Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget

Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget

Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget 

Thanksgiving Decorating can be challenging for sure! Trying to find space on an already crazy crowded table is in my opinion an art!  Throw into the mix your budget!!! But WAIT!!  This is seriously one of the easiest holidays to decorate for.  So many free inspirational pieces outdoors like pumpkins, twigs, colorful leaves, just let your imagination take you outdoors for inspiration.  If that doesn’t do the trick, I’ve rounded up a handful of super frugal and well, EASY diy tablescape or decorating ideas.

frugal thanksgiving decor


These gorgeous White Gourds can be a table center piece or a wall accent.  Gourds can be found at farm stands, growing in your yard (maybe a neighbor has a few extras they grew), and grocery stores.  They come in all kinds of shapes and colors and they’re earth friendly to recycle after the feast.  I kinda like this Thanksgiving decorating idea and the possibility of keeping them up for a little while longer.

decorating with gourds


These DIY Place Cards are super affordable to make and eco friendly.  REALLY, how easy is this!  Grab some twine or even some natural colored yard you have around the house.  Easy enough to pick up at a local hardware store or even borrow some from a friend.  This would be a project to take the kids outdoors and have them help pick up some branches from a recent windstorm or while you’re getting fresh air and maybe some yard work done.  The place cards themselves can be made with cards like these or think outside the box and write names on leaves.

diy table setting cards

Is your Thanksgiving decorating area large?  Try this Doily Banner. Super easy to make. You know, those paper doilies you put under cakes and cookies to make your plates look a little more fancy schmancy? These paper goodies are the basis for all kinds of wonderful crafts!  I love the idea of re-using some nice cloth ones, the kind we have left from our grandparents xo that are well loved with years of history and memories.  You can pick them up now and start your own memories and traditions too!  This banner idea is great for all kinds of holidays and parties!

diy banner on a budget


If you have a family full of jokers, you have to make these Thanksgiving Balloons.  O.K. seriously, this is too FUN to not do!  Imagine some fun balloon games to end the day too!  When I saw these I thought what a great idea to also put some ‘Thankful’ notes inside a few too.

thanksgiving balloons


5- This Wheat Bundled Centerpiece is super easy and almost free to make, but it will look like you spent a ton.  This table piece is just the image of Thanksgiving decorating to me.  Living in New England seeing wheat grass growing on the side of the road is pretty common and I always see people wading around marsh areas trying to score themselves a bundle or two.  This reminds me of Thanksgiving pictures in books as a child.  Something about it makes me feel grounded and warm and comfy, satisfied.

frugal table decor

Setting the tone for Thanksgiving is part of the day, sets the pace for the mood, atmostphere and quite honestly can change a humdrum day to a festive thankful and festive day.  While the focus of Thanksgiving seems to go all to the food, a great atmostphere can go a long way to making the day more memorable.

Looking for more affordable ways to spruce up your home, check out our no sew pillows !  Quick AND Easy I promise.  We may have something you like here in one of our upcycling posts.

Whether you celebrate with family or friends, strangers or co-workers, my wishes are for you to find something to be thankful for in each day every day.

Looking for a more frugal and sensible ways to save and earn, stick around!   We’d love to have you over in our Facebook Group too.  

Holiday Punch for All Occasions, 7 Fa la la la Favorites

Holiday Punch for All Occasions, 7 Fa la la la Favorites

Holiday Punch for All Occasions. 7 of My Fa la la Favorites


punch recipes

Holiday Punch has made a comeback!  I don’t know how old you are but when was a kid growing up, punches were all the rave at parties.  In particular holiday parties and showers.  There were punches reserved for grownups and those were actually set up in different rooms where an adult could safely supervise.  I hadn’t seen them in quite a while until a few years back I was working in a new office and low and behold they dug out the PUNCH BOWL for our office party and hey, it was a regular old pizza party elevated to new heights merely by placing a punch bowl out!  Seriously, a punch at your party is a MUST HAVE these days!  I was lucky enough to inherit a punch bowl from my in-laws but you can get them at thrift and dollar stores.  You will never have to buy one again, they’re kind of one of those unsung heroes at the holiday party and showers, and well, just to make a celebration more festive. (ps. they double as salad bows!!)



cranberry rasberry punch


berry punch with champagne



pomegranite orange punch


  • If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, you’ll love Pina Colada Punch.


pina colada punch



Grapefruit Champagne Punch


Pineaple Rum Punch will make you wish it was summer year ’round.

pineapple punch



apple pie punch

Punches are a great frugal way to make a fancy schmancy statement at almost any celebration including holiday parties. You can make ice molds with bundt cake pans or even throw some fruit in a dixie cup and water or and freeze ! Add some giner ale or lemon lime soda to add fizz for your non alcoholic versions too!  There’s really no way to go wrong.

holiday punch

Hope you get a chance to enjoy these in person!  Cheers!

Looking for some frugal party tips, well look no more!  We did a post a while back for just these occasions! 

Ding Dong Witches Cauldron Treats

Ding Dong Witches Cauldron Treats

Ding Dong the witch is well, Sweet!  If you love Halloween as much as I do you can hardly get enough of all the fun ideas.  Sometimes your party table needs a little more fun than the traditional blood punch and mummy wrapped hot dogs,  These are really not as hard as they look and pretty fun to make as a family project or by yourself to surprise your kiddos!  I’ll highlight the real recipe but stick around for below with my ‘tips’ of how this cheating grandma gets it done!  Trick or Treat!!

Ding Dong Witches Cauldron Treats

ding dong halloween

ding dong halloween
Witches Cauldron Deserts

These are so adorable and well, ding dong delicious!  They take a little time but not hard and great way to get into the spirit with your family while making them together xoxo 

  • 1 box chocolate ding dongs
  • 3 bags green sixlets
  • 1 bag purple sixlets
  • 1 container small edible eyes
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
leaf green, red, orange, and yellow gel color
4 pipings bags with #2 tips
cookie sheet fitted with wax paper
  1. In a standing mixer, combine the egg whites, powder sugar, vanilla, cream of tarter and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form. About 5-7 minutes. I still use a hand mixer, just the stand mixer is much easier.  

  2. Split the royal icing into 4 bowls, and add a few drops of color into each bowl: one color per bowl.

    Scoop the icing into each bag

  3. Directions to decorate

    Unwrap ding dongs and place onto the cookie sheet

    Using the red piping bag, pipe on the red part of the flames on the bottom of the ding dong

    Using the orange piping bag, pipe a orange edging around the red flames

    Repeat the same step with the yellow piping bag.

    Using a tooth pick, pull the colors together to create a fire look.

  4. Using the green piping bag, up on the top, pipe on the witches potion

    Using the green and purple sixlets, place them along the green piping

    Add in some eye's for a spooky look.

  5. Let dry for 1 hour before enjoying

Let dry for 1 hour before enjoying.

TIPS:  So, tha’ts the real way in the recipe above.  I can tell you right now that I just got back from the grocery store and all royal icing was on SALE ! This grandma is a cheater!  If you really feel like saving a few cents more you can use the decoration instructions and use them on brownies too.  Really, the mix n match of ingredients is quite endless if you just use your frugal brains shopping your pantries or walking down the grocery aisles.  Search our coupon database and see if there’s anything that matches up with your list today.

Looking for another fun n easy Halloween sweet treat, check out our Twinkie Minion Mummie treats here.


Womens Halloween Costumes Lookin’ Good This Year!

Womens Halloween Costumes Lookin’ Good This Year!

Womens Halloween Costumes are lookin’ good this year!  Still searching for that fun costume to wear to this year’s party? Do you dress up for the trick or treaters or at the office?  I love the escape from reality Halloween brings.  Let the ‘kid in you’ come out to play mammas !

Womens Halloween Costumes Lookin’ Good This Year!

halloween costumes


Complete this Storm Trooper look by making your husband be Vader and a child Yoda.

Storm trooper

You just can’t go wrong when you dress up as a Classic Witch.

Look like you’ve came straight from the 70’s when you wear this Hippie costume.

BANANA! This adorable Minion costume comes complete with goggles!

If you can convince your man to be Batman, this Batgirl costume is perfect.

My childhood nightmare has come alive! But this Freddy wears fishnets?


If DIY is your thing, check out these super fun diy costume ideas for grownups!

Are you a Curvy mamma?  These are the BEST Halloween Costumes for You !!


Baby Halloween Costumes You’ll Oooh and Ahh Over!

Baby Halloween Costumes You’ll Oooh and Ahh Over!

Baby Halloween Costumes You’ll Oooh and Ahh Over!

Still stuck on the perfect Baby Halloween Costumes you like ? I don’t blame you, there are just so many crazy adorable choices.  Oh, the pictures!!!  baby halloween costumes

This Dragon costume is a perfect option for going out on a cooler night. And don’t tell any Game of Thrones fans, this one is much cuter!  Mother of Dragons sorry lady but these little creatures win over here!

infant halloween costume



I can’t get over how adorable this Monkey costume is, I mean look at the tail!!  My very first stuffed animal was a monkey, I still have a fond memories of these fun little jungle babies.

infant monkey costume



If you are looking for unique, then this Garden Gnome is the one. Oh, I can almost see this one with my friend’s new grandson haha.. I wonder if she’ll notice this.  Kristen, you know how I admire your garden gnomes every summer!!  You had to know I’d think of you when I saw this one!

garden gnome


Some monsters are scary, but this Monster is sweet as can be.  Don’t even tell me your little one isn’t a little monster from time to time!  Your secret is out!



Decorate the stroller like a pot, and let your little Lobster hold a spoon.  Hahaha , this so reminds me of one of the first year baby pics of my grandson!  Nicole, do you know the pic I’m thinking of? Reno in the stock pot, ohhhh tell him to stop growing older on me!

lobster costume for baby


This Lion costume would be great matched with a tiger and a bear or for a wizard of oz theme.  Jessica, I thought of Jackson in this one or is he more a little monster (wink wink) ?  Happy Trick or Treat our newest little grandson!

infant lion costume


If I were a new mom, I think I’d have to buy one for each day of the week!  I just don’t know how I could chose from all the adorable costumes there are!

Are DIY costumes more your thing?  Oh Baby, check these cutiepatooties out!

Have kids just a little older, we have these DIY’s for Halloween too.

Furbabies heading out trick or treating or showing off in a parade this year?

Of course, the festivities aren’t complete without a few decorations to set the spirit in tune!

I’m just a little excited about Halloween this year, can you tell ?