Let’s face it, with drunken relatives, overcooked turkey that tastes more like dry wall than actual meat, and socially awkward situations amongst family members you only see once or twice a year, and truthfully you don’t even like anyways, Thanksgiving for many of us is vastly overrated. Which is why Friendsgiving can provide a much-needed antidote to overstuffed tradition. Friendsgiving games will give your guests that antidote.
And you cannot have a proper Friendsgiving without games. Lots and lots of games.
If however, you remove the annoying family members and overcooked food, and instead add some of your best pals, along with copious amounts of booze and unhealthy, yet delicious, food, you have the recipe for the perfect celebration. Well, you can now have all of the above, if you decide to throw your very own Friendsgiving celebration.
No matter what your reasons for throwing a Friendsgiving party may be, here’s a look at fun Friendsgiving games and activities to allow you to throw the best Friendsgiving party in town.
Create Your Own Headwear
Creating your own headwear is one of the more popular Friendsgiving games and activities, because it allows everybody to get involved. Find a Michaels or a local craft store and find as much fun stuff to stick to construction paper that you can. You can even give them an extra incentive to really get creative by perhaps holding a competition in which the person who creates the best headwear will win a prize? If you have kids at the Friendsgiving celebration, you will really score points with this Friendsgiving activity.
Macy’s Parade Drinking Games
Whilst excessive alcohol consumption is never a good idea, let’s face it, if you are going to drink excessively, you may as well have fun in the process. Just DVR the Parade so you can watch during your day-after Friendsgiving celebration.
You can basically make the rules yourself, so for example: Every time you see a Muppet, or a guy wearing a cowboy hat, somebody has to down a shot (or take a sip, for those less adventurous types.
For a more sensible game however, rather than downing shots of booze, why not make it exercise-themed instead I.E instead of taking a shot, you have to perform 10 jumping jacks or push ups etc. This will also help you build up an appetite so you can eat your own bodyweight in Turkey and Pumpkin pie when the feast begins.
Being thankful isn’t cheesy or lame, it’s an integral part of everyday life. Although as far as Friendsgiving games are concerned, this one may not be the most thrilling, you should still take the time for you, and your guests, to let others know what you’re thankful for before you begin filling your faces.
Add a twist: See who can come up with the most heartfelt, funniest and weirdest thing to be thankful for on Friendsgiving. It will get your guests opening up. Pro tip: Push this angle after the wine starts flowing.
Whack A Pinata
No party would be complete without a piñata so if you’re still looking for a few more ideas and suggestions for some awesome Friendsgiving activities, pick up a piñata, fill it full of goodies, including perhaps, a few plastic airplane alcohol bottles, pull out the blindfold and bat, and encourage your guests to knock the heck out of it.
Just make sure you don’t hang it near to any valuables which could accidentally get whacked in the process.
Play A Board Game
You need board games. And you can’t go wrong with modern party favorites like Cards Against Humanity and Taboo. But what might be even more fun is bringing back fun childhood favorites like Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Operation. Or go with some old classics, sans plastic parts, like charades or Truth or Dare.
Do you still have a Wii? That could be the perfect video game for Friendsgiving activites. Maximum guest participation, combined with very little need for actual video game skills.
Or use whatever video game console you have on hand. You could have a Sonic the Hedgehog marathong, if you can get your Sega Genesis working. Or an Tecmo Super Bowl tournament on the original Nintendo. Just don’t let anyone use the Raiders and Bo Jackson. That’s just unfair.
While touch football may come out of the American/Kennedy tradition for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving can claim its own global, multicultural sport as its avatar. Throw on a hoodie, grab a basketball and get a pickup game going. Or even just a spirited game of H-O-R-S-E.
But if you must insist, a great game of touch football is a great way to work off the stuffed feeling from Friendsgiving dinner, before you dig into dessert.
Have all your guests bring their favorite wine (or beer or spirit) and have a tasting! Set up a portion of your party room with extra glasses or cups, creative scorecards for tasting notes and all the booze. The party goers can rate each drink, argue about their favorites and pick the best one. The winner gets a $5 gift card to Dunkin or Starbucks. Or bragging rights until next year’s Friendsgiving.
Which ever one of these Friendsgiving games you pick, just remember to have fun and be safe. Now, let the celebration begin.