Photography, Kelsey Chance, Unsplash.com
When you’re hosting your friends or family, the cost of food, wine and decorations can add up quickly.
Over the many holiday seasons Canadian Living has been hosting, we’ve found a few practical tips you can keep in mind that’ll help you save money without sacrificing all the fun.
Here are our seven tips for hosting while sticking to a budget.
1. Look through flyers for discounts
Clip coupons if you need to, but even taking advantage of weekly specials to menu plan can help.
Photography, Stephanie McCabe, Unsplash.com
2. Cook everything yourself
Roll up your sleeves and take the time to make your own homemade pies, yule logs and quiches. Opt for simple, inexpensive recipes that are easy to make. The more time you put into making your meal, the less it will cost you in the end, since you won't have to pay for someone else’s labour.
3. Suggest a potluck
The best way to entertain without breaking the bank is to suggest a potluck party where everyone brings a dish or food to share. Not only is this less expensive, but you’ll also get to try recipes you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of!
4. Get creative
When it comes to decorating, we love a good DIY project. From making your place cards to sewing a unique tablecloth from old fabrics, the possibilities are endless.
5. Embrace an Italian menu
Pasta and pizza are always popular with guests and are usually inexpensive meals. Take the opportunity to make your own pizza dough and impress your guests with olives and antipasti.
6. Opt for vegetarian dishes
7. Take a trip to the dollar store
If you're hosting a bite-sized event, you'll need serving dishes and napkins. The best place to find them at low prices is the dollar store. You can even find games to keep any children entertained during mealtime.
6 cozy drinks for the holidays