Just because the economy is in a downward spiral that doesn't mean you should call off your plans for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Now, more than ever, is a time to get together with loved ones. This week I'll be discussing my ideas for a Thanksgiving dinner that won't break the bank. Whether you're a student with a small income or were recently laid off, I've got you covered. Take my tips and translate them into your own delicious meal.
Usually, I'm an advocate for sending handmade invitations through regular mail, but between the cost of supplies and stamps, the first way to start saving is through an email invitation. If your group is smaller than 5, invite each guest with a phone call. For a larger group, create a quick, fun emailable invite like the one seen here. To learn how I made it,
To make a similar invite you will need the following supplies:
- Thanksgiving image
To assemble the invite:
- Start by dragging the invite into Photoshop. Create a new blank file. Copy and paste the image into the file. Shrink down to size so there is a border around the image.
- With the eyedropper tool, select a color from the image. Use this color to fill in the background.
- In the bottom half of the page insert a text box. Write out the details of the dinner. For mine I used the font Mona Lisa Solid IT to write the following:
Please join me in giving Thanks
Thursday, November 27th, 2008 Festivities begin @ 3 in the afternoon
PartySugar’s house, San Francisco
If desired change the text to match the image.
- Save as a jpeg. Send the invite attached to an email or upload it into an evite or pingg document.