As a city made up of an increasing number of transplants, Portland can kind seem like college. Most people can only afford to go home for one late calendar year holiday, and whichever one takes place in December usually wins out in airfare.

Because of that, Friendsgiving—Thanksgiving sans relatives and plus friends, duh—has become the norm among many of the city's transplants for many reasons: It's more pleasant to get really drunk and embarrass yourself with friends. You'll learn how to cook, or at least mill around and "supervise" while others do the cooking. There are more cupcakes than pies. You don't have to hear your racist uncle go on a tirade about "Mooslems."

But before the festivities begin, plan ahead and make your 2017 Friendsgiving look good—really good—by supplying your dinner with one (or all) of the following:

Friendsgiving Party Centerpiece & Table Decoration Kit

Express genuine feelings for once with this festive decoration. (Amazon)
Express genuine feelings for once with this festive decoration. (Amazon)
(Amazon)
(Amazon)

You don't have to say what you're "thankful" for on Thanksgiving. But sometimes, it's nice to express what you are grateful for, even if it's corny, and read out scribbled scrolls of gratitude before diving into your meal.

This centerpiece and table decoration kit provides you with a "thankful" box for compiling scraps of paper, some stickers, a table cloth (to be decorated with the stickers, presumably), and cute little cardboard stands for your table.

As always, alcohol sold separately.

Friendsgiving Drinking Card Game

Whee! (Amazon)
Whee! (Amazon)

Pumpkin-shaped flashcards. 24 "drink if" prompts. Increased social acceptance for getting shithaused.

Friendsgiving-themed Water Bottle Sticker Labels

‘Tis the season to pace yourself. (Amazon)
‘Tis the season to pace yourself. (Amazon)

Because why the hell not? Between wine, cider, and spirits–you need to stay hydrated. Comes in a pack of 10. As for the bottles of water, you'll have to pick up from New Seasons ahead of time.

Maple-Leaves LED String Lights

These are pretty darn cute. (Amazon)
These are pretty darn cute. (Amazon)

What you get: 20 LED lights, an assortment of yellow and orange leaves (8.2 feet long). You'll need to buy 2 AA batteries on your own, but these lights are an investment. Leave them up all fall–starting in September and ending roughly around December 10, when Christmas lights are socially recommended to be unleashed.

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