Every year we throw a Friendsgiving at our place and it is easily my favorite day of the year.
Here are a few tips:
- Make the turkey and the gravy and let everyone bring the sides. A Facebook event invite works well for a sign up so you don’t have 10 people bringing cranberry sauce. It is fun for everyone to feel like they contributed to the meal, plus is a lot easier and enjoyable for you.
- Make the turkey the day before. Carve it (keep light and dark meat separate) at put it on a platter covered with foil and heat it up in the oven before you eat. Turkey will usually keep its moisture especially if you cooked it correctly (think brining for 72 hours, and basting every 30 mins). I like to use this recipe for brining, and this recipe for cooking the turkey. And yes brining makes a huge difference. So does cooking it to 165 degrees. I think your guests will agree.
3. Use glasses, not plastic cups. Wash them the day before and set them out so people don’t have to ask for them. (This year we had a keg and we had to have a few red solo cups for that).
4. Use dishes if you can. I have a whole stack of heavy plastic dishes from Target that were a dollar a piece so I can reuse them and also not care what happens to them.