Be thankful, not broke: Friendsgiving on a budget!

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Now that November is here, let the official holiday festivities begin. Yay! It is time to celebrate with family, fun, food and let’s not forget, our friends. With so many people to share the holiday season with, it might seem impossible to fit them all in on one special day. I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving is booked! So, why not have two special days? Spend time with your family for Thanksgiving but you can make Friendsgiving all your own.

Friendsgiving is like an informal Thanksgiving dinner held just for you and your squad. It’s an extra party to celebrate with the people you hang with the most. And it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Here are four cost-effective ways to host a memorable Friendsgiving on a budget.

Have a VIP guest List.

This is a VIP party, right? Exactly, so you’ve got to make it exclusive. Every associate you have does not have to be invited. Keep your guest list to your core circle of friends. Having only a few of your very close friends cuts cost way down on the amount of food, decor, and space you will need to host a fabulous Friendsgiving. With fewer people, you can focus more on offering a great experience for the few guests you’ve invited.

Get Thrifty

Now, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on decor for your party. Thrift stores and consignment shops often have the best home decor pieces for a reasonable price. Also, let’s not forget to mention Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Burlington or TJ Maxx where you can get super bang for your buck in the home goods department. There are also websites like Amazon or where you can get a lot for a little to help make your decor pop! Some of the best items to look for to decorate your home are candles, fake flower arrangements (more affordable than real flowers), simple tableware, fun centerpieces, or nice tablecloths.

Make it a potluck.

In the spirit of giving, invite everyone on your guest list to bring one dish to the party. Having a potluck dinner helps offset the cost of having one person cook a big meal. And to make it even more fun, your guests can bring their signature dish, even if it’s not part of a typical Thanksgiving dinner. Who cares? Variety is the spice of life and this is a great way to pay homage to the different personalities and/or cultures of your group of friends during the holiday season.

Let’s get this party started!

If you’re looking to liven up your Friendsgiving party, I know just the thing. I guarantee that there is no better entertainment for your party than your very own guests. It’s time to go back to the old school and break out the games. I’m talking about you and your crew doing horrible Karaoke singing, a twisted game of Twister or playing a very competitive game of UNO. There’s nothing like terrible Pictionary drawings or the awkward arm movements of Charades to have you and your guests dying of laughter. If you keep the guest list small, host a potluck, go thrifty on your decor and go old school on your entertainment, you can host your own Friendsgiving for $100 or less. Try it! Friendsgiving doesn’t have to be taxing on your wallet or your time. No matter what, the goal is to have fun, connect with friends and show gratitude for the people you have in your life. As long as you keep that as the main objective, your day is sure to be a success.

Final Check List for an Unforgettable Friendsgiving!

  1. Set a Budget (pick a number that is comfortable for you that you don’t wish to go over)

  2. Start Planning Early (pick your date, time, place and guest list)

  3. Plan the Menu

  4. Assign each guest an item to bring

  5. Set the Table (pick your decor)

  6. Decide on the entertainment (movies, games, karaoke, etc)

  7. Pick or Make a music playlist

  8. Don’t forget to keep an attitude of gratitude and enjoy yourself!