Dinner Drama

This Thanksgiving, I decided to host a Friendsgiving. Having never hosted a party before, I thought what’s the big deal? Turns out, planning a party is a lot more difficult than I thought.

The first issue that arose was choosing a date. Planning around several people’s schedules is difficult. However, it’s not impossible. After deliberating, we managed to decide on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Then came the real issue: the guest list.

The guest list is the most important part because, after all, the people make the party. Of course, I wanted to invite my friends, but I had some concerns about the drama among them. The people in my friend group are the most dramatic people you will ever meet. We tend to overreact, jump to conclusions, argue like there is no tomorrow, and generally cause a big mess when nothing even happened. Obviously, that kind of interaction causes disagreements that cause some people to not want to be in the same room together. In fact, I did get to hear, “I’m not going if she’s there.”

But I refused to uninvite anyone over the politics. Ultimately, the girl who refused to come relented. It only took a few threats, bribes, and some manipulative cajoling. OK, now the guest list was set, and we moved on to the next key ingredient of the party: food.

The only way to get people to show up to an event is to make sure they have things they like to eat and drink on hand. As my cooking repertoire consists of cereal, toast, and pasta, I made it into a potluck Friendsgiving. Of course, instead of being a simple thing where everyone just says what they’re bringing and brings it, we had to make lists and charts of who’s bringing what so we don’t end up with three people bringing mashed potatoes.

Sunday arrived. Thankfully, the party went smoothly. Drinks, food, and games provided entertainment for everyone and we managed to get along.

Friendsgiving has provided me with hosting experience. I’ve learned from my mistakes, like don’t tell anyone who you’re inviting and keep it low-key. While the planning was difficult, the end result was worth it.