What is Friendsgiving?
According to Merriam-Webster Friendsgiving is precisely defined as a blend of the words “friend and Thanksgiving.” A relatively recent term, with word detectives uncovering the earliest use around 2007. For years we have all probably celebrated a quasi-version of this holiday. But recently people are getting super serious about their Friendsgiving celebrations. So what exactly is Friendsgiving?
An Expert on Etiquette Chimes In
Every year the Emily Post Institute fields many questions regarding Friendsgiving. Ok, so, let’s back up a minute, who is this Emily Post person, and why should we care what she says? Emily Post long ago established herself as the “proper manners guru” with her book Etiquette in 1922 (now in its 18th edition). Her family has continued the tradition and believes that although times have changed, the principles of good manners, consideration, and respect remain constant. Hence, their creation of the Institute. The most popular concerns they field are regarding when and how to host a Friendsgiving party.
Which brings us to the next topic…timing.
When is Friendsgiving?
There is no official date for this celebration, except to say that it happens around the same time as Thanksgiving. It all depends upon your group of friends, how old you are, where you all live, and if anyone travels during the holiday. For example, some groups like to gather the weekend before Thanksgiving. Some considering hitting the town on the Wednesday before their Friendsgiving, while others get together the Saturday after the official day.
Dinner is Served
So, what are you supposed to serve for Friendsgiving, and who the heck is supposed to do all the cooking? Once again, entirely up to your group of friends. The usual protocol is a potluck dinner with food items supporting whatever food theme you all choose. And, here is where it can get fun. It does not have to be the traditional Turkey day fare. Consider some of the following themes:
- Pub Theme
Featuring a myriad of delicious foods from your favorite pub, like O’Loughlin’s. Shameless plug, sure, but at least you won’t have to cook and clean up is super easy!
- Cultural theme
Do you have a group of friends from all over the U.S. or an international crew? Have everyone bring a traditional dish from their region of the planet.
- Italian Food
Think pasta, salads, garlic bread, wine…the works!
- Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie
Ask everyone to bring their favorite wine, and either cheese or cured meats to create your own exciting garde manger platter (sometimes we get fancy).
- Appetizers Galore
For this one, every friend brings an appetizer and a beverage for sharing.
- Traditional Turkey Day
In this instance, whoever is hosting cooks the turkey, and everyone else brings sides and beverages.
You get the idea, right? The possibilities are endless.
The Real Meaning
Let’s be honest, whatever you all eat, or whenever or wherever you all meet, Friendsgiving is all about gathering and catching up with your friends. It is a time to reminisce about old times and to make new memories. Whether or not you are sentimental, it is also an opportunity for reflections and to be grateful for your second family!
Happy Thanksgiving From O’Loughlins!
We hope to see you over this holiday weekend. Stop in with your friends, or make some new ones…Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!