Friendsgiving on a Budget

Thanksgiving is a holiday where you wake up early to cook, spend time with family, reflect on what you’re thankful for and – of course – overeat.

However, you may want to take time to appreciate your friends too. If you’re looking for an excuse to bring everyone together, you can host a Friendsgiving dinner.

Hosting a dinner doesn’t mean you have to overspend. Here are some ways to save big during the holiday feast:

Host a Potluck Dinner

If you want to provide the main dish, ask everyone to bring a side or dessert. Make sure you are specific with food assignments – that way there aren’t any duplicate dishes.

Toss the Turkey

Get a rotisserie chicken or baked ham instead of a turkey. Not only will you save big bucks, but you’ll save oven space and time in the kitchen too.

Dessert on a Dime

If you want to make a dessert, try something like pumpkin pudding or boxed brownies. Fewer ingredients means more money in your pocket.

Budget Buffet

Serve the meal buffet style. Avoid the cost of decorative plating and arrangement by having people walk down the line of food to load up their plate – food is all people care about on Thanksgiving, after all.

BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

If you invited a lot of people, but don’t have enough seats, ask guests to bring a foldable chair. This will save you space, stress and money.

Same Rolls, Different Day

Not everything has to be homemade. Find some day-old rolls at the store or bakery (old equals cheap), butter them up and throw them in the oven. The rolls will still taste fresh, and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Discount Decorations

Decorations make every gathering fun and festive, but they don’t always fit into the budget. Go to the dollar store for some plastic table cloths and Thanksgiving knickknacks. As long as everything is fall-colored, the dinner will feel festive.

Regardless of how much you spend or save, just remember that Friendsgiving is about spending quality time together.

Happy eating!

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