10 Tips for Pulling Off an Awesome Friendsgiving

When my group of friends and I were juniors in college, we decided to throw our first Friendsgiving (read about it here).  We had just moved into our junior apartments and figured we could all manage to make traditional Thanksgiving dishes. What started off as 10ish people wanting to sit around and eat turkey turned into 50+ friends reserving a lecture hall & my friends Danielle and Christa making not one, but two turkeys.


The first Friendsgiving

Senior year, we had another Friendsgiving, just as big, just as fun. When we all graduated, we dropped the ball on Friendsgiving (idk, we were learning how to be adults or something), but then last year we came back in full force (albeit smaller than our original Friendsgiving) and managed to pull off the prettiest/most adult meal I’ve ever had.

Friendsgiving 2017 will be happening next weekend, and it’s safe to say that my friends and I have this whole Friendsgiving thing down pat. So, I wanted to share some expert tips on how to throw your very own awesome Friendsgiving. Gobble, gobble.

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Links I Love: November

It is FINALLY feeling like fall. As much as I love the summer, I’ve been dying to wear my blanket scarves & boots consistently. I think we’re finally here. (Basic betches everywhere, rejoice.) Also, since it’s November, I’m getting super excited for the holidays. I’m trying not to rush through Thanksgiving, but let’s be real, I’m ridiculously pumped for Christmas. Anyways, here are some of the links I’m loving from some pretty awesome bloggers. Give them a read!

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TBT to Friendsgiving last year…can’t wait for this year!

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Expert Tips for the Perfect Road Trip

*Hi there! Super excited to have a guest post~ here on Ampersand. Just like how I love sharing cool new things with you, I love when people share awesome ideas/tips/events with me! Meet my friend Mary–blog enthusiast & fan of Ampersand. 


Mary McDermott is a communications professional in the greater Philadelphia area. When she’s not working or road-tripping, she can be found running, teaching herself to cook or daydreaming about her future dog. She’s one of the funniest people she knows.

With grand arm gestures and the slight wiggle in my torso that a seatbelt allows me, scream-singing Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September,” I sneak a peek at my audience.  

They aren’t enthused or maybe they don’t notice or maybe they are just so incredibly annoyed that that they don’t care. I want someone to roll down their window and join me. Crack a smile. Admit to ourselves that we aren’t going anywhere fast. I wish I wasn’t backlit by the headlights of this truck. It’s so unflattering.

It’s Friday night at 8:47 p.m. I’m on I-84 east stuck in the parking lot that many affectionately call the state of Connecticut.

Over the last six-ish years, I’ve found myself here a hella lot, mostly in the last two and half years. Sometimes literally, yes, stuck on I-84 in Connecticut or more figuratively stuck in traffic on an already long drive. I try not to waste my time getting frustrated. I lost count of how many times I’ve done this 5-7 hour drive a long time ago.

And so, with this wealth of experience to back me up, I give you the briefest version I could of my tips to road-tripping. Caffeine and snacks sold separately.

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