(for 100% real-life grown-ups)
Whether you have your own kids, or own clan of buddies who have procreated – most people now consider you grown-ups (finally). Hosting your own Thanksgiving is one of those rites of passage that nudge you further away from the adolescent category. So - my house, my rules? Absolutely. Here are a few traditions that may not have been part of your childhood, but will definitely be memorable for someone else’s. Try one out this year – or one of your own – and if your parents can’t hang, they don’t have to stay (although, ours definitely can).
1) Let them throw cake.
You know you have been thinking about it. All that food spread out on the table on the finest china. It is just beckoning for chaos. You get a devilish smile from your cousin across the table, and its a perfect segue to a glorious 80s movie food fight. Let’s fulfill this unfulfilled dream that left us angst-ridden into teen years (that’s TOTALLY why that happened). Set up a kiddie table on the patio or in the yard. Give them plates of mashed potatoes and let them go crazy!
BONUS: Dogs can be the clean-up crew. EVERYONE’S HAPPY.
2) Hire a designated babysitter.
Believe it or not - your parents like to relax too. Let them have a few too many ciders and stay up late for once. Relieve them of their duties and hire a babysitter or pay your babysitting-experienced teenage cousin stay the night and be the DB. Its really fun when your parents cut loose, guys. Trust.
3) Pump up the Jams.
Play the music loud, and make many toasts. This is the perfect time to get gushy and platonic-lovey with all your buds and also let the blood-family see what these people really mean to you. If your buds are over for Thanksgiving they have really infiltrated into family-land. Honor them by playing songs that remind you of old times together. Thanksgiving is all about the sentiments!
This is your time to throw the yams and marshmallows out the window (unless you’re like me and get down on those all animal style). Guess what? You don't have to do anything you don't wanna do. Out with the old...and in with the new. Start a new tradition this year. Seriously, DO IT. It's a responsibility of all new generations. If you’re hard up for ideas – you can always Pinterest that shit.
5) Quit Playin’ Games with ma Heart!
After the pie has been served and devoured what should we do? GAMBLE (fake money recommended). Poker or Black Jack can be a fun and festive after food activity because it does not require moving much. You may have another household board game that requires getting into teams which gets people all riled up and banded together. You can even give away the extra pumpkin pies you made as prizes for the winners!
Jourdan Betette is Magick Bat, and an artist + graphic design witch planted in DC from her native Californian homeland. She currently freelances for various local music and arts related projects, including Sasha Lord Presents Booking with Comet Ping Pong.