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How to Host an Easy Friendsgiving on a Budget

November 28, 2018 (Last updated November 26, 2023) · Nicole Triebe

Officially Thanksgiving has passed, but it doesn’t mean that the festivities are over! I’m here today to show you how to host a super easy Friendsgiving on a budget.

The best thing about Friendsgiving is it’s super relaxed without the pressures of impressing family with a huge meal.  Friendsgiving is an easy and fun way to celebrate with good food and lots of laughs with friends.  I’m partnering with Solo today to show you how to have a stress free celebration (and on a budget)!

How to create a gorgeous tablescape

The first thing you need is a festive tablescape! I used a combination of family heirlooms (my mom’s crystal) and some thrift store finds (can you say gorgeous centerpiece from Goodwill?!?) to create the ultimate Friendsgiving on a Budget tablescape.

Thanksgiving tablescape

I got these beautiful name plates from Etsy that were a steal at $2.65!  They were an elegant touch to a simple napkin and eucalyptus leaves on each place setting.  Trader Joes has a great selection of blooms and greens for $3 each, so that’s $5 for a stunning place setting!  My napkins are from Chip and Joanna’s Hearth and Hand line.

Make it a potluck!

The great thing about Friendsgiving after Thanksgiving is everything is on sale!  Purchase a bird for cheap and have your friends bring over side dishes to make it a potluck!   Set out your sides on a buffet table with lots of Solo plates to pile on the goods.  We had an amazing cauliflower cheddar chowder for a starter, and Solo’s 20 oz paper bowls were a perfect vessel for this yummy soup.

friendsgiving buffet

Solo’s 10″ plates were made for Friendsgiving on a Budget.  They’re big enough for slices of the bird and all the sides.  We put our gravy and cranberry sauce in Solo’s paper snack bowls, which also double as to-go boxes for all your leftovers!  Don’t forget about Solo Party cups with Apple cider Sangria! Best part about using solo? No clean up at the end of the night! Can’t ask for much more than that!
friendsgiving buffet

friendsgiving buffet

Lay it all out beautifully!

Once your turkey is carved, put all the slices on a big solo plate for all your guests to help themselves!
Friendsgiving buffet

How good does this Friendsgiving on a Budget spread look?!?

Thanksgiving place setting

How do I create a centerpiece?

I love to go to Goodwill for tons of holiday decor.  They have 5,000 new items every day so I never know what I’m going to find!  But every time I go I walk out with some gorgeous vintage finds.  This time, I got this beautiful wood slab that I used as the base of my centerpiece for $5, and some mini pumpkins at Target’s dollar bin.   I put additional eucalyptus leaves along the table runner I already had, and viola! My gorgeous tablescape was complete.  Perfect for Friendsgiving on a Budget!

Thanksgiving centerpiece

How do you do Friendsgiving?  Let me know in the comments!

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