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How To Host Your First Thanksgiving On A Budget
by Alexis Puebla
It’s no secret that hosting Thanksgiving can be a super overwhelming task for nearly anyone—nevermind if you’re trying to throw your very first turkey-filled bash while not-so-secretly living paycheck to paycheck. Before you start Pinteresting recipes and ordering all the drool-worthy fall decor from designer brands, take a peek at our top tips for putting on a great Thanksgiving dinner on a dime.
Back To The Basics
Arguably the most important step in preparing to host your Thanksgiving feast is creating your menu. After all, the food is the star of the show here—right? Well that and your tablescape, but we’ll get to that later. When planning a menu on a budget, keep in mind that people love Thanksgiving for a reason: the delicious classics. There’s no need to experiment with new recipes, so stick to the traditional meal. To avoid having to prepare the entire spread yourself, pick two to three dishes that you know you can totally nail and then invite your guests to each bring their favorite dish too. This takes the pressure off of you having to juggle the stressful task of cooking multiple things while it also gives your attendees the opportunity to feel included in the Thanksgiving cooking tradition. Oh, and it allows you to unabashedly hand over the turkey cooking burden to someone a bit more experienced (looking at you, Mom).
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