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Entertaining on a Reasonable Budget

Holiday entertaining is an enjoyable aspect of the festive seasons that bring family and friends together to enjoy special meals and revelry each year.
Christmas, Boxing Day, and other treasured occasions are call for celebration, enabling loved ones to share the spirit of the seasons through parties, open houses, and sit-down dinners.  Even individual occasions, like birthdays and graduations are worthy of upscale celebrations, so there is never a shortage of reasons to gather family together for good times.

Unfortunately, feeding hungry mouths and furnish drinks for gatherings can be an expensive proposition for hosts and hostesses; especially when times are tough and money is lean.  Payday loans may come in handy when decorations, menu items, beverages and other party costs add-up quickly, but there are several money saving opportunities for those hosting gatherings.  There is no reason to sacrifice good times and over the top celebrating during festive seasons, but a little bit of extra attention may be required if saving money on holiday entertaining is your goal.

Ambitious Menus Carry higher Price Tags

One of the most prominent costs of holiday entertaining are expenses related to menu items offered by hosts and hostesses.  While the scope and size of each celebration is unique, there are nonetheless savings opportunities available for various party-planning approaches.  Trimming the menu to reasonable proportions is job-one for hosts and hostesses committed to keeping party costs low.  Menus needn't suffer for the effort, but failing to reel in ambitious food plans can result in overspending during the holidays.

A little research ahead of time helps menu planners select ingredients that are not overly expensive.  Certain production trends and seasonal availability limitations drive prices on certain foods higher during particular times of year.  To trim food costs for your next hosted event, focus menu-planning efforts around seasonal and inexpensive ingredients, so that you are not pay top price for the foods you offer.  Granted, celebrating sometimes calls for upscale ingredients, so leaning toward a few exotic offerings isn't necessarily a budget-buster.  The key is finding the proper balance between feeding hungry guests and wowing them with exotic dishes.

Make sure your party menu includes a few proven winners.  Tried and true recipes yield consistent results, and there is nothing like past feedback to indicate how your dishes will be received this time around.  Savings opportunities are present in staple categories like gourmet cheese too, which falls across a wide spectrum of costs and availability. Instead of buying large quantities of expensive, aged cheese, for example, lean on less expensive fresh varieties instead.  By going a bit more mainstream with your selections, you'll which offer greater variety, which can be augmented with small samplings of the rarer cheese varieties.

Drinks Drive Party Costs Higher

Holiday consumption rises with the festive nature of the season, so furnishing a wide selection of adult beverages can quickly erode party budgets, undermining efforts to save money on hosted events. There are essentially two ways to manage party costs related to beverage spending, starting with a group approach to keeping glasses full.  By encouraging guests to bring their own favorite beverages, or to simply contribute a bottle of wine or spirits, you spread the burden across many people, lightening your own personal responsibility.

The other way to keep tabs on beverage spending is to furnish a limited number of drinking options, instead of feeling obliged to supply a full bar set-up.  By reducing offerings to a few specialty cocktails you add a unique twist to your affair and expose guests to drinks they may not otherwise be aware of.  Of course your designated drinks are not going to appeal to everyone's tastes, so water and other soft drinks should be made available for guests.