Friday, October 10, 2014

How To Save Money Hosting Thanksgiving Supper

Ah, Thanksgiving.  Arguably, it is the best time of the year.  The temperatures are dropping, the fall foliage begins to paint the views, and the holidays are here!  Thanksgiving is not only a time to give thanks, but also an opportunity to rekindle with loved ones.  Families come together to feast, drink, and maybe even squeeze in a little football. 

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving meal, it can be a lot of pressure and a tad expensive.  You've most likely been given the task of cooking the main dish – the turkey.  This can be intimidating in itself.  Add the side dishes, desserts, and festive décor and you may find yourself broke and exhausted.  Luckily, there are three easy ways to not break the bank when hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

Keep it Simple
There is no reason you should feel the need to go over the top.  Keep decorations to a minimum – a pretty fall bouquet in the center of the table goes a long way.  And no one expects you to have a choice of 3 meats, 8 side dishes, and 5 desserts.  Keep it simple.

Mix and Match
If you are expecting more guests that your good china will allow, don’t be afraid to mix it up!  People love the eclectic look of mismatched dishes.  There’s something about it that feels whimsical and unique.

Ask Guests to Help
Preparing the entire holiday meal can be daunting.  Ask your guests to bring one side dish or Thanksgiving dessert.  More often than not, they will love the opportunity to show off their cooking abilities, allowing you to save time and money.

How do YOU save money at Thanksgiving on holiday supper?

Have a lovely ( Canadian) Thanksgiving holiday!

Written by: Brandy, contributing writer for One Income Dollar
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