‘Tis the season to be jolly, and that means a busy schedule full of holiday parties with friends, families, coworkers and neighbors. Here are tips on how to host for less:
*Find Your Go-To Dish
Some of your party invitation may include the option of “potluck-style”. It’s best to have an arsenal of quick go-to dishes to bring along. Skip the store-bought cookie platter in favor of homemade fare, like these easy holiday appetizers from Better Homes and Gardens.
*Become Betty Crocker
Since pre-made treats are marked up nearly 300 percent at supermarkets and bakeries, skip store-bought in favor of treat mixes or even no-bake desserts. Your wallet and your taste buds will thank you.
No holiday party is complete without a festive punch, but drink concoctions laden with every flavor of liqueur can get pricey. Instead, mix seasonal fruit juices with a splash of rum, or add champagne to your favorite juice cocktail. You can typically find liquor for 30-percent less at warehouse liquor stores, so keep that in mind as you stock up on spirits.
Though the holidays represents the one time you bring out the fine china for guests, it’s not the most practical approach when hosting an informal dinner party in your home. Instead, head to your dollar store for disposable (but festive!) serving ware for a frugal approach to supplies — and super easy cleanup.
I hope these tips help you with a lovely holiday party!
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Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. firstname.lastname@example.org)