Friendsgiving is a perfect excuse to get all of your favorite people together for a festive event to show your appreciation for each other’s friendship. This dinner party is usually filled with fall cocktails, delicious food and laid-back fun.
However, if you’re hosting the event, your excitement can turn to worry once you start thinking about the price tag associated with feeding a large group of guests.
Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with the best advice on how to host a Friendsgiving on a budget so you can focus on having fun with your friends. We even include the perfect list of festive cocktails for your event and printable place cards and decorations to save you even more money.
Hosting a potluck Friendsgiving dinner is a great way to save money and get all of your friends involved in the cooking process. As the host, you can volunteer to make the main dish and ask each of your friends to sign up to make different side dishes or desserts.
Asking everyone to assist with food preparation can help alleviate the stress of hosting and lets you focus on other tasks such as setting the table, cooking the main course and decorating.
Let everyone know that they can bring traditional or nontraditional dishes so your dinner can result in diverse and fun flavor combinations. Just make sure to have everyone announce their chosen sides ahead of time so you don’t get duplicates.
You can still fill your home with plenty of fall decorations even if you’re on a budget. There are plenty of DIY crafts and decor you can make to create a festive atmosphere for your dinner party.
Try making handprint turkey decorations, paint pumpkins or cover your walls with free online Thanksgiving printables. Another tip is to save your Thanksgiving decor each November, so you can reuse them year after year for more savings.
If decorations are entirely out of budget, no matter how inexpensive they are, then feel free to skip them altogether. Everyone is sure to remember the food and good company more than the lack of decorations.
Most grocery stores have huge sales on everything from turkey to traditional side dishes the day after Thanksgiving. If you can push your Friendsgiving to even a few days after the main holiday, then you can take advantage of those amazing deals.
This is an especially great idea if you have friends who are traveling out of town for the holidays. Schedule it the week after Thanksgiving so everyone in your group can partake in the festivities.
The alcohol is flowing, excitement is high and appetizers are being passed from person to person, making it easy for spills or breakage to occur. When you’re hosting a party, accidents can happen if you don’t take the proper precautions.
It’s important to party-proof your apartment to avoid any damage and the costs associated with it. Create a designated room where you store valuable items that are off-limits to guests during the party.
It’s also a good idea to invest in disposable tablecloths and glassware to protect your belongings when people are passing food and drinks around the kitchen.
Providing alcohol for a large group of friends can be a burden on your bank account and break your budget quicker than anything else. There are a few ways you can go about hosting a BYOB Friendsgiving.
The first option is you can have everyone bring their own alcoholic beverages so all your guests can have their favorite drink on hand at the party. Another option is to pool money from the group to split the cost of all of the alcohol and cocktail supplies needed.
Lastly, you could put each person or couple in charge of a different fall cocktail recipe so everyone can discover some fun new drinks. It’s important to also include mocktails or other non-alcoholic beverages for sober participants and if you’re consuming alcohol, always do so responsibly.
It can be hard to find the perfect signature cocktail for your party. With this in mind, we’ve listed five of the best fall cocktails out there with a variety of alcohol types so everyone can enjoy them, no matter their preference.
Turkey is usually the main attraction at Thanksgiving, but why not switch it up for your Friendsgiving this year? Give your guests some different options and see what alternative main course they would like to try instead.
Skipping the turkey tradition can save you a lot of money that can then be allocated to drinks and decorations or simply keep you under budget. Not to mention, choosing a different main course can save you the time and labor it takes to prep and cook a turkey.
Some good budget-friendly alternatives to turkey for Friendsgiving are rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs or glazed ham.
It can take a bit of planning ahead of time, but starting your research and shopping early can save you a lot of money. Start purchasing the pantry and freezer items you’ll need in advance whenever you see them on sale at the grocery store.
Compare prices at different stores before deciding where to purchase your canned items, spices and frozen goods. Check out each store’s coupon apps to find hidden discounts not advertised in their physical stores.
It’s also a great idea to look at discount grocery stores such as Aldi or Food Lion to find special deals you can’t find in other stores. Don’t forget to also take advantage of places like Costco to purchase items in bulk.
The best way to not accidentally get ahead of yourself and spend exuberant amounts of money on your Friendsgiving is to create a budget in advance. Once you’ve decided how much you want to spend, check out local grocery store prices to see how much it’ll cost to feed each guest.
Once you know how much each head will cost, you can use this number to determine how many friends you can invite to your event. If you want to invite more people than what is in your budget, then consider trying some of the other tactics mentioned above, such as hosting a potluck or pooling money for alcohol to bring the cost down.
If you’re looking for a cute decoration that will fit into any budget, try our free printable cocktail drink decor. Simply print out these decorations and tape them to alcohol stir sticks. Add tinsel balls and washi tape in different colors to add an extra element to your cocktails.
It might be tempting to set out lots of homemade appetizers for your guests while you finish cooking, but think again. Making appetizers can get costly and take up valuable time that you’ll need to master other dishes for the main course.
If you feel like you need to set out some snacks for everyone before dinner, then think of inexpensive options like chips and pretzels. Keeping the appetizers light will also make it so everyone doesn’t ruin their appetite before dinner is even served.
Use these budget-friendly Friendsgiving tips to throw an amazing event without breaking the bank. For more tips on how to host an event in your apartment, check out Apartment Guide’s blog.