heated. keeping your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit as guests arrive makes it easy for them to pop their dishes inside to wait until dinner.
Don’t Forget to Say Thanks!
Remember, Thanksgiving, even when dressed up as Friendsgiving, is a holiday born of sharing food with others and being thankful. Now, this doesn’t have to be an obvious, going around the table thing. Make up your own tradition, maybe throwing on a tablecloth people can write on or having a Charades-style game that incorporates thankful ideas.