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Holiday entertaining on a budget - how would you tackle it?

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Holiday entertaining on a budget - how would you tackle it?

The Oracle | Dec 3, 2013 12:37 PM

I'd love to have friends over for a holiday celebration. Something simple - cocktails/apps - maybe a silly white elephant exchange. Likely on a week-night.... 7p-10p.... something like that.

The problem is finances are tight and while I should probably not host an event (due to trying to spend less money(, I can't help but want to fill my home with whomever can make it!

So - to that end, I need help making it chow-ish but budget friendly (I typically go way overboard with party food - going crazy with too many options and making too much food).

I know if I put my mind to it, I can come up with delicious, budget-friendly foods. I'm also thinking if I do a big-batch 'signature' drink - like mulled wine or spiked cider, that will also help with alcohol costs.

If anyone has any food or drink suggestions or tips on how to pull this off, I'm all ears!

...or maybe the answer is to focus on dessert and forget savory apps and make a few desserts. That could be budget friendly, but I'm wondering if theres appeal to a dessert party (when many people are getting maxed out on holiday sugar).

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