How to Host the Ultimate Friendsgiving

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Thanksgiving: the time of year best known for gathering around any table with good friends and loved ones…and maybe a little too much pie. When family's far away and you want to carry on the tradition, you might not have your ma's turkey-basting skills, but you've definitely got her beat in the tech department. And that's your secret Friendsgiving weapon.

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Redefine the Bird

Skip five-hour prep times for a store-bought rotisserie bird and a mix of everyone’s favorites. For a sprinkle of nostalgia, take the non-traditional route with food that reminds every one of their childhood Thanksgivings. Whether it’s rice with your turkey or hummus and chips, this will please everyone.

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Get Potlucky

When everyone brings a dish, there's less cooking and more eating. Avoid repeats by using OneDrive on your Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ to share a spreadsheet of who's bringing what. Because you can only eat so much potato salad.

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Set a Mood

Prom and road trips get all the good playlists, so show Friendsgiving some musical love. Disguise your Level Box Mini in your autumn fauxliage centerpiece and avoid the "20 minutes of awkward silence before we eat" curse.

Might we suggest "Cold Turkey" and "You've Got a Friend in Me"? Too much?

Sorry.

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Pre-and Post-Game

Not all of your friends like watching football and parades, so give them a piece of the action by taking your games outside. And this year, never miss a play with your phone’s super-fast camera. When your best friend is about to make the perfect catch, quickly double tap the home button to launch your camera—just in time to capture the game-winning catch.

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Give Thanks

We're going to get cheesy for a bit, so hold on. Don't forget to show your friends how much you appreciate them. Eat food. Capture moments. Play games. Sing songs.

And just let 'em know you're glad they're around before they head home.

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