Giorgio Magini

14 Kid-Friendly Friendsgiving Ideas For 2017, Because They Are So Bored

By
Share
Ad failed to load

Friends are often the family we choose, particularly around the holidays. Whether you don't have a relationship with your family or they live too far away for you to get there this Thanksgiving, it can be really fun to celebrate with a great group of friends. You might approach the holiday in a different manner when you are all pooling your resources and you don't have relative who demands that things be done a certain way. And you most likely will have a bunch of kiddos running around so here are some awesome kid-friendly Friendsgiving ideas for 2017.

A nice thing about establishing your own tradition with your friends is that you probably have kids around the same age so a vat of mac and cheese will go a long way. Just make sure you get the boxed kind, nothing fancy with breadcrumbs, and definitely not multicolored; monochromatic is key. As everyone probably has their own family traditions, you can decide as a group to incorporate (or eliminate) them, and you don't have to worry about being a good daughter-in-law or your mother telling you that she liked you better with your old haircut.

If one person's house lends itself to hosting and has ample oven space for a big bird, go there. Have a surgeon friend? Let them do the carving. Your friend that isn't the greatest cook? Bet they can do the dishes. The more everyone pitches in, the smoother it'll go. Or if no one feels like cooking, you can even order take out. The rule is that there are no rules — figure out what works for the group and tweak it as you go.

Ad failed to load

1Place Card Guessing Games

Giphy

Instead of just putting everyone's first names on their place card, the Think Make Share blog suggests using a silly nickname or an inside joke and then having everyone guess who sits at which place. You also could use baby pictures and have people guess who is who, which might be easier with the kids, but much more challenging for the adults. If you're feeling even more crafty, buy some mini-pumpkins and turn them into place card holders.

2Pumpkins, Pumpkins And More Pumpkins

Giphy

Create a new Friendsgiving tradition. The weekend before Thanksgiving, head as a group to a nearby pumpkin patch or farm. Stock up on pumpkins large and small. If you're really crafty, work with the kids to carve the pumpkins. If wielding a knife makes you nervous, get some paints and let the kids go crazy. Finish it up and you have festive decorations for your dinner. Bonus: toast the seeds, salt them and serve them with drinks before dinner.

3Fun (On-Time) Hors D'Oeurves

Giphy

It's a bummer to start the evening with drinks and nothing to eat. BuzzFeed suggests that you have your most reliable friend make the hors d'oeuvres because pre-dinner nibbles are useless if they arrive after the main course. Have a contest for who can come up with the best Thanksgiving-themed appetizers. Bonus points for anyone who also creates something for finicky eaters.

Ad failed to load

4Group Community Service

Giphy

Get together with a few other families to volunteer in your community around Thanksgiving. Even younger kids can help stuff bags in a food pantry, do crafts projects at a nursing home or deliver toys to the kids in the hospital. There are so many ways you and your friends can keep the "thanks" in Thanksgiving (and the "friends" in Friendsgiving).

5Fresh Air

Giphy

Speaking of touch football, getting the kids out of the house while the food is cooking can be a win-win for everyone. If you don't love football, try playing hide-and-seek or give them chalk to draw holiday messages on the driveway. This let them burn off some energy and allows whoever is cooking to focus without worrying about being interrupted by toddlers running through the kitchen. Don't forget a change of clothes if they might be playing in the dirt or grass. If the tryptophan in turkey is the number one sedative of Thanksgiving, running around in the fresh air is the second. Both make for a good night sleep later on.

6Year-In-Review Time Capsule

Giphy

If you are celebrating with the same folks year after year, it can be fun to take your memories of the year, write them down, and put them in a time capsule to be opened the following Thanksgiving. You can also have everyone bring their favorite photo from the year. Want to stay true to the Thanksgiving theme? Ask each person to write down what they are thankful for and stow it away for the year. Store it in a mason jar or have the kids decorate a shoe box, then give it to one family for safekeeping.

Ad failed to load

7Game Night

Giphy

Break out the board games, put away the cellphones and have some good old-fashioned fun. Little kids can play Chutes and Ladders while the older ones can enjoy anything from Yahtzee to Scattergories to Risk. If you've got a magic fanatic, ask them to come prepared with some tricks.

8Drinks For All

Giphy

From holiday ingredient-infused vodka (think cranberry or cinnamon or ginger) to a pumpkin-spice martini, it's fun to be creative on this one. Try hard apple cider with a shot of Fireball. Or anything with a shot of Fireball. Make sure you create a festive mocktail for the kids too.

9Water Slides

Giphy

Blow the roof off the whole traditional Thanksgiving idea and get a couple of friends to go away for a night or for the whole long weekend. Try an indoor water park or a hotel with a kids' camp and activities. If you can't stand the idea of not eating turkey, most hotels have some variation of Thanksgiving dinner but there's nothing wrong with ordering in some pizzas, too.

Ad failed to load

10Bespoke Bingo

Giphy

Customize a Bingo game by filling the boxes with quirks, characteristics, and life facts about the family members participating in Friendsgiving this year. Keep it clean — the kids don't need to find the person who passed out on the quad in college or who traveled more than 50 miles for sex.

11Movie Night

Giphy

After dinner, turn on the big screen TV or find a white wall and project a kid-friendly movie onto it. If you're having a warm-weather Thanksgiving, do this outside. Or clear out your garage and show the movie there. Have the kids bring their PJs and sleeping bags and let them snuggle in while the grownups enjoy some post dinner drinks.

12Karaoke

Giphy

Blast the tunes and sing your heart out together. There are affordable karaoke microphones ($29, Amazon) that you use with an app and complete karaoke systems ($169, Amazon), that will provide hours of entertainment for all.

Ad failed to load

13Takeout Containers

Giphy

Odds are there will be plenty of leftovers. Since everyone is contributing to the dinner, it's only fair that everyone get to share and have food for the rest of the weekend. You can let the kids decorate disposable takeout containers (we suggest you keep it to sharpies and craft washi tape) or just make sure everyone brings their own Tupperware.

14Friday Friendsgiving Brunch With Leftovers

Giphy

No one said Friendsgiving has to take place on Thursday night. If you've already got extended-family plans for Thanksgiving dinner, decompress from all the food and drama with your pals the following day by pooling leftovers with your friends for a Friday Friendsgiving brunch. Kids can show up in their pjs — the formal part is so over.

Watch Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Check out the entire Romper's Doula Diaries series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

13 Unique (& Totally Not Mainstream) Mother's Day Gifts For The Hipster Mom

Hipsters thrive on being outside the norm and not really digging anything considered "mainstream." Whether it's in their fashion, what music they listen to, the books they read, or how they enjoy beverages, there's just something that makes them dist…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills
)}