Before sending out the invitations to your next holiday party you need to take a few minutes and create a realistic budget. Your budget should cover the menu, décor, and any gifts you plan to give your guests.
Tips For Holiday Entertaining On A Budget
Start With A Plan. Creating a budget and making a plan from the very beginning will help you determine the type of party you will have. It will also help you decide on the number of guests, the type of food and beverages you will be serving as well as if you will be sending your guests home with a gift. You will need to keep in mind your other financial obligations during the Christmas season when deciding upon your final budget.
Skip The Open Bar. Instead opt for one or two signature drinks. Mulled wine is a fragrant holiday drink made from a wine, this doesn’t have to be an expensive wine, that is doctored with sugar and spices. Eggnog is another favorite holiday drink that your guests will be sure to enjoy and can be made with rum or kept “kid friendly”.
Cut Back On Expensive Ingredients. Substitute expensive or name brand ingredients for the less expensive store brands where you can. Saving the more costly ingredients for places in your dish where they will make an impact. Chances are that your guests wont even notice the substitutions.
Presentation Is Key. Even the simplest dish can become more elegant and festive when beautifully displayed on a holiday dish.
Don’t Buy It, Barrow It. Instead of spending your budget to purchase things like dishes, table linens and decorations see what you can barrow from your friends and family. Inexpensive cloth napkins can even transform what you already have and make it more festive. Finally, if this is a party you plan to host every year, you can purchase things for next year when it’s on clearance after Christmas.
Skip The Credit Cards. Never put party expenses on your credit card, that way you won’t be looking at a higher bill come January. Instead use cash or a debit card whenever you can. If you have budgeted properly and stuck to it, that will not be a problem.
Keeping these six simple tips in mind while planning your next holiday party will make it a much merrier night for everyone!
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