Planning Your Own Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving on your own can be a bit scary and overwhelming. Maybe you’ve never cooked your own turkey or maybe you’ve never really helped cook a big dinner like this before. If it’s your first Thanksgiving on your own or even second or third, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath and read on. Here are some tips that will help make your Thanksgiving successful & special.

How many guests? You need to know how many people will be at your Thanksgiving before you start.

How will you pay? Are you paying for the whole dinner by yourself or is everyone chipping in? Guests could also bring a side dish to help out. There are many things you can do to save some money when shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner. For instance, such as-buy generic. You don’t need brand item when there is hardly a difference between most name brand and generic items. So just grab the cheaper one. Frozen pre made pumpkin pies are much easier and affordable than homemade and taste delicious! (Don’t forget the Cool whip).

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If you are solely paying for the dinner alone, it’s important you create a budget. How much do you have to spend on this Thanksgiving dinner? This way you don’t go over budget.

Making a list. 
This is important! Research what you’ll need for certain dishes that you want to make; such as what ingredients are needed to make stuffing or broccoli cheese casserole. Compare the cost of items in the sale ads or on the web as well before you head out to shop. Most stores price match competitors’ prices. Also there may not even be anyone who really wants turkey. Take a vote on what meat everyone would prefer.

Shopping. Remember to stick to the list! Ask someone to come with you and help you do the shopping. However, be sure you take your time so you know that you’re getting the best deals and so you don’t grab the wrong ingredients, especially spices!

Decorating. Decorating for Thanksgiving is very simple. You can use candles to give your home a wonderful fall smell like pumpkin or cinnamon scents, find a fall themed table cloth for the table like brown or ones with fall leaves print, and pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers for your centerpiece.

I hope these tips help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving (remember the most important part is making memories).