How to Save on Holiday Entertaining

How to save money on your holiday entertaining.To me, the holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re hosting a party or doing any entertaining, it can also  expensive, even if it’s just close family and friends.  One thing here, one thing there, it adds up and especially since you are spending money on gifts too, this can make even a greater dent in your wallet.

From the party food and holiday recipes to invitations and decorations, here are a few ways you can deck the halls and toast the season without breaking the bank.

P.S., here’s the recipe for Swedish Glogg (mulled wine) that I mention in the video!

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14 Responses to How to Save on Holiday Entertaining

  1. Vivaciousgold December 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I find bargains all through the year and stash. I am lucky that my family members don’t do the latest craze.

  2. Thomas Murphy December 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    To save money I shop during sales and use coupons.

  3. Janice December 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    We ususally do word of mouth but when I do invitations I print them out myself and save money that way.

    For decorations, I do put a tree but I love bringing the outdoors inside. I love cutting some magnolia leaves and decorating with them and I use oranges and apples. Don’t forget to put some cloves in the oranges and the smell is wonderful

  4. Amanda Sakovitz December 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I save money for the holidays by using cash back sites and online coupon codes.

    • Melissa Lawrence December 28, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Great ideas Amanda — congrats, you are the winner of this giveaway! Someone will be in touch with you about your prize soon. Happy New Year!

  5. Jeremy December 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I check the store ads in the Sunday paper every week and match those up with my Christmas shopping list.

  6. Lori C December 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I don’t wait till the end of the year to buy Christmas presents. I watch for sales throughout the year for gifts I know my family will like.

  7. sharon December 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I find it easiest to do my holiday shopping online where I can compare sites to find the best prices. Free shipping is always a plus!

  8. NonnaHalcomb December 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    We make homemade treats for everyone then pack them in Glad containers hand decorated with colorful sharpie markers.
    Our treat list:
    Chocolate dipped pretzels (white & dark)
    Butterfinger cookies (super easy recipe, yes I will share if asked)
    Gingerbread cookies
    Sugar cookies
    Cocoa dusted chex mix

  9. Karen Medlin December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Have a budget each month and we put a fixed amount back each month. I try to find bargains during the years,by checking out the clearance isles and putting gifts back, so there is no rush

  10. Jill December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    I shop at thrift stores for little things I need to add that extra touch.

  11. Shelley December 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I do a lot of shopping online (almost all of it) and we usually have finger foods for meals. Everyone has so many places to go and ours is the last so we keep it light and we ask everyone to bring something. For decorations, I love candles and of course our tree

    • Melissa Lawrence December 23, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Hi Shelley, I love simple candles too and nice idea with the finger foods, what sorts do you make?

  12. Melissa Lawrence December 28, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    The winner of this giveaway is Amanda — thank you all for your comments and great tips! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday celebrations. XO.