If you want to get into the Friendsgiving mood but don’t want to break your wallet, there are plenty of ways to get crafty without spending a fortune.
Don’t worry — it doesn’t mean making your place look like a glitter bomb from Michaels went off either. No need to have Martha Stewart-level decorating skills (or her deep pockets, for that matter) to make your place look homey and inviting for your Friendsgiving guests. Here are some clever ideas to get your house looking festive for a range of different price points.
$0–$50: Budget baller
Did you blow your budget on booze and the big bird in the oven? Never fear; you can decorate by spending very little or even by using items you already have in your house.
Send your guests off with leftovers without breaking the bank and having to beg them for your Tupperware back. How? By packing up second helpings in these charming paper to-go bags using free printables from Well-Made Heart.
If you are into shabby-chic then this table is for you. A wicker basket cornucopia, filled with painted gourds, hand-stenciled tablecloths and matching printed framed photos with inspirational words are the theme of this decor style. Learn how to create the look over at Hymns and Verses.
The in-laws are coming. Or maybe your hard-to-please boss. Either way, it’s time to make a good impression. Break out your fine china, or buy some new stuff (you have an official excuse to go on a spree, so what are you waiting for?). Here are some cool ideas and themes to use when you want your dinner party pimped out.
White pumpkin centerpiece
If you happen upon a plethora of white pumpkins at your local farmers market, buy as many as you think your tabletop will hold. You’ll wow all your Friendsgiving guests when you recreate this stunning centerpiece by Sand and Sisal.
Antique place card holders
For a family reunion-style dinner, make sure you let everyone remember the past in style. Find old photos and frame them in antique holders from Target as place cards. They make nice gifts to take home, too.
You are used to entertaining and you spare no expense. Throwing parties is your raison d’être. It’s your firm belief that if guests don’t leave talking about every little detail then you haven’t done your job. Since every year is an opportunity for you to outdo yourself, here are some ideas to help you top the previous holiday.
Golden glam tablescape
If you are less homespun and more the Manhattan-sleek type, then this modern golden glam tablescape by Camille Styles will be to your liking. Purple orchids, gold obelisks, gold charger plates and sleek designs will let your friends know you are the Posh Spice of the bunch.
If you are hosting in a rustic country home or your style is a bit more old-fashioned, this is a fantastic idea. You can display a collection of old china and make it a tradition to collect a plate every year to add to the wall.
Whether you find straight decorative plates or search for ones that are specifically adorned with turkeys (like these from Home Is Where the Boat Is), it can be a fun online scavenger hunt for friends and family. China can be found on eBay or replacements.com, and out-of-the-way antique shops on dusty country roads.
Game of Thrones-inspired tablescape
Winter is coming and T-Day is nigh, so set a table that would impress a Red Wedding. How? Borrow ideas from this opulent Game of Thrones-inspired wedding featured on Hostess with the Mostess. We particularly love the place cards lined in faux fur, gold-rimmed goblets, textured gold chargers, thick clusters of fresh flowers and statement-making oversized candle holders.
Forks are included, though don’t be surprised if your guests go all medieval and eat their turkey legs with their hands. Huzzah!