Keep in Touch with Old Friends [Friendsgiving 2013]

Friendsgiving is all the rage lately. If you're not currently in the proverbial bandwagon, it's high time to jump on it.  Let's be real...what's not to love about friends, good conversation, and comfort food?!  If I've convinced you, read on.  This is how we do ours.

Friends from high school and college gather two weekends before the holiday so as to avoid conflicts with family plans.  I cook the bird and rely on each person to bring a side dish to pass.

The first annual Friendsgiving was a success!  I was still living at my folks' house, so cooking a turkey with mom nearby was a breeze.

First annual friendsgiving

This year was the second annual Friendsgiving, and the first year hosting it in my own place.  I realized just how much I had relied on my mom's turkey mojo last year.  My attempt at cooking a turkey without her guidance was a joke at first.  After almost dropping the 24 lb bird, smoking out my apartment, making a total of 3 calls to mom, and ripping my smoke alarm off the wall...the turkey was finally on it's way to cooking.

By divine intervention, the turkey turned out well!  And edible!  So BOOM, take that turkey!  I wish I had gotten a picture of that tricky bastard all cooked up, but of course I forgot.

Instead I got some pictures of my beautiful friends :)

Second annual friendsgiving

Ali, Luke, and lovable little Jax

The flash on my camera took Jeff & Glenn as victims.  Not Leah, though!

Rachel and Kara...and Joe sneaking in!

Sarah and I - old roommates

I think the key behind a friendsgiving is divvying up the food prep.  It makes for a more relaxing evening when everyone is just responsible for just one dish...no stress, just friends.  And let me tell you, my friends can really cook up some amazing treats.  In this year's spread, we had:

After dinner, we spent time catching up and playing games like Celebrity.

Before Friendsgiving, I was feeling a little crafty and made these fun mason jar candles.  I might be slightly obsessed.  They were super easy too!  Seriously, just go to Hobby Lobby and get a mason jar, some Modge Podge, and glitter and have at it.  Once dry, stick a tea light in it.  My kinda of craft.

I hope you all have a lovely fall and that your Friendsgivings are a great success too!