Just a friendly reminder that if you want to host a holiday dinner this season, you CAN do it nicely without breaking the bank, if you’re wanting to work on a budget. We started #FPU last December and have been a little better about working on a budget. Here are a few ways we kept the spending down...
1) we were hosting for 17 and didn’t have a table big enough. I borrowed 3 folding white tables and one of our own, and pushed them all together. This created a table that was 5ft x 12 ft. We also borrowed folding chairs.
2) Instead of purchasing 4 matching table clothes, I purchased a roll of brown craft paper (and used my 40% off HL coupon) It made for easy clean up, too.
3) I used corrugated, gold glitter, 12x12 scrapbook paper (when it was 50% off) as placemats. I had to toss 4 of them but the rest seemed to be in perfect condition so I’m going to hold on to them.
4) I ended up using my own silverware Bc I had enough, but I’ve seen some really nice looking gold disposable silverware sets at HomeGoods for a really good price. You can find them on Amazon as well. Is definitely more affordable to use what you have, but If there’s not enough, these are great options!
5) I purchased these plates as I could from Hobby Lobby while they were 50% off. Next year (or afternoon Christmas if there’s any left) I’ll start collecting the salad plates as well.
6) A really simple centerpiece. I spent $15 on eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s. It’s BY FAR the cheapest I’ve found. And I actually purchased it two weeks before Thanksgiving bc I was nervous they’d sell out quickly closer to the holiday. If you purchase them early just cut the stems when you get home and put them in a bucket of cold water. I changed out the water every 5ish days. I used brass candlesticks we already had BUT I have gone to Goodwill in the past and loaded up on candlesticks and spray painted them all to match (bronze, brass, silver, whatever you prefer) and they look GREAT! And for .50-$1 a piece you really can’t beat that price!
6) I purchased the glasses for $1.50 each when our World Market closed. If you enjoy entertaining always be on the lookout for great sales or store closing (finished in comments)