Do Friendsgiving decor affordably with these simple ideas. Rustic materials like twine and burlap are inexpensive and can be used in multiple projects. Fall's pumpkins and leaves are classic decorations (and leaves don't cost you anything!), and a banner to welcome everyone will really make the room feel festive. We've also rounded up small gifts your guests will be excited to take home. Happy Friendsgiving, indeed!
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If you don't own a full formal silverware set, don't fret. Thrift stores and flea markets are bound to yield unique, inexpensive utensils. And don't worry about matching: Mismatched tableware gives off a rustic, casual vibe. Look around at dollar stores for dish towels in fall colors. They can easily be repurposed as cloth napkins. No napkin rings? Tie everything together with a twine bow, and your Friendsgiving table settings are ready.
Folded napkins instantly make any party feel more fancy, and this turkey will put a smile on your friends' faces. To make this gobbler, simply fold cloth napkins (or dish towels) accordion style. Iron each fold so the crease stays in place. Secure on the bottom with a binder clip or clothespin. Set a gourd on each guest's plate in front of the napkin for the body. If desired, hot-glue facial features cut out of felt to the "head."
You only need four items for this simple Friendsgiving banner: folded paper, tape, binder clips, and twine. Spell out a holiday-related word, such as "thanks" or "gratitude." Or, if you're feeling ambitious, make the paper pumpkins smaller and spell out "Happy Friendsgiving!"
If you're in need of Friendsgiving decorating ideas, pumpkins and gourds are the easiest fall decor out there. Plus, a few small pumpkins (faux or real) won't break your budget. White pumpkins stand out well in a sea of orange and red. Use Sharpie or black paint to spell out a fall message, then line them up as a centerpiece. Mini pumpkins also work great as place cards. Write each guest's name on a pumpkin, then let them take their pumpkins home as Friendsgiving party favors.
Welcome guests to Friendsgiving with a rustic burlap wreath. This project is perfect if you've already bought burlap for the table runner. All you have to do is wrap the additional fabric around a foam wreath form (available at craft stores). Pin the burlap in the back as you go. Hot-glue a few artificial flowers to the front, and you're all set!
Fall leaves are quite possibly the most budget-friendly decor of all, since they're free! First, gather up some interesting leaves. To press, lie the leaf flat between two pieces of scrap paper or newspaper. Top with heavy books and allow to sit for a few days. When the leaves are pressed, decoupage them to old book pages and frame. For a more permanent display, glue the pages directly to the picture frame backing. Otherwise, you can reuse the frame for photos again when your Friendsgiving party is over.
Send your friends home with treats in an unexpected container…Easter eggs! Make these Friendsgiving party favors by wrapping twine around the tops of the plastic eggs, hot gluing as you go. Leave a short length of twine at the top for a stem. Fill with candy corn, trail mix, or other treats.