How To Host Friendsgiving In A Dorm Room

Everything You Need To Know In Order To Host The Best Friendsgiving A College Dorm Has Ever Seen.


Thanksgiving is all about being with your family, and I can’t think of anything closer to family than college roommates and friends. So, you want to celebrate with them too! Whether it is before everyone leaves for the holidays, or an exclusive dinner for those who are stuck on campus, hosting a Friendsgiving is a great way to celebrate. 
Because you are living in a dorm room, thanksgiving may turn a little more untraditional this year. I have compiled a list of everything you need to host a successful Friendsgiving right in your dorm room.


Friendsgiving is not complete without a group of people you love!

Invite Some People

You cannot have a Friendsgiving without friends! Figure out who you want to invite to your little party. That probably depends on when you are hosting. If you are actually hosting on Thanksgiving Day, chances are that a ton of your friends is back home. If this is the case, consider inviting anyone you know that is staying on campus for break. This can be a fun way to make sure no one is alone. If you are hosting on a day that isn’t Thanksgiving break, invite all your besties! For invites, a group chat is key. That way everyone is getting the same information.



Spice up your dorm with some fall-themed Friendsgiving decorations.

Change Up The Furniture & Decorate

Since most dorm rooms are pretty small and packed to the brim, you will probably need to do some rearranging to make your Friendsgiving functional. Try pushing all the furniture to the walls and clearing out as much of the middle of the room as possible. Bring chairs to the center of the room for people to sit. You can also use throw pillows to make a more picnic-style dinner. 

After you figure out the layout of the room, make it cozy and inviting! Throw up some twinkly lights, a happy thanksgiving sign, and whatever else reminds you of fall. Even the smallest changes in decor can make the day feel very special.



You can still cook up a delicious Friendsgiving feast in that tiny dorm room. 

Design Your Menu & Cook Up A Storm

You have a few different options when it comes to food. You could make it a potluck, where everyone brings something. This doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional Thanksgiving food. Nothing says college more than a Friendsgiving with a bowl of sour patch kids, a jar of pickles, and a box of pizza, right? But seriously having everyone bring a dish of some sort can make it a lot easier on you and a lot less stressful in general. If you do go this route, make sure you or someone else makes the main dish. You can also assign everyone a dish to bring if you do want to stick to the more traditional meal.

Another option is to get takeout. You could probably find a place that is doing some sort of Thanksgiving dinner and order it and set it up in your dorm. While this is a great way to handle things, the funniest way to do takeout is to make it unique. Order one dish from a bunch of different places. Have tacos and pizza and Chinese food and pasta and burgers. This makes for a super interesting potluck, not to mention easy setup and clean up.

Despite having these options, most people still want the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Even though your resources may be limited, there is still a way to do it. Here are some ways to cook thanksgiving foods (or something like that) in a dorm room.



Turkey – This is definitely the hardest thing to get your hands on. Since most college students don’t have access to an oven, it is best to leave the turkey up to outside sources. Try finding a premade bird somewhere. You can even go to a local deli and ask them to cut thick slices of turkey breast. Then just heat it up and add gravy on the day. If all else fails, use a chicken breast. These are easily findable in grocery stores and just have to be heated up. 

Mashed Potatoes – Go with instant potatoes. You can make these in a microwave with very little effort. They even sell frozen real, already mashed potatoes that you can just heat up.

Salad – Just stick to premade, already washed storebought lettuce and at the fixings. 

Bread/Rolls – Again, buy premade. You can heat them up in the microwave and brush them with butter to freshen them up a little.

Stuffing – This is something that is super cheap and you can make it in a microwave. Just add water and butter.

Cranberry Sauce – It comes in a can! Just throw it on a plate and you are good to go. 

Appetizers – Get some cheese and crackers, hummus and carrots, or chips and dip. There is no cooking required and everyone loves it!

Pumpkin Pie – Buy your pies from a store and freshen them up. 

 Veggies – You can buy frozen vegetables and make them in the microwave.


Friendsgiving Day should be filled with exciting games and activities. 

Prepare Some Fun Activities

The best part of Friendsgiving in college is that it never has to end! You can make the event take up the entire day if you want to. To fill the time, think of some fun activities that will bring everyone together. Board games and movie nights are options that will never fail. You can even bring out classic thanksgiving activities like writing one thing you are thankful down on a piece of paper and reading it aloud. Also, consider having funky props to take a bunch of photos with so everyone can remember this day. 

Friendsgiving can be a wonderful experience for everyone in attendance. And the number of times you will get to do this in college is limited, so take advantage of this opportunity while you still can.

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