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4 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget

Want to celebrate Thanksgiving without breaking the bank? These 4 DIY tips will help you plan out the best Thanksgiving dinner at minimal cost.

Thanksgiving is almost here again, and we all know what that means: Festive Fall decor, lots of turkey, and pumpkin pie. Of course, Thanksgiving also means being grateful for all that we have. But it’s a lot more fun to be grateful when you get together with family and friends for a fun-filled celebration. 

While Thanksgiving parties can be a great time to count our blessings and gather together to have fun, they can also be time-consuming and heavy on your wallet. This year, why not celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently? Save up on the extra costs of that expensive dinner set up and the stressful party planning. 

Here are some fun-packed DIY tips to celebrate with family Thanksgiving without breaking the bank. 

Make your own decorations

The first and easiest way to start off your Thanksgiving day prep is by setting the scene. Thanksgiving decor can often be expensive, but you don’t have to worry about that. Break out the glue and scissors and put your creative cap on. 

Attach some cardboard cutouts of fall leaves and pumpkins to a string of fairy lights and hang them around the venue for a soft, autumnal glow. Turn off the rest of the lights to let your decor shine through. 

Fill up some bowls with dried leaves and potpourri, decorative gourds, and mini pumpkins and place them around the room. You can add one of these bowls to your dinner table as an attractive DIY centerpiece. 

Candles always give off a nice, autumnal vibe. Set some up around your table for a warm, elegant glow. 

Set up a Thanksgiving grazing table

We all love the traditional turkey dinner set up. But why not go a different route this Thanksgiving? Setting up a whole Thanksgiving dinner can be time-consuming and tiresome, especially when you have to do it all on your own. So why not change things up and set up a Thanksgiving grazing table full of delicious and easy options for every guest?

Set up a Thanksgiving charcuterie board and place it in the center of your table. Add your choice of cheese along with thinly sliced turkey and dried cranberries. Add some finger foods like carrot sticks and pretzels with hummus, sourdough bread with cranberry dip and pumpkin puree, and of course, the classic buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips.

This table will help you please all sorts of guests with different palettes without having to go through hours of food prep. And the best part is, you probably have most of this in your pantry. Add some Thanksgiving cocktails to the side and you have yourself a unique but tempting Thanksgiving grazing table. 

Create your own Thanksgiving party posters

You’ve set up your party decorations, and you’ve planned your table set up. But who’s coming to your party? How do you plan to invite them? 

Create a bunch of custom Thanksgiving party posters and invites to send to your friends and family. This may seem like an expensive option, but the internet is here to help you turn this into a cost-effective DIY activity. Use PosterMyWall to get free access to a wide range of Thanksgiving posters and customize them according to your needs. 

Add your party details to your poster. Include important information like RSVP details. Add in a festive touch with some Fall themed animations and a warm, elegant color palette. Send it out to your loved ones and post it on your social media so you can get word out about your upcoming Thanksgiving party. 

End it with a personalized thank you note

So you’ve done everything you can to make your party a success without having to empty your wallet. But it doesn’t end there. Add a unique final touch to your party and make it memorable by sending out personalized Thank You cards to your guests. 

You can create and customize these cards for free by looking through PosterMyWall’s vast variety of online greeting card templates and picking your favorite one. Write up a sweet thank you message to let your guests know you appreciated their presence. Add a few Thanksgiving animations and a fun image to make your cards pop. Then send them to your guests through PosterMyWall.

Alternatively, you can print out handheld versions of your cards and add them to party favor bags to give to your guests as they leave. This will serve as a sweet little reminder of the time you shared with your guests and will have them remembering your party for years to come. 

Final thoughts 

Thanksgiving dinner can be tough to plan out. From the decorations and menu to the extensive guest list, you have to be on top of everything. 

Use these inexpensive DIY ideas to change up your Thanksgiving celebration this year and have your party be the talk of the neighbourhood in no time.