The holidays are a time for family, friends, and traditions. These festivities can be a challenge to plan for many people because of tight schedules and busy lives. Friendsgiving potluck is the answer. It’s a potluck event where everyone brings their favorite dish or dessert to share with others in their community who they may not know as well as those they do. The event helps people connect while preserving holiday tradition at the same time! In this blog post, we’ll cover how to plan a significant Friendsgiving potluck event for your apartment complex community.

For your Friendsgiving potluck event to go off without a hitch, you must have some ground rules set up beforehand so that all participants understand what is expected from the get-together.

For some communities, they are just starting to do in-person engagement events.  Your team may be cautious on how to begin the process of coordinating a Friendsgiving potluck event.  This blog will give your tips and directions on how to start the planning process.

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What is Friendsgiving and how can you plan a potluck event for your community

According to Webster Dictionary, “Friendsgiving is a mashup of the word “friend” and “thanksgiving” that refers to a large meal among friends eaten during the Thanksgiving season. The level of formality is dependent on the participants, but the word first appeared around 2007 as an informal replacement for the holiday typically spent with family.”  The goal for resident events is to create a community feeling.  At the core, this is a way to build community. 


The reason for hosting a potluck is to help people come together and contribute to the fun.  You will have diversity in dishes and create an environment where everyone matters.  There are different ways to collect dish names, from a signup sheet to the Eventbrite page.  The method does not matter.  Community enrollment is an essential part of hosting a successful potluck.

Why should I host a Friendsgiving potluck event

The most significant benefit comes from reduced food costs for the community.  The potluck allows tenants and possible friends to help bring dishes, decorations, music, or likely drinks.  We have seen potlucks where the entire community came together to host an epic event.  One primary recommendation is the community should provide some staple dishes to avoid hosting an event with nothing but chips and cookies.  We have witnessed that too.  Our chefs do have drop-off menu options available.  Contact us for more information.

How do I make sure my Friendsgiving potluck event is successful

The critical parts to a successful event are active invitations, an enticing menu spread, and entertainment.  You can host a potluck event for a reasonable price.  The key to a successful event is creating an inviting atmosphere and decorating the space.  Despite this being an affordable option, it should not look like a paste-together event.  I would recommend looking at ways to decorate centerpieces and tablescapes.  Our blog from 2020 shared “3 Affordable Decoration Tips.” The most significant area people cut corners is on decorating and extra touches.  If the event feels thrown together and an afterthought, the residents can tell and may not appreciate the gesture.

The best way to plan a fantastic Friendsgiving potluck party

You want to give enough time for tenants to plan and prepare.  Throwing together a potluck within ten days or less can potentially backfire.  It doesn’t provide your community with enough time to shop, cook, and prep.  Can you throw it together at the last minute?  Yes!  Can it possibly go great? Yes!  You know your tenants the best.  

Friendsgiving is a time for celebration and togetherness. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your tenants, vendors, on-site team, or coworkers around one table to enjoy delicious food with each other. If you want to host a potluck event to bring people closer while sharing some of your favorite dishes, read on! We can help plan a fantastic Friendsgiving potluck party by offering ideas that will make it successful from start to finish, including catering menu options and more details about what makes this holiday so unique. Contact us today if you need our assistance because we are happy to oblige!

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