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Just as you’re recovering from Halloweekend, Thanksgiving Eve comes flying around the corner. While Thanksgiving is always a wholesome holiday moment with family, Thanksgiving Eve is the perfect night to go out in your hometown and have a good time with friends you haven’t seen all semester. New drinking game (if you’re over 21, of course): Take a shot every time you see your arch nemesis from high school

Whether you’ll be having a wholesome or messy Thanksgiving Eve, it’s all about balance. And like every other holiday season, it’s time to prepare for the flood of Thanksgiving Eve Instagram photos that are about to hit your feed — including yours, bestie! Between catching up with your friends, avoiding the high school mean girls, and preparing for the best meal of the year, the last thing you need to be worrying about on Thanksgiving Eve is the perfect Instagram caption. Here are a few for you to steal so you can focus on more important things, like a potential hometown hookup.

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“Pregaming thanksgiving.”

Honestly, same. Pass the bottle.

“The cider’s mulling, the turkey’s turking, the yams are yamming.”

A Friends reference, but this quote from Monica is everything.

“My annual thanksgiving eve post, see you next year! 🥂”

For the inactive queens who bless our feed once every year.

“Hot girls watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hungover.”


“Rare aesthetic: Thanksgiving Eve hometown bar crawl.”

For all the small town girlies!

“Wake me up when it’s Christmas. 😩”

For the girlies who went a little too hard on TGE.

“Preparing for my food coma tomorrow. 🤭”

Aren’t we all?

“Cider: spiked. 😙🍎”


“Thanksgiving Eve sponsored by (@ drink/food brand)!”

Or at least it should be.

“Thankful for (@person in pic)🤍”

A classic for a couple/friends pic, show ‘em some love!

“You had me at (drink of choice). 😋”


“Unofficial high school reunion.”

There’s really no escaping them.

“Not ready for the debrief tomorrow.”

Debriefs after a night out are a must. Name-dropping in your local coffee shop is, too.

“Dreading tomorrow’s turkey trot. 🤧”

If anyone else’s family has the tradition of going on a turkey trot or family hike on Thanksgiving day, this one’s for you, bestie. We’re all rooting for you.

“Ready to cause chaos at the family function tomorrow.”

This one’s for all the girlies out there with politically-divided families, you’re so real for that.

“Gourds just wanna have fun. 🤭🍂”

Giving all the fall vibes with this one!

“Let’s get basted.”

‘Tis the season!

“New character unlocked!”

If you haven’t posted with your hometown friends in a while, show them some love!

“It’s giving thanks. 🤪”

This is sarcastic, I promise.

Just emojis!

There are so many cute fall-themed emojis to choose from for your Thanksgiving Eve photo. A few of my current faves are: 🍂🍁🦃🤎🥧🥰

Happy start to the holiday season, besties!

Julia is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh studying Media and Professional Communications with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies. She loves to go thrifting, grab a coffee with friends, and go on walks with her dog!