There’s no sense in letting Thanksgiving gobble up your budget, especially if you’ve recently taken out a title loan for financial relief. For this year’s Thanksgiving party, use these 6 easy ideas to host your own potluck that won’t break the bank.
Throwing a potluck can easily be the most cost-effective way to throw a festive party. It also takes a lot of the stressful workload off your shoulders and allows your guests to get involved too. As the host, your responsibilities should include the following:
Assuming you have less than 10 guests coming over, you can ask them to bring at least 1 to 2 dishes each. These dishes can include appetizers, side dishes or desserts. Crockpot dishes are best since they can just bring over the pot and plug it in, saving space on the table. If it’s more than 10 guests, you can notch it down to 1 dish per person. While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to ask a few of your guests to bring some beverages or a bottle of wine. If your guests aren’t sure what to bring over, here are some ideas you could drop on them:
For appetizers, it doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or expensive. You can have your guests stick with the basics by bringing easy finger foods you’d find at a Super Bowl party.
Side dishes are going to be a big part of the meal, so make sure everybody brings a side that covers the Thanksgiving dinner basics:
Desserts are always fun. You probably already have an idea of what you want your guests to bring. But just in case, here’s a list to cover the basics:
Now that you have some basic ideas on how to throw your Thanksgiving potluck, it’s time to get the word out. It’s wise to give everyone at least 2 weeks’ notice so they can prepare what they’re going to bring. You can either assign each guest a specific dish or have your guests choose from a checklist. Make sure everyone is letting you know what they plan to bring so you can keep the checklist up to date to avoid having doubles. Doing Thanksgiving potluck-style will give you plenty of room in your budget for Christmas so you can better avoid financial emergencies and have a happier and healthier holiday season. Good luck and enjoy!