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FrugalMom's Guide to Holiday Entertaining


By Angela Heidt

Yes, it is that time again. While some of us get giddy with excitement at the thought of the holidays just around the corner, many of us simply cringe when they consider how much it is going to cost, especially if it is up to you to host a holiday party or dinner. Fortunately there are some ways to skimp on the ingredients of a great party without losing the festive flavor.

Tip #1 - Booze

Any party involving adults usually also involves alcohol, which can easily run into the hundreds of dollars depending on what you provide. Over the holidays you usually can't get by with just beer and wine, you need something festive. Eggnog with rum is a good choice; even if you choose cheap rum no one notices because the eggnog covers it up. One of my personal favourites is mulled wine. You take the biggest, cheapest jug of wine you can find, add some cinnamon, cloves, sugar and orange juice and you will have a spicy, delicious holiday hit. It is practically worth it to make mulled wine just for the great aroma it fills your house with.

Tip #2 - Brunch

Instead of the traditional (expensive) Christmas day dinner, why not have brunch instead? Pancakes, muffins, eggs, toast and some fresh fruit make for a great mid-day meal, and won't hit your already depleted pocketbook too hard. Set up an omelet station, where everyone picks their fillings then brings it over for cooking--it's easy and delicious. Or have a relaxed Christmas lunch with a veggie plate, some cold cuts and cheese and crackers. Everyone can help themselves while they enjoy each other's company.

Tip #3 - Prepare

Buying everything at the last minute will cost you more, so try to stock up ahead of time. Many Christmas dinner items are also used during Thanksgiving, so look for them on sale in November, or just keep your eyes peeled in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You can also prepare some dishes the day before to take the pressure off while you are cooking the main dishes.

Tip #4 - Potluck

We all know how much work it is to prepare a holiday meal, so if someone asks if they can bring something, take them up on it. Whether it is something small like dinner rolls or a larger item it will mean one less thing you have to worry about, and pay for.

Tip #5 - Go Non-Traditional

Turkeys and ham can cost quite a lot of money, so why not put a different dish on the table this year? Most people attend more than one get together over the holidays so they usually appreciate a taste of something different. If you or your family have roots in another country, why not prepare some holiday dishes from there? Not only will everyone get to experience another culture's holiday meals, you get to save on the big bird.

Editors note: Find more articles about the holidays on MomTalk.com

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