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The Omaze Guide to Friendsgiving 2020

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What is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving gained popularity sometime in the early 2010s as either an alternative to the traditional family-centric Thanksgiving holiday or as a way to celebrate and dine with friends on a date other than Thanksgiving day. And Omaze is all for holidays that celebrate friendship!

A Guide to Hosting Friendsgiving

The beauty of Friendsgiving is that it allows more flexibility than the traditional family Thanksgiving. Later start times, getting inventive with the menu (and cocktail hour), and a less formal atmosphere are a few of the advantages that Friendsgiving might offer you. This year, your Friendsgiving celebration might look a little different—here’s our advice on how to plan a safe and fun event for everyone!

Planning the Perfect Friendsgiving Menu with Your Quarantine Pod

If you live with friends or are in a quarantine pod with another household, Friendsgiving is a great excuse to come together and eat some delicious food. (You can check out the dos and don’ts of a quarantine pod here.) The first step to planning the perfect Friendsgiving for you and your guests is ensuring that the food and drinks are top-notch! 


The Friendsgiving menu is your chance to impress your quarantine posse. Some of the best recipes offer a modern take on the classic Thanksgiving menu items—take this Bon Appetit guide to 50 modern Thanksgiving recipes that can easily be utilized for your perfect Friendsgiving menu.

Speaking of food and friendship… famous friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have teamed up with Omaze to offer you a chance to win lunch with them in Los Angeles! You and a friend will be flown out to LA to share a meal with the iconic Good Will Hunting pair when it’s safe to travel. The best part? Donations will support Matt and Ben’s charities, Water.org and Eastern Congo Initiative. 


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Hosting Friendsgiving Over Zoom

With group gatherings becoming more difficult to organize due to the pandemic, virtually gathering with your closest friends can be a great way to embrace the holiday spirit. If this is the case, there are some fun ways to plan the perfect virtual Friendsgiving—such as cooking based on a theme (Mexican Thanksgiving? Cookie decorating contest?) and playing a virtual party game. 


If your favorite part of Friendsgiving is the conversations that happen around the table, you’ll love this: You could win the chance to be on Jada Pinkett Smith’s show, Red Table Talk. You’ll call in over video chat to ask the celebrity guest a candid question, weigh in on the day’s topics or get your own advice from the three generations of powerful women.

Start Daydreaming About Fabulous Future Friendsgivings

If you have a Friendsgiving group that isn’t able to get together this year, you can always start thinking about future Friendsgivings. We’ve got just the plan: Win a trip for 4 to Aspen with Omaze and book your travel through 2022! So while you’re home this Friendsgiving, next time you and your friends could be enjoying the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. 

No matter what you do, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday!

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