21 Friendsgiving Activities That Will Up Your Party Game

Jasmine Gomez
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Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

From Seventeen

Thanksgiving may be a time to celebrate with your OG fam, but honestly there should be a national holiday to celebrate all the friends who have turned into family over the years, too. Whether it's people you met at school or others you met while working a summer job, but who are now your bffs, throwing a Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity for all of you to show how thankful you are for each other. Friendsgivings are so chill, so they don't have to be as formal as Thanksgiving, unless you want it to be. While the holiday may look a little different this year, that doesn't mean you still can't celebrate with your friends. Many of these Friendsgiving ideas can be done remotely, just send you friends the necessary supplies beforehand (or give them a shopping list so they can pick it all up themselves). Check out all the inspo below!

1. Have a virtual Friendsgiving

If you don't feel comfortable getting together with friends right now, host a Friendsgiving over Zoom. That way, you can enjoy a nice meal together without actually being together. Play some games, share what you're all thankful for and enjoy a socially distant night.

2. Throw a potluck

If you feel comfortable getting together, though (and you remain socially distant and responsible), you shouldn't have to cook all the dishes on your own. Take care of the turkey, but ask your friends to contribute all the side dishes. It helps you cut down on prepping time, plus it gives everyone an opportunity to flex their cooking skills.

3. Work on a huge puzzle

Nothing brings people together like one common goal. Work on a puzzle together and see if you can get all the pieces together by the end of the night. Make sure there's a prize, though. Maybe something like a celebratory cake.

4. Play a game of flag football

If your friends want to get active, then a game of flag football is the way to go. It's best to organize it before you all sit down to get your grub on, since you won't want to be outside running on a full stomach.

5. Go around the table and say what you're thankful for

It wouldn't be a Friendsgiving without celebrating the reason for the season. It may seem a little bit forced but letting others know what you're thankful for is an easy way to remind yourself how blessed you are.

6. Play a giant version of Jenga

Sure, this game is a little nerve-wracking, but it's super fun, too. Make the game even more fun by adding questions to the Jenga pieces, so that every time someone draws a piece they have to spill some tea.

7. Make space for a pie bar

Fall is the season of pies. Pumpkin, pecan or sweet potato– you can't go wrong. Ask everyone to bring in their favorite pie and a topping, and flourish your pie bar with all those tasty desserts. How many slices are you planning to have?

8. Host a scavenger hunt

This is a great way to keep your guests entertained. The prize is up to you, but if I won a scavenger hunt, I'd definitely want first dibs at the dinner table or an extra slice of pumpkin pie.

9. Host a Friendsgiving brunch instead

If your stomach is still recovering from when you overstuffed it on actual Thanksgiving, then you can keep your Friendsgiving light and throw a brunch instead. You can't go wrong with pumpkin-spiced waffles and cinnamon buns.

10. Make a time capsule

Making a time capsule is a really cute way to celebrate your friendships. Throw things into the capsule that remind you all of your memories from this year. Then at next year's Friendsgiving, the group can open it up and reminisce on events from the previous year. You can even make this an annual tradition.

11. Decorate pumpkins

Make your Friendsgiving get-together an opportunity to get creative. Buy a couple of white pumpkins and some art tools to decorate them with. The pumpkins can serve as a take-home token from your gathering.

12. Use these conversation-starter cards

There will be a lot of time to catch up during your Friendsgiving, but use these cards if you want to switch up the conversation and get to know your friends even better than you already do. The deck is full of random questions like "What movie made you laugh until you cried?"

13. Host a movie marathon

It's never too early to get into the holiday classics. Throw on a few Christmas flicks or let everyone take a part in deciding what movies you'll watch. Ask everyone to give you a suggestion and draw from a hat.

14. Play Thanksgiving bingo

Keep the theme going by playing a round of Thanksgiving bingo. Instead of numbers, the host will read out Thanksgiving-themed words. The first person to call "bingo" gets the first piece of apple pie.

15. Make an ice cream bar

It may be starting to get chilly, but winter's not officially here yet. It's not like it matters, though, since ice-cream is perfect during any time of the year. Create an ice-cream bar with toppings like marshmallows, sprinkles and caramel and Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors and you won't have to worry about baking up a dessert.

16. Host a cookie-decorating session

Bake some fresh cookies and let your friends do the decorating. Maybe one of them is creative enough to draw a turkey using the different colored frostings. But remember you'll end up eating all of these, so there's no need to go full Picasso on them.

17. Play some board games

Some friendly competition is a sure way to liven your event up. Divide into teams to play games like Taboo or Heads Up and your friends are sure to have a good time.

18. Set up a photo station

Buy some Thanksgiving props so that you all can get your selfie on. These props are so Instagram-worthy, they will get you all the likes and remind you what a good time you had every time you browse through your feed.

19. Host a bake-off

If you want to find out who makes the best pie, then a bake-off is the way to go. Ask everyone to bring what they think is the best dessert they can make. There will be no way your friends will want to pass over those bragging rights, so expect the results to be extra delicious.

20. Participate in a volunteer project instead

Make your Friendsgiving extra meaningful this year and dedicate your time towards a good cause. Get your friends together and find a volunteer opportunity that you can all participate in together. Chances are it'll only take part of your day, so you still have time to dine out or head back home for a potluck-style dinner.

21. Color some Thanksgiving-themed photos

If you all want to use your Friendsgiving as an opportunity to zen out, then gather for a coloring session. These Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages will remind you how much fun you used to have back in pre-school.

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