Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that celebrates everything that we can give thanks for. The universal nature of the occasion increases its appeal to people from all religions as everyone takes a moment to appreciate their blessings and show gratitude for all that is well – the Sun, the wind, the chirping of morning birds, the sound of out heartbeat…
Even though we offer thanks everyday, Thanksgiving is a specific day celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, and this year that’s the 28th of November. It’s never too early to start preparing for Thanksgiving, which is why we’re sharing our top tips about making Thanksgiving a low-budget, affordable yet fun occasion for the entire family.
The origin of Thanksgiving
But first, here’s a little something about the origin of this holiday, which goes back to the seventeenth century when the first-ever Thanksgiving Day was observed in the year 1621. This event is attributed to a lady named Sarah Josepha Hale who campaigned to have the event recognized as a national day, which is aimed to celebrate domestic tranquility, encourage gatherings for the family and other near and dear ones, and be grateful for all that we have.
Now let’s move on to how you can celebrate Thanksgiving, a heartwarming holiday, without putting a dent on your wallet.
Accessories for Thanksgiving on a Budget
Cooking a low-budget meal for Thanksgiving
The most popular dishes on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner are turkey, corn, pumpkin, pies, cranberries, etc., along with chocolate & wine. Now these ingredients may be beyond the reach of many folks these days or maybe you just don’t like to taste of corn and turkey, so you can always cook up something else you love. Even a plain old tomato and cucumber sandwich will work! Why not? At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts and the bliss of being grateful for the smallest of blessings in your life.
The perfect color scheme for your Thanksgiving decor
A must for a Thanksgiving dinner table, or your living room, is a harvest colored scheme of warm yellows, gold, burned reds, browns, oranges, and greens. You need not buy something fancy to decorate your home, instead, use a bit of imagination and you’re good to go.
Making your own Thanksgiving decorations and accessories
You can use some brown, orange or red colored paper or fabric lying around the home to cut out leaves and flowers that you decorate with glitter glue or regular markers. Alternatively, simply head out and pick up a few fresh flowers, dried leaves, branches and pebbles from your garden or the neighborhood park and you can make your own harvest decorations.
You can also light up a couple of candles for the extra cozy and warm effect. Making budget-friendly candle stands at home is easy. Take a small-sized pumpkin, make a hole in the center and insert a colored candle. Or you may use different sizes of clear glass containers or an old mason jar and fill them up with colored grains, lentils, or beans and insert candles inside them.
Buying affordable Thanksgiving decorations – Hello Dollar Store!
Instead of buying fancy pre-made thanksgiving ornaments and flower arrangements, you can selectively buy the ‘raw materials’ or supplies you need to create some low-cost decorations yourself. For instance, if you have a few dollars to spare, simply visit the dollar store and buy some artificial flowers that fit the autumn/ Thanksgiving color scheme. You can easily store these throughout the year and take them out a day or two before Thanksgiving every year, looking as good as new after a quick wash with water and soap.
While you’re surfing the dollar store shelves, go ahead and grab the harvest-themed wrapping paper and assorted beakers or glassware and put all these together to create your own unique, low-cost Thanksgiving ornaments and decorations.
Making a low-cost floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving celebrations
A centerpiece is the heart of the dinner table or your living room and buying one from the store can cost a pretty penny. Luckily, you can make your own Thanksgiving centerpiece using a collage of colors with fruits, flowers, wrapping sheets, candles, golden sprayed pine cones and dried corns for a colorful ensemble. You can also use autumn flowers such as pink amaranthus, vibrant coral chrysanthemums, white aster and bright color roses for flower arrangement.
Tips for Setting an Affordable Yet Formal Thanksgiving Dinner
It would be great if you use pumpkin gold, burgundy or any other harvest color tablecloth, which is at least six inches bigger to allow side drops. But then again, if you own a wooden dining table, you need not decorate it further with fabric. Then comes the placement of mats, crockery, cutlery, etc. The browner the better. However, off-white can certainly work too! You may place soup bowls on top of service plates, dinner knives and spoons on the right side of the plate, whereas the salad and dinner fork will go to the left. Napkin holders go in the plate.
Inexpensive napkin holders can be made using colorful ribbons, or a bunch of fresh or dried herbs, flowers or berries tied together in some net. You may also use yellow-orange autumn leaves glued on top of the napkin holders as well.
You may also place glasses and goblets on the top right corner of your plates and put welcome cards either on the side or top of them. You can also create your own simple place cards by writing the names of your guests on a piece of paper and pin it on a small leaf or some twigs tied together. Alternatively, writing their names with gold glitter glue onto dried autumn leaves can also work.
The essence of Thanksgiving
You can use the above low-budget decorations and accessories to pamper yourself as well as your near and dear ones with a memorable Thanksgiving celebration as you save good money. However, we should all remember the true essence of this special day is to be grateful for the little things in life, and to do that, you need no special accessories and decorations because gratitude is not a matter of fancy home decor or feasts, gratitude is a matter for the heart, a matter for the soul…