The Broke Girl's Guide To Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Illustrated by Shawna Huang
Agreeing to host Thanksgiving was a brilliant idea...in theory. But, then you remembered your self-imposed spending freeze, not to mention the sloppy state of affairs at home. Well, go ahead and count your blessings, because we've discovered some simple, money-saving secrets that will cut costs in the kitchen without disappointing your guests.
Who do you have to thank? A handful of local creative experts — among them Parachute chef Beverly Kim and DJ Mary Nisi — who shared tips on how to be a hostess with the mostess without losing your mind. Turns out, there’s a $2 side dish that’ll serve 20 people, a few boxed wines that always win big, and an easy, elegant centerpiece you can make with frozen flowers. Follow their advice, and when it's all said and done, both your tummy and your wallet will be perfectly full.