4 Genius Ways to Show Gratitude This Friendsgiving

By Hannah Avison

Through the good times and the “Help! I just spilled red wine all over my white carpet” times, your besties have been by your side. They’ve offered a shoulder to cry on and a helping hand. They even loaned you that cute “first date” dress when you really needed it. This Friendsgiving, show your BFFs how much you appreciate their constant love and support with a thoughtful celebration. You might not be related by blood, but they’re as close to family as it gets.

Here are 4 thoughtful ways to help you express your gratitude to your friends this year.

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  1. Celebrate Their Inner Child. The kids’ table might be a fond Thanksgiving memory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring back some of the whimsy! Dress your dinner table up with butcher’s paper and scatter crayons and markers around the flatware and glasses. Your friends will have a blast doodling on the table setting! Not only does this craft help pass the time before you dine, but it’s also a ton of fun. Whether they’re competing in some friendly tic-tac-toe or taking a stab at their very own hand turkey, your guests will definitely be enjoying a delightful taste of nostalgia.
  2. “Who Lights Up Your World” Activity. Before everyone gets seated for dinner, ask them to write down one person they’re grateful for on a decorative piece of pretty cardstock. Once they’re done noting this special person, tie the notes to a lovely, small votive candle in the middle of the table. This collection of gratitude candles will not only be a memorable experience for your friends, but will also double as a great centerpiece.
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  1. Raise The Bar With A Pie Station. Let’s be honest: EVERYONE loves pie! During the holiday season, the abundance of flavors and textures makes it almost impossible to choose just one. With this perfect occasion of Friendsgiving, you and your guests won’t have to! Cover the buffet table with all of the classics: pumpkin, apple, chocolate, pecan, key lime, blueberry. Your friends will want to say “Thank you,” but their mouths will be too full of sweet, delicious pastry goodness. Bon appetit!
  2. The Great Turkey Hunt. There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition! A Turkey Hunt is a fantastic activity that your pals will love. Before your guests arrive, hide a small, rubber turkey figurine somewhere out of sight in the living room. Once everyone has settled in, announce the game and let everyone know that whoever “catches” the turkey will win a special prize. It will be a hoot watching everyone scramble around! As far as prizes go, popular choices tend to be wine or even gift cards.

And there you have it – a few easy-to-implement touches that will go a long way towards showing your appreciation. Here’s to giving thanks for friends!

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