Monday, November 21, 2016

Simple and inexpensive Thanksgiving.

  Ok, I realize I'm no expert when it comes to hosting holidays. In fact, this is our first year ever taking the lead on either (both!) holidays. And to be honest, my entire family is doing the work for Thanksgiving- we're all bringing dishes and no one person is doing the majority of the work. Justin and I are simply hosting it at our house!

  If you're like me, you want simple and easy but still pretty and fun this Thanksgiving. Oh, and also inexpensive! So I thought I would share some of the ways I'm saving money and making life easier on myself while still (hopefully!) having a great day with family. And since Thanksgiving is only 3 days away, I promise these are easy things you can get done before then!

// Need greenery or something to pretty up your table? Trader Joe's has big bouquets of eucalyptus for only $2.99 each! Don't live near TJ's? I've seen bunches of eucalyptus and pine at Kroger, too. Layer three of those babies along your table and top with some oranges or bud vases or pumpkins or pinecones and voila! Easy, pretty, cheap, and it smells soooooo good.

// Make people think you're fancy by printing off these 'thankful' placecards and handlettered menu! They're absolutely free and Caitlin even printed hers on cut up paper grocery bags. (find the downloadable file here)

// Go grocery shopping tonight (if you haven't gone already). You can buy nearly everything 3 days out, so sit down for 20 minutes and make your list and go pick up everything! Don't wait until Wednesday.

// Need a salad idea? I love this one.

// Top your table with pretty mercury glass votives for only $2 each (!!!!) and some pretty chargers for basically $1 (!!!) from Michael's. (Bonus- if you download their mobile app, you can get an extra 20% off your entire purchase)

// But the biggest tip? Don't worry and genuinely try to have fun this Thanksgiving! We legit have a big hole in our basement wall and SO many unfinished or just not-pretty parts of our house right now, but I'm got letting that bother me. Let's all agree not to let imperfect homes and recipe-flops and stressful relatives and whatever bother us this year! Just be thankful and look past those things and have fun! This tip is as much for you as it is for me :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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