Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who your loved ones are), making it home for the holidays is not always an option. I’ll personally be spending this 2018 Thanksgiving in Summit County, Colorado– where the cost of living is as sky-high as the snow-capped peaks that make this beautiful landscape worth every cent. They say, “You come for winter, but stay for summer,” and I’m discovering the truth in the statement. With fresh snow thickly dusting the streets, I’m inspired by indulgent recipes that call for powdered sugar and decadent melty centers. Desserts are not meant to be eaten alone, folks! Neither is a turkey, stuffing and all the fixin’s– but you’re grateful heart already knew that. To save a little cash money AND surround yourself with people who tenderly feel like family, follow this quick guide to a Friendsgiving that will surely make the holiday one to remember.
1. If You are Hosting, Coordinate Who Brings What
This is crucial! Since it’s your house, count on making a delicious turkey (and gravy) for your friends. If you’re game to tackle a creative side-dish, mo’ power to ya! But make sure to send out a sign-up sheet so that everyone is clear on what to bring. Kindly ask them to prepare and cook their dishes before they arrive, and to list any sensitives/ allergies/ vegan or vegetarian preferences. You’re holding this gathering to celebrate your blessings, namely– Friendships! You don’t want to stick yourself with the responsibility of cooking everything! Doing that means your favorite co-worker won’t get to share her grandmother’s Famous Shrimp and Bacon Macaroni recipe. And guess what?! Those without shellfish allergies will be highly displeased that they missed out on that rich and creamy pasta dish that would’ve had them licking their plates clean! Encourage everyone to bring a recipe that’s been handed down for decades (Sans the Crisco).
2. Give Your Home a Vintage Vibe
Play music and show movies or the Thanksgiving Day Parade for background news while you’re cooking! Set the mood by requesting that everyone bring old-school Thanksgiving decor– not difficult to find as thrift shops are loaded with cute old trinkets, figurines and books with a collectable feel. Things like candlesticks in antique copper, dated fabric napkins and tablecloths will give your party that yesteryear vibe you’re going for. Set the table with mismatched linens, china and silverware you find at the flea market.
3. Dress in Your Vintage Best
…and harness the attitude of the era of your choosing! It doesn’t have to be costly, send for your grandmother’s old apron or rock thrift shop threads. As long as it looks historic, you’ll nail it. If you’re feeling the 1950’s, square necklines and fit-and-flare dresses will slay! Guys– go for casual, but make it bold with a patterned sweater. The 20’s? Try rich velvets or satin in deep tones, Ladies. Guys– you’ll be adorable in suspenders and a bow-tie.
Have yourself a Vintage Friendsgiving! Please post a comment or photos and share the holiday fun! You never know who your ideas might inspire!