Thanksgiving is the perfect time to come together with family, but it can be even more enjoyable to enjoy time with friends. Get together with pals in Raleigh, NC by hosting your very own Friendsgiving. It’s pretty much the same as a traditional Thanksgiving except that you won’t have to deal with Grandpa’s jokes!
The perfect Friendsgiving starts with good planning. Here are some ideas:
Think about what types of food you want to serve. Many people stick with traditional favorites, but feel free to deviate from the norm. Ask your friends to bring a dish to pass so that you don’t have to worry about making enough food in your own kitchen. Slow cookers can keep food warm to save on oven space.
If it’s your first time cooking a turkey, read up on how to do it. Most frozen turkeys need to thaw a few days before Thanksgiving. The Butterball helpline will walk you through solutions to common problems.
Stock your fridge with the drinks your friends like. Wine, beer, and soda are almost always good choices. Drinks that come in individual servings are usually easier, but consider purchasing some plastic cups for faster clean-up if you’re making something like a punch.
You might not have the big dining room table that your parents have, but you can still find the space for your friends to enjoy their meal. A card table or two with some folding chairs can provide extra seating. Friends also may not mind eating while sitting on the floor or the sofa. Remember that sturdy plates are a necessity if you’re using non-traditional seating.
Serving and Clean-Up
Disposable plates, silverware, and napkins make for easy clean-up. Modern versions can even look close to real china and silverware. If you don’t have enough large spoons for serving, ask friends to bring some.
Your friends will love Friendsgiving in your new Raleigh apartment at the Trestles. Come take a look at our floor plans to see how great they are for entertaining!
Nowadays, it can be extremely challenging to balance our time, both being at work and while we’re away from work. We spend a great deal of time at work, some of us so much so that we forget to turn it off when we leave and let it seep into our personal time.
It’s very important for everyone to find time for themselves. It creates a healthy mentality, a balanced psyche, and better relationships.
- Relaxation Ritual- Think of something that truly helps you relax. Whether that’s a bubble bath, a cup of hot tea, or a trip to the gym. Whatever activity takes you out of your element and helps you unwind, let this activity become a post-work ritual. Rituals help us to be in the moment and stay present.
- Put Work Away- Whatever work supplies you bring home with you, put them somewhere where you can close the door. Put your briefcase, work phone, laptop, and documents into an assigned area that’s out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Turn Off Your Phone- This one can be tough. Some of us don’t have the option to turn off our lifeline to work. If this is the case for you, then at least do this during the really important events. If you’re at your kid’s sports game, on a date with your partner, or spending some time with loved ones, work can wait for those couple of meaningful hours.
- Meditate- This doesn’t mean light some sage and begin chanting. Meditation is an effective, proven technique to quiet the chatter in your mind and help you find peace. Find a space in your home or outside that is quiet and serene, close your eyes, and simply focus on breathing deeply and fully. Your mind may race initially, but if you give yourself some time, the chatter will drift off and you’ll be able to be present.
- Get Outside- Being outdoors and breathing in fresh air is a timeless method to relaxing. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and take in your surroundings. Visually witnessing nature in its element is a great way to refresh your mind and rid yourself of stress.
- Tomorrow- Remember: there’s always tomorrow. Work will still be there when you get to the office in the morning, and regardless of whether or not you choose to work while you’re at home, there will still be more work to do.
Give yourself the gift of personal space.