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Thanksgiving Hosting On the Cheap

Thanksgiving is always one of those in-limbo holidays where we don’t have a true set tradition as far as where and when we celebrate with family. Since my husband’s parents are divorced, we’re usually split between three households with celebrations that span three days. This year, we offered to host the day-of Thanksgiving feast at our house, and I’ve been scrolling Pinterest like a mad woman trying to find ideas for table settings and uncomplicated recipes that will make the day go by (hopefully) without a hiccup.

One thing I’ve found is that if you want your table settings to look fancy and festive, it’s going to set you back a decent amount of cash. Since formal(ish) entertaining isn’t something we do very often, it feels silly to bust the budget on things like cloth napkins, plate chargers, and napkin rings that will likely end up collecting dust in storage after the holiday.

If you’re in the same boat as we are, tasked with holiday hosting while pinching pennies but still wanting to make things look Pinterest perfect, you’ve come to the right spot! I’ve found several great deals on beautiful items that are currently in my online shopping carts just waiting to be purchased.

For starters – what’s a Thanksgiving gathering without beautiful place settings? I found these wood-look chargers and gold-rimmed white plates in two sizes for $1 each at none other than the Dollar Tree! With shipping and handling, the grand total for 24 of each comes to under $80.

I also decided that rather than purchasing cloth napkins for 18+ people, I’ll take a stab at making them myself! I’ll be heading to JoAnn Fabrics for a festive plaid cotton like this and should be able to whip up enough napkins using 2-3 yards of fabric (or around $15).

As far as utensils go, we’ll be sticking with the basics and ordering plastic silverware from Amazon. I love this gold set for under $20.

Last but not least, the tablecloth! I love the simplicity of a neutral table runner (which we already have) and eucalyptus leaves, and plan on purchasing a few more of my favorite decorative gourds to display throughout the center of each table. We’ll also have a folding table set up for extra seating that I’ll likely cover with a simple tablecloth or butcher paper.

All in all, the decor aspect of our Thanksgiving feast should cost us under $150. And as a bonus, I purposely chose items that would be neutral and classic enough to span into other occasions and holidays, just in case we decide to host another gathering in the future!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year or do you get to be a guest? Drop your favorite Thanksgiving traditions or hosting tips in the comments!

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