If it’s your turn to host the big Thanksgiving dinner, there's no need for hectic last minute scrambling for the right decor or to break the bank as you create the perfect holiday meal.
Anyway, isn't the holiday really all about spending time with the people you care about and being grateful for what you have? Whatever you do (or don't do) beyond those two simple acts is entirely fine!
Don’t have enough place settings for everyone? It’s perfectly fine to mix and match dishes. If you have them, choose ones that have the same color scheme or a similar style. If you're set on having matching dishes, consider asking friends or neighbors who are going out of town to borrow their dishes. Many stores also sell high-quality plastic plates which look nice and reduce the amount of cleanup you have to do after your guests leave. Who even notices the plates when they're gobbling down a delicious meal anyway?
Let's start this by saying a spread of your favorite dishes surrounded by the smiling faces of your friends and family might be all the decor you need. It's simple, practical, and visually appealing. If you like having more on table though, use as many items as possible from what you already own. Consider arranging flowers, pine cones, acorns, and/or branches from outside in a vase to create a festive fall look in the dining room. Or, if you want to purchase a few items for decor for this year and future Thanksgivings, check out thrift shops or your local hobby and craft stores, which often have items on sale and coupons available online or in flyers.
Keep the food you serve on the simple side, since fewer ingredients means a cheaper bill. The turkey is the star of the show! Use boxed stuffing mix and frozen vegetables for side dishes. Other ideas to save money on food include:
• Plan ahead. Look for deals on turkeys between different supermarkets.
• Use coupons. Many common side dishes and ingredients like green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie filling go on sale just before the holiday.
• Make it potluck. Have the desserts or side dishes be potluck style where everyone (or at least those who live nearby) brings something. Most people are more than willing to contribute a dish!
• Keep it simple. If it’s a small gathering, consider purchasing a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey.
Hosting a Thanksgiving feast doesn’t need to cost a fortune. By planning ahead, you can create a scrumptious meal that's long on entertainment but short on expenses.
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