Holidays

5 Ways to Save on Holiday Entertaining

Think outside the box to stay inside your spending limits for common holiday expenses

5 Ways to Save on Holiday Entertaining
 

The Food

Think untraditional

When it comes to holiday eats, do what works best for you, your event and your wallet. Suggest a holiday potluck dinner instead of the traditional host-serves-everything setup. Or, if you’re hosting a large crowd, have an open-house party with only drinks and appetizers.

Less is more

With hearty holiday foods, less really is more. Make dishes that are flavorful and filling—like rosemary mashed potatoes and bread pudding—and serve one festive beverage in bulk, such as mulled wine.

The Decorations

Put your food to work

Make your dishes pull double duty as both dinner and decoration. Fill a clear vase with apples and glitter-coated twigs for a quick and easy coffee table decoration, and use sprigs of evergreen from your yard as a garnish beside cakes and casseroles.

Get crafty

Use what you have lying around your attic as unique holiday décor. An old, cracked sled near the front door, or some worn mittens hanging from the mantel gives your home a cozy, custom feel. Have a decoration-making party the night before a big dinner and let the kids craft popcorn garlands and paper snowflakes for some added fun.

The Gifts

Make giving a game

Instead of buying expensive gifts, play white elephant with your family, including the older teens. Consider reserving Secret Santa for the younger kids, and be sure everyone follows the price limit for gifts.

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