Thanksgiving is stressful enough between buying ingredients, cooking the main dishes, and dealing with added family stress. Not to mention that Thanksgiving can be really costly when you put out such a big spread. The last thing you want to worry about is what your family is going to snack on during the day before the big meal – without spoiling their appetites. Here are three easy Thanksgiving appetizers that you can prepare in advance and won’t upset the bottom-line of your holiday budget.
3 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers for Cheap
First of all, make sure you have a holiday budget! A budget can help you accommodate the fun of the holidays without losing track of your finances. Avoid holiday overspending at all costs!
Apple Cider Punch
Feed a crowd with this easy and delicious apple cider punch. Apple is a staple of fall and Thanksgiving and if you’re looking to serve a crowd, look no further. Depending on the number of people attending your Thanksgiving celebration, how much cider you make may vary.
Just take anywhere from 1/2 to a few gallons of cold apple cider, some cinnamon sticks (or powdered cinnamon), pumpkin pie spice, and caramel flavoring syrup. Then, mix them together in a punch bowl. Garnish with apple slices for and some more cinnamon sticks for added flavor. It’s easy to “adult” this recipe, too. Just make it clear with a sign! Your guests can sip on this drink all day!
No, we’re not adding any extra poultry to your Thanksgiving meal. For a fun and easy snack, make a food platter in the shape of a turkey. Take some of your favorite foods like vegetables, sliced meats, and cheese to create the feathers and body of the turkey. Add in some crackers or dips and you will have a really simple and inexpensive snack to tide the family over until dinner time.
Mini Spinach Puffs
These bite-sized snacks are a really cheap addition to any easy Thanksgiving appetizers list. Take some crescent rolls or puff pastry and line them in a muffin tin. Then add a mixture of chopped frozen spinach, feta cheese, egg, garlic, and other seasonings into the lined muffin tin. Fold the excess pastry over the top and bake these bad boys at 400 degrees. You can make these the morning of or even in advance and freeze until Thanksgiving day! Check out the full recipe here.
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