Fall and Winter hold many of the major holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's.
Celebration often equates to extra money being spent, but if in the face of excessive events, we still use moderation and creativity, we can truly be enjoying the holidays and the people we share it with.
Here are some tips I gleaned from browsing the internet:
PREPARE both your budget and your body for the event. Weigh your options of the different types of party you're committing to.
RESEARCH recipes that are quick, easy and inexpensive. That way, doubling the servings won't hurt your bottomline.
ALLOW for the unexpected. Sometimes, guests will surprise you. So having an "all types of guests" friendly menu can include all. Designate on the invite who are invited so no one assumes otherwise.
YEARN for a great time, not perfection. If you can't keep your eye on your guests to entertain them, your party is a flop.
SIMPLIFY the menu. If you can't remember it, neither will your guests. Also, designate what kind of party so they can attend appropriately.
As I do a lot of FAMILY style SIT DOWN dinner parties, I save time and money by not worrying about extra napkins and cleaning afterwards. I also ask for them to bring something to kick the party off to a great start!
What's your best and economical party tricks?