What better way to celebrate the holiday than in the company of good friends? Whether you and your crew gather on Thanksgiving Day or pregame before everyone heads home to be with family, there’s a few things you can do to ensure your Friendsgiving Day celebration goes off without a hitch.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The Host Cooks the Turkey

If you’re planning to host Friendsgiving this year, know that you will be responsible for cooking the turkey! Make sure you do your research ahead of time, as there is some preparation required ahead of time that could feel intimidating to someone who’s never hosted a Thanksgiving Day celebration before.

  1. Plan on a Potluck

While the host will be responsible for cooking and providing the turkey, the rest of the meal can certainly be potluck style. Just notify guests ahead of time that this Friendsgiving Day celebration is a potluck, so that everyone can coordinate dishes. You may even want to start a Google Doc or group message so that people can sign up to bring all the Thanksgiving meal essentials.

  1. Don’t Forget About Dietary Restrictions

One thing to always keep in mind when hosting the holidays is of course dietary restrictions. Check out our blog post on everything you need to know about cooking with food food allergies for more tips on accommodating guests with dietary restrictions during your Friendsgiving celebration.

  1. Stock Up on Plates and Cutlery

Make sure you get a head count prior to your Friendsgiving! You’ll need to make sure you’ve got plenty of plates, cutlery, napkins, and serving dishes. Don’t worry if you have to ask guests to bring some items, but know ahead of time what you’re in need of.

  1. You Don’t Have to Stress

Last but not least, don’t stress! The great part about throwing a Friendsgiving Day celebration is that you’re among your closest friends. Focus on having a good time, creating great conversation, and making memories that will last.

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? What are your best tips for hosting the holidays?