Friends season has officially arrived. The trend first emerged in the mid-2000s when people started reinventing a traditional meal without family but with friends. What’s a Friendsgiving feast these days without marijuana?
Unlike family events that require you to “forget something in your car” with your favorite cousin, at Friendsgiving (in states where cannabis is legal for recreational use), you can celebrate freely with your friends. Here are a few tips.
Infuse your feast
Introducing weed to your meal is easy, as much of the flavor (and THC) is fat soluble, the buttery meal is a great way to infuse cannabis if you want a group experience.
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Although infused butter is an easy way for guests to make any dish guest-friendly, you may want to consider exempting main dishes due to overindulgence. You can make a smaller version for people to taste test. And new innovations like the Stündenglass gravity infuser really features a futuristic 360-degree gravity system and a tray cloche that adds a cool, flavorful smoke to everything from sauce to some drumsticks.
The easiest option is the dessert course. If you really want to think outside the box, Dark Chocolate Body Paint from HighOnLove does not have to be reserved for the room. Mom won’t be there to stop you from playing with your food at this table, so why not have a little fun? The body paint comes with a small brush that you can use to create your own hemp or THC infused edible masterpiece. Apple cider donuts, pecan pie, strawberries, anything you have for your foodie friends could pair with this delicious chocolate. The hemp-infused version is available online, while the THC-infused body paint is available to people in Colorado.
If brewing the feast isn’t your jam, festive glass pieces that double as functional artwork could add a touch of whimsy and can provide a conversation starter. To keep the mood happy and high with your favorite flower, guests can blow on CannaStyle Bread Bowl between servings, or sip on top of one of their Bang PSL.
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Remember that you normally won’t be sharing wine glasses, and the same idea applies when sharing pipes and joints. So every time you share a joint across the table or take a puff from a friend’s bong, MouthPeace or MouthPeace Mini from Moose Labs has made it post-Covid safe. MouthPeaces gives you the freedom to share pipes, rigs, joints, blunts, e-cigs, and vapes without sharing germs.
Cooking tips to stay sane
Chief Justin Khanna has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world and now advises food tech startups, hosts pop-up dinner parties and publishes educational content. Here he offers some basic tips for your feast:
- Don’t be overwhelmed. Making a prep list is the easiest way to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Think about it: this is probably one of the biggest meals of your year, you should treat it differently than a standard dinner party with friends! Making a quick checklist of the dishes you’re preparing can help you make sure there aren’t any missing components and also gives you a good idea of how to respond when your guests come over and ask, “how can I help? “
- Don’t go alone. Speaking of asking for help, it ends up being a huge win to have your friends as guests. It’s not about grandma cooking the whole meal (it was my Thanksgiving tradition), so spread the load. Ask people what they are comfortable making or bringing, and take the opportunity to prepare the meal. It’s a lot easier to know someone else has the turkey covered, and you can use your oven for other projects throughout the day.
- Don’t forget the snacks. Let’s face it, your guests are going to arrive hungry. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but offering a few nibbles upon arrival can be a phenomenal way to give yourself “buffer time” to serve the big meal. Considering that people probably want to catch up (or get to know each other on a first date), offer a charcuterie or butter board, raw vegetables and dips, or even a baked cheese appetizer as a way to let everyone settle in without being hungry.
Whichever way you do it, have a good time with your friends and remember that it’s about being with your chosen ones for Thanksgiving.