One of our favorite trends during the holiday season is the gathering of friends and neighbors ubiquitously known as “Friendsgiving.” Since people often travel or spend Thanksgiving with their families, Friendsgiving can be held before or after the actual Thanksgiving holiday as a way to spend time and give thanks with your favorite pals and close neighbors.

Friendsgiving is usually a more relaxed affair, with each person bringing a dish potluck-style so the host doesn’t have to endure all of the stress of holiday cooking. If you’re considering hosting a Friendsgiving gathering with your neighbors at your new home in Chisholm Trail Ranch, we have some great tips for you in our blog today!

The Plan

Get that group text or email out now! Since many people are traveling during the Thanksgiving weekend, the perfect time for Friendsgiving is usually the following weekend, which would be Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for this year. Once you have the date pinned down, send out an evite or set up a private Facebook group with directions to your Chisholm Trail Ranch home and other information for the gathering.

The Food

Once you have your guest list confirmed, assign each person a dish to bring from appetizers to side dishes, casseroles, wine, drinks and desserts. As the host, you should probably plan on making the turkey and gravy or the ham, but if you think you’ll be turkey-ed out after the real Thanksgiving feast, another fabulous idea is to choose a different food theme for your Friendsgiving. Italian, Mexican, Korean or even farm-to-table—Friendsgiving isn’t limited to the standard holiday fare!

The Setup

Make sure you have enough plates, utensils, platters and serving utensils for your guests. The best part about Friendsgiving is that it doesn’t have to be fancy! Invest in eco-friendly disposable plates, cups and utensils for easy cleanup and to ensure you have enough for everyone.

Décor is always a nice touch for a Friendsgiving dinner, but make sure your table still has plenty of room for your guests to comfortably eat and pass around serving bowls. Keep in mind that Friendsgiving is supposed to be about taking time to hang out with your neighbors and friends during the busy holiday season, so relax and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Friendsgiving Dinner

Serving your Friendsgiving dinner buffet-style is always a great plan. Put plates and napkins on both sides of the line so people can grab extra after they’re done serving themselves. If you’d prefer to host a sit-down family-style dinner, another great tip is to divide scooping dishes like mashed potatoes and casserole into two bowls on both sides of the table so your guests won’t have to reach over each other while serving themselves.

Chisholm Trail Ranch in Fort Worth hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving celebration this year! As a new master-planned community in Fort Worth, we are thrilled to showcase a completed Amenity Center, playground, parks and trails in our growing community. Next year, the on-site Crowley ISD Elementary School will open in our community, as well as the nearby Tarleton State University campus.

Chisholm Trail Ranch is an exciting place to live, with outstanding builders and new Fort Worth homes priced from the mid-$200s. For more information, contact us today.