Everyone loves a party, but the thought of hosting one is often daunting….and sometimes expensive. But a great gathering doesn’t have to break the bank. Close friends, good music, lite bites and your own personal panache will do the trick! Here are some tips for entertaining with style on a budget.
…printed invitations, send a festive e-invite from an on-line website such as Paperless Post or evite.com. The invitation will appear in your guests’ inbox for free or a fraction of the cost of printed invitations.
…Champagne, serve Prosecco, an affordable bubbly loved by Italians and the world over.
…a full bar, serve wine and beer only or a specialty cocktail, one with alcohol, one without.
…an expensive bottle of wine, buy one that fits your budget, and use our custom wine labels to add a special touch.
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Take a hike…in your own garden or in the woods to cut sprigs of pine, magnolia, boxwood, berries and pine cones to make your own wreath or garland. Buy the wreath wire frame at a craft store and apply your evergreens with thin crafting wire.
Use what you have…such as heirloom ornaments or a family keepsake, and borrow what you may not have from a neighbor or friend.
Light a fire. Nothing says fun and festive like a crackling fire to sit by and sip a hot toddy. If you have an outdoor space, burn the Original OneLogFire, only $16.99
Use candles to create a glow throughout your home, including the powder room.
Play Christmas or holiday music to get everyone in the spirit. Use a site such as Spotify to stream your music for free.
Make a banner from burlap or other fabric remnants you may have at home. Use letter stamps from an art supply store to spell: Merry, Joy, Christmas, Celebrate, or another happy message, and hang across your hearth.
Multi-use Beverage Tubs can double as gift baskets, wine bucket, baguette holder, dog toy storage, fat wood and much more! Festive and versatile for any room in the house, $29.99 each; Knit Sweater and Hat Bottle Toppers are inexpensive and express a jolly good sense of humor. $6.99 each or only $5.99 for two or more HERE; Make your sofa comfy for guests with our exclusive Holiday Throw Blankets in Snowman or Snowflake design. Customize name for free! $49.99 each
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Assorted types of bread is always a good idea. Choose sourdough, challah, sesame, whole grain and crostini, and pair with cheese chunks and tasty spreads such as olive, salmon, avocado, etc.
Make easy skewers of cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls
Make a pretty platter of veggie sticks, using large greens as your base. Place dips in small dishes within the display.
Bacon-wrapped scallops are easy to make and eat
Tea sandwiches on a thin sandwich bread (like Pepperidge Farm) always make for a nice display. Place on a tiered tower, cutting boards, or plates at different heights. Best bets: cucumber and cream cheese, tuna, cheese and tomato
Mini sandwiches or bites: burgers, hot dogs, pork, bbq chicken
Chili-flavored popcorn: Easy to make and tasty too!
Your food doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be displayed well! Think different heights, decorative textures and colors, a mini spruce tree, burlap over a basic box, and seasonal greenery.
Cutting Boards are kitchen essentials, but don’t just leave them there! Our Personalized Alder Wood Cutting Boards are made to be displayed on a dining, buffet table or sideboard. Made of sustainable hardwood that’s bacteria-resistant. They also made a great hostess gift, wedding or anniversary gift. Shop HERE for design details, $39.99 each. Our personalized Bamboo Spoon is now only $6.99 and is safe for all surfaces, made of a natural sustainable material and germ resistant. The perfect gift! Buy it HERE
Make your own cupcakes and top with a festive sprinkle mix from the baking section at the grocery store (stars, tiny trees, glitter, etc). Use holiday baking cups and top with a fun flag.
Bake a cake! Why buy an expensive dessert when you can save the money and make your own cake? Spell out a cheerful holiday sentiment on top and display in our Domed Acacia Wood Server. Your guests will think it came from the bakery! Need some inspiration? Take it from entrepreneur and celebrity baker Candace Nelson, the cupcake queen! Order here and you will get an autographed copy!
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