Like most people, you’re looking for ways to save money this holiday season.
But it doesn’t mean you have to give up on hosting your annual Friendsgiving celebration this November!
There are plenty of ways to throw a festive Friendsgiving on a budget that everyone will enjoy!
While the traditional Thanksgiving feast is delicious and fun, it can be expensive.
There’s no need to blow your money on unnecessary supplies for your Friendsgiving celebration.
Here are a few tips on how to throw an incredible Friendsgiving celebration without breaking the bank:
1. Throw a Party instead of hosting dinner at your home
To throw a Friendsgiving on a budget, throw a party instead of hosting a dinner party. You don’t have to worry about preparing an entire Thanksgiving feast.
What is a Friendsgiving party?
A Friendsgiving party is a thanksgiving celebration for friends rather than family members.
Planning a Friendsgiving party will save you both time and money. All you need to do is provide some simple appetizers and drinks.
2. Plan your Friendsgiving party during the day
Have your Friendsgiving party early during the day to save money.
You can get away with serving light snacks if you host your Friendsgiving party during the day.
Cheap Food for Friendsgiving
3. Get creative with your turkey!
If you think you have to settle for turkey slices to save money, think again! There are plenty of cheap and delicious ways to serve turkey.
Make sure you pick easy Friendsgiving recipes for your party.
Here are a few Friendsgiving food ideas to consider:
-Mini Ground Turkey pot pies:
These are perfect for individual servings and you can make them ahead of time.
You can buy a ground turkey for a fraction of the price of a whole turkey. Serving ground turkey is perfect for a small group of friends.
-Turkey and cranberry sliders:
This dish makes a great appetizer or main course.
Turkey and cranberry sliders are a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce.
All you need to do is place the sauce on top of mini slider buns with some sliced turkey.
-Fall-inspired salad with dried cranberries and autumn fruits:
This fall-inspired salad is a great way to use up any seasonal fruits and veggies you have lying around. Plus, it’s healthy and affordable!
4. Pick Frozen over fresh foods.
When picking out Friendsgiving food for your party, stick with frozen food.
Some Friendsgiving ideas for frozen foods include:
Frozen Veggies and foods are as good as fresh ones. Frozen foods also cost you a fraction of the price.
5. Bring on the carbs!
Carbs are your friend when you’re trying to save money. Carb-based foods for your Friendsgiving party are filling and satisfying.
If you want to spend less money on Friendsgiving food for your guests, focus on carb-based dishes.
If you want to add pieces of protein or veggies to your Friendsgiving dishes, do so in moderation.
Add veggies or protein to Friendsgiving dishes like baked mac and cheese or loaded mashed potatoes.
A little goes a long way when you have a tight budget.
6. Create a Friendsgiving cheese board.
A cheese board is an impressive and affordable way to feed your guests. You can buy pre-made cheese boards or create your own.
All you need is a variety of cheeses, some crackers, and a few extra foods like jams, nuts, or fruits.
Remember, you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen all day to pull off a successful Friendsgiving on a budget.
7. Host a Vegan Friendsgiving party.
If you have friends who are vegan or vegetarian, hosting a vegan Friendsgiving is a great way to save money.
8. Buy your Friendsgiving food in bulk.
Buying your Friendsgiving food in bulk is a great way to save money.
You can buy cheap Friendsgiving party food in bulk at your local warehouse stores like Costco or BJ’s.
Make sure you have enough storage space to keep all your food before you make the buy.
9. Pre-portion your party food.
Pre-Portioning your Friendsgiving food ahead of time is a great way to avoid waste.
You can part out appetizers, main dishes, and desserts ahead of time.
All that would left for you to do is heat up and serve them when your guests arrive.
Friendship party ideas
10. Throw a Friendsgiving cocktail party.
If you want to save money on food, hosting a Friendsgiving cocktail party is a great option.
All you need to do is provide a few appetizers and a selection of drinks. Throwing a Friendsgiving cocktail party will save you both time and money.
If you want to get creative, serve your guests a Friendsgiving signature drink.
For example, you could make a cranberry Moscow mule or a pumpkin spice martini.
11. Throw a Friendsgiving-themed party.
To plan a Friendsgiving on a budget, make you choose an easy party theme.
A Friendsgiving-themed party is a great way to add festive fun without going over budget.
So find one that’ll be perfect for your friends.
12. D-I-Y your Friendgving party as much as you can.
If you’re crafty, put your skills to use and DIY as much of your Friendsgiving party as you can.
You can make your decorations and even food. To save more money, you can reuse orange-colored Halloween decor.
Not only will this save you money, but it’ll also add a personal touch to your party.
13. Host a Friendsgiving after-party.
If you want to save money on your Friendsgiving party, consider hosting an after-party.
Plus, it’s a great way to use the leftovers you may have from the holiday.
Remember, throwing a Friendsgiving after-party will save you money.
People will have already eaten, so you don’t have to worry about buying a lot of food for your party.
Cheap Friendsgiving decor
14. Use Decorative labels instead of Friendsgiving place cards.
You can make festive labels to personalize cups and straws instead of place cards.
You can have guests write what they are thankful for and hang it on the wall for your Friendsgiving decor too!
Make a Friendsgiving banner or find cheap Friendsgiving decorations and supplies online or in dollar stores.
15. Skip the Friendsgiving table decor.
Table decor can be pricy, so if you want to save money on your Friendsgiving party, don’t buy it.
Instead of spending money on table decorations, use what you already have.
Decorate with mason jars or use vases as candle holders.
You can use fall leaves or cheap fall flowers as centerpieces.
Another option you can consider is creating a food station or beverage bar.
That way, you can get away with using paper plates instead of real ones.
Setting up a food station or a beverage bar will make your party more interactive also.
16. Play Friendsgiving games to entertain your party guests.
If you want to save money on entertainment for your party, consider playing some games.
There are plenty of cheap and easy Friendsgiving games that your guests will love.
A few fun Friendsgiving games include:
– Friendsgiving charades
– Friendsgiving Mad Libs
You can always search for more Friendsgiving game ideas online if you can’t come up with any on your own.
Hosting a Friendsgiving party is a cheaper way to show your friends how much you appreciate them.
You can save money by hosting a Friendsgiving party instead of a dinner party.
DIYing as many decorations as much as possible, so you can avoid buying them at the store.
These Friendsgiving on-budget ideas should help you get started planning your celebration.
What are you planning to do this year to celebrate Friendsgiving on a budget?
Do you have any cheap Friendsgiving ideas that you would like to share?
If so, Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Holidays, and Happy celebrating!