Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I know we are all looking forward to a nice break. However, don’t you want to celebrate the holiday with your friends in Fairfield? I have come up with the ultimate guide to having the best Friendsgiving before we go home for the holiday. 

Host A Dinner Party

The first and most obvious thing you can do to celebrate Thanksgiving is to host your own dinner party! I know that a lot of students here don’t live in suites or apartments with kitchens, so this idea is for those who do. 

Personally, I can’t cook very well, so I would advise you to get some friends who are great cooks to help. I would also split up the cooking and divvy up who brings what—that makes it easier for the host. Some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes that I think are essential are turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing and of course, apple pie! (Make sure you have a list of everyone’s allergies and dietary restrictions!)

Set The Holiday Mood

Along with the food, you need to set the holiday mood with the TV, games and decorations. Not everyone will be helping out in the kitchen, so you need to find ways to entertain your guests. I recommend having the TV as background noise or if anyone wants to watch it. My recommendation would be to put on a Thanksgiving-themed episode—“Friends,” “Modern Family” and “Gilmore Girls” all have really good ones. Also, having board games or card games out can be a good way to break the ice if some of your guests don’t know each other. Uno is my personal favorite but I would also recommend any game that gets people talking. 


It also wouldn’t hurt to decorate your house for the dinner party. I suggest getting Thanksgiving-themed plates, cups, napkins, etc. Also, there are a lot of cute Thanksgiving-themed banners and balloons that you can put in your living room. Both Amazon and Target have a lot of great decor options. Another idea is to create a “gratitude” board in which you have your guests write down things they are grateful for. You can get a corkboard and sticky notes or even a whiteboard with markers. After all, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, so this is a cute and unique way to express that. 

If you don’t have access to a kitchen on campus, that’s okay! The Tully is having a Friendsgiving event on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m. There will be all the classic Thanksgiving food along with holiday-themed desserts and treats. I highly recommend going to this if you still want to have a Friendsgiving with your friends. 

Whether you are planning on hosting Friendsgiving, attending one, or going to the Tully celebration, I hope you find this guide helpful and have a wonderful holiday! 

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