Hosting a Friendsgiving with Toddlers
There has been a rise in the popularity of the ‘Friendsgiving’ over the past few years, as millennials have become old enough to host their own celebrations. This generation of adults has paved a path full of conscious living, deepened relationships, and creative endeavors. And this didn’t stop once they started becoming parents. If anything, this generation has put an emphasis on letting go of the unneeded stressors and holding tight to the things that make their hearts happy.
This includes holidays. Many millennials have taken on the role of either hosting or attending gatherings based around friendship and the holidays. Happening the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a new tradition of ‘Friendsgiving’ is full of healthy foods, copious amounts of wine, laughter, and new-to-the-scene KIDS.
Millenials, as a generation, are just in the prime of early parenthood, many bringing their first baby to a Friendsgiving this year. While the overall dynamic of the celebration is still based around a gathering of friends, including babies and toddlers may prove to add a few challenges.
If you are considering hosting a friends-with-kids-based Thanksgiving meal this year, follow our step-by-step plan of pulling it all off!
The Parents' Friendsgiving
Step 1: PLAN.
Do not wait until the night before to organize this event. Start now by considering your table size or location of the meal, the menu, games, any charity or special causes you can include, and your guest list.
Step 2: Create Your Menu.
This comes before invitations because you will want to include the menu on the evite! List out all your fun casserole ideas, appetizers, wine choices, and of course kid-friendly finger foods.
Step 3: The Evite.
Invite your friends, but make sure to include a sign up for menu items so no dish is doubled. You can absolutely include an option for guests to bring their own favorite, but definitely insist on drinks and a dish. (Include any known food allergies)
Step 4: Games/Activities.
Yes, games. There are little humans at this shin-dig and you need to keep them happy!
Pin the feathers on the turkey.
Roll turkey play dough balls and stick feathers in them.
Twist pipe cleaners to make candy canes.
Coloring sheets (NO MARKERS).
A baby gate and toddler safe area for the tots to hang out.
Step 5: Decorate.
This is done at a minimum from 3 feet down. Keep all decorations at adult height or you will be sorry.
Step 6: Place Settings.
Plan the tableware accordingly. Large sheets of drawing paper should cover the ‘kid tables’ and nothing glass should be used.
Step 7: Take Pictures.
This is a beautiful part of your journey, and you are surrounded by so many friends. Cherish the moments and take pictures.
Step 8: Hire a Cleaner.
Hire a cleaning service to come scrub the Friday after Thanksgiving. Book them NOW. Yes, you’ll be doing a basic clean, but this will save you from wiping down walls and toilets.