So, you waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving and now you have ten people to entertain. After you’re done panicking, it’s time to get down to business.
It’s not hard to spend lots and lots of money on Thanksgiving. However, you don’t have to. We can show you ways to have a great Thanksgiving party without going broke broke broke in the process.
There’s a temptation to overdo it when it comes to meat. People feel like they have to provide their guest with options. So they go out and buy hams and roast beef, maybe even steak.
Stick to poultry.
Turkey is THE dish of thanksgiving for a reason. It goes a long way. They say you need 2 pounds per person for a party of 4 to 8 people, and 1.5 pounds for 10 to 16 people. A single average to large turkey comes in around 25 pounds. That’s just enough to satisfy around twelve people.
This advice probably won’t help you much this year, but for next year, you could save quite a bit of money by getting a frozen turkey well ahead of time. Yep, they 100% mark up the price of turkey around Thanksgiving. It’s not your imagination.
You can also consider going with chicken. It’s cheaper, but you’ll need to get and cook more of them.
No Need to Get Fancy
Frankly, the classics aren’t especially expensive either. You can get a 10-pound bag of potatoes for 5 bucks. The ingredients for mac and cheese won’t run you much either. You only need a few sides.
Better still, make it a potluck thing. If you’re hosting, you’re expected to supply the main course, but don’t let your guests slack off. Have everyone bring a dish of their own and take some of the burden off of your shoulders.
Keep All the Leftovers
It’s your party. The leftovers are yours by right.
Seriously though, leftovers can save you days-worth of groceries. Turkey sandwiches for lunch. Garbage frittatas for breakfast (don’t let the name scare you). You put in all that work, stretch it out as long as you can.
While the turkeys might be marked up, a lot of the rest of the fixings are likely to have special prices leading up to Thanksgiving. You can compound those savings by looking for coupons for the things you want to serve. Granted, this is a good idea all year round, but it goes even further when you’re buying in bulk for a large group of people.
Don’t Be Afraid of Premade
You may not feel like a culinary marvel buying some premade dinner rolls, but it’ll save you a little money and a lot of time. The same goes for pies. Unless you’re famous for making a certain dish, it’s much less of a hassle to go store-bought
Skip the Appetizers
When you entertain, you feel like you have to keep your guests satisfied at all times. But come on, they are there for dinner, they won’t starve if they aren’t stuffing their faces from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave.
Appetizers may not seem like a big deal, but it’s an extra thing you don’t have to buy or make. Kitchen logistics are complicated enough on the big day.