Food writer, personal chef, and consummate hostess Katie Sweeney (who pens the entertaining blog Six Twists) shares her expert advice on hosting a dinner party.
This year will be the 10th year in a row that I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner. It's my absolute favorite holiday and I go all out—think Pinterest-worthy place cards, gravy infused with homemade turkey stock, and Bouchon's recipe for apple pie with almond cream and apple butter and fresh-churned vanilla bean ice cream. This sort of over-the-top finery can add up, especially if it's your first time planning a Thanksgiving meal. That's why I always try to cut costs and keep things as affordable as possible. Here are some simple tips to throwing a fabulous Thanksgiving that won't drain your bank account.