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Hosting Friendsgiving on a budget


To many, Thanksgiving signals a day to eat yourself silly while gathered with loved ones. The season is most closely associated with being grateful for the many good things in your life, turkey, and of course, being with your family. However, family doesn’t always have to be blood-related—in many cases, people choose to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with their chosen family instead. 


No matter if you celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving or the newer Friendsgiving, you want to throw an unforgettable holiday celebration. Everyone knows it’s not a party without decor—however, many of the holiday decorations gracing the shelves of your local stores are a little pricey, especially considering you can only use them for a couple of weeks at a time each year. So the question remains—how do you celebrate Friendsgiving without blowing your whole budget on decor, making sure you have enough money to buy the traditional turkey?


Luckily, printable decorations are an extremely viable option for any budget. It is free, reusable (or recyclable!) and easy to store for next year. The team at Mint.com put together some printable decorations to level up your Friendsgiving feast to the next level and ensure your guests (friends and family alike) have an unforgettable, festive feast.


The first step for hosting an amazing Friendsgiving is setting your table up. Elevate your tablescape up and impress your friends with personalized place cards that are reminiscent of the fanciest Thanksgiving held at your relative’s house. If your feast is more casual, use the cards to label the dishes you’ll be serving—or have your friends fill them out if it’s a potluck. The more creatively you decorate your card, the better!


Speaking of decorating, give your home a festive (but still inexpensive!) vibe with printable posters that will set the vibe for a truly thankful feast. Tape them up on the wall or frame them for a dining table centerpiece—no matter what you do, these prints will remind all of your guests of the many things that they have to be thankful for.


It doesn’t matter how well you plan your menu, you are bound to end up with leftovers—it’s basically a rule of Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving alike. As the host, the last thing you want to do is end up with a gallon of mashed potatoes to finish on your own, so share the wealth with your guests! Make dinner cleanup a breeze with printable leftover labels you can use to distribute the leftovers among your guests. Use these with reusable takeout containers (or ask guests to bring their own!) and dinner will be put away before you know it. Not only are you feeding your friends for the foreseeable future, but you’re taking the mystery out of what they brought home—and what more could a friend ask for? 


Once the decorating is done, remember to take a second to be thankful for the many things you have in your life. This season only comes around once a year, so make the most of it and celebrate your loved ones—and don’t forget the cranberry sauce! 


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