5 Tips For Making Your Holiday Homecoming Bearable

Thanksgiving is a special time of year—a time when you gather with friends and loved ones, look the other way as your gluttonous Uncle George naps under the table, leave gooey-faced babies in the responsible paws of the family dog, and use any excuse to get out of the house.

But going out around Turkey Day presents it's own set of unique problems, especially if you're trying to sample the nightlife in your hometown. Which is why, with the help of Smirnoff's two brand-new offerings, Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow flavored vodka, we've created this handy guide on how to comport yourself during the season. So before you venture out onto the mean streets of Itoldmyselfidneverreturn, MO, consider these quick tips for a successful night out.

1. Look the Part

That 100% Chilean Sea Bass-skin coat may be all the rage in the city, but it won't keep out the gusty Main St. winds, or shield you from the judging eyes of die-hard locals. Think low-key and practical, yet still fashionable. For men, plaid shirts and good boots are always a reliable standard. In fact the look works for ladies too. Just try to avoid the ironic facial hair (again, looking at you, girls).

2. Study, Study, Study

You know all those people from high school whose friendship you accepted on Facebook, but then you immediately hid? Go look them up right now and commit every single one of their faces to memory. Figure out what bars they hang out at, then avoid those places like the plague. Alternately, figure out who got hot, put your flannel on and hunt them down. Make sure they don't have kids—or if they do have kids, pretend like you didn't know. Do not under any circumstances mention that you looked at every single picture from their daughter's modern dance recital, you creep.

3. Team Up

Bring a friend! Go through your Rolodex and find that one buddy who you know has nothing better planned. Appeal to their sense of holiday spirit, and promise them lots of pie. Take them on a full tour of your old turf. Show them the place down by the river everyone used to park and make out. Realize that you're a grownup and head to the bar. Go somewhere classy that you were always too shy to go alone. Introduce your friend to your fifth grade math teacher who is sitting by himself in the corner. Impress everyone by figuring out how to add a 20% tip to your tab in your head. Feel accomplished.

4. Rock Out

Go somewhere that you know has a great jukebox, and don't forget to bring your piggy bank. Play all the songs that were popular when you were 15 and get everyone to sing along. Assign the older bar denizens the more challenging Boyz II Men harmonies, and lead a healthy debate as to who was cuter back in the day, Nick Carter or J. T.

5. Drink and Be Merry

Nothing keeps the holidays happier than a good drink amongst friends. So once you've gathered your gang: Uncle George, Facebook Crush, Pie-bribed Tagalong Friend, and the whole crew of 90's pop music carolers, grab some space at the bar and order a round for everyone. Try something cozy like equal parts hot chocolate and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow, or mix orange juice and Smirnoff Whipped Cream for big kid version of an orange Creamsicle. Just remember to be very quiet when sneaking back into your parent's house.

Doesn't that sound like fun? Follow these tips and your certain to have a smooth homecoming. And for more ways to enjoy the holidays—including an exclusive rebate offer and delicious drink recipes— head here to check out Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow and Smirnoff Whipped Cream flavored vodkas.