I volunteered myself to host Friendsgiving this year, which will be a mix of my friends and my fiance’s friends from out of town. These are groups of friends that have yet to spend time together, solely due to the geographical differences. We may have over-invited, but we thought that surely at least some of the out-of-towners would decline. They did not. Instead, everyone has joyously accepted. Which is wonderful, but also, holy shit. We are hosting some of the out-of-towners and putting others up in an AirBnb. This is going to be some wonderful chaos. Mercifully, we are all very much politically aligned, so there will be no real minefields in that respect.
That being said, I would love suggestions about what you have found to be the best way to welcome/manage tons of guests that will be staying a couple nights. What makes you feel most welcome as the houseguest? What has saved your sanity as the host - just lots and lots of booze? When spending hours upon hours with people, what games keep you entertained?
Also, what are you most looking forward to about your Thanksgivings? My favorite dish is always the stuffing doused with tons of gravy and homemade cranberry sauce.