Do you have any ideas for saving money on Christmas entertaining?

For the first time in 13 years my family is STAYING HOME!!! I love this idea, but it is becoming expensive since all the relatives are coming here. (Uff da) We are hosting 3 separate Christmas dinners - I'm running out of ideas of what to serve, and getting a little low on cash, not to mention time. Any ideas that have worked for you? Oh, and did I mention these folks are staying with us for at least 2 days at a time? Any help is appreciated!

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:39 PM on Dec. 9, 2008 in Holidays

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  • OH you poor baby!! I feel for you--(I sure hope you get along with your in-laws!!) WOW three dinners?
    Al I can think of is a nice beef roast with mashed potatoes and veggies, dinner rolls(homemade or store-bought-relatively cheap) and a nice dessert, like choc. cake or brownies & ice cream. Then maybe something not-so-traditional, like a taco bar, or sloppy joes and sides, again with a nice dessert, and maybe a lasagna dinner, (depending on how many you'll be feeding) garlic bread and salad bar,, Jello for dessert? Sorry those are the only things that came to mind.
    Aprilmorgans

    Answer by Aprilmorgans at 7:54 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • My friend told me that she asks family members to bring something. I think this would work. Like you could make a turkey- goes a long way. Mashed pot. and salad fixins. The rest assign or ask what they want to bring.
    lovewing

    Answer by lovewing at 12:56 AM on Dec. 10, 2008

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  • Left-overs work fine too.
    lovewing

    Answer by lovewing at 12:57 AM on Dec. 10, 2008

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  • You certainly need to ask for help from all the relatives. When we go to my parent's for Thanksgiving we always go grocery shopping when we get there. My mother and I plan our meals and then go shopping. I help with all the cooking and clean up too. Don't be afraid to ask people to do this. Let them know in advance what you want them to provide. I'm sure no one will mind chipping in. My mother and I look forward to the shopping and cooking together every year. 2 years ago my brother came too and it was all three of us. We had a ball!
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 12:06 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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  • My dad always does roast beef sandwiches and baked ziti for Christmas. It's cheap and easy! (Make sure you ask for the au jus for the roast beef and pour it in the crockpot, add the beef and set on low. Warm and delicious!) Maybe do an appetizer meal with easy dips, like taco or crab. Desserts are pretty easy to do. Rocky Road candy is cheap and easy and it makes a ton. PM me if you want any cheap, easy recipes.
    jillmw

    Answer by jillmw at 1:56 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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  • Do a couple of casual meals and then one grand meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas (whichever one is more important to you or has more people comping). Casual - chicken (saw a great recipe on Allrecipes yesterday) in the crockpot or something similar. Maybe even a grilled meal if you live in a warmer climate. And then of course ham or turkey for the big one!

    Snacks - typical stuff, raw veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, chips, cookies

    Sides- potatoes, veggies, etc.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:55 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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    sammiemommy

    Answer by sammiemommy at 7:55 AM on Dec. 11, 2008

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  • Have potluck and request that they buy their own breakfast and lunches for the 2 days. We do this and nobody seems to have a problem with it. Then again we have 5 kids and nobody really expects us to supply 2-3 days worth of food.I am doing Christmas and Kwanzaa. We are doing ham, corn, mashed potatoes, pepermint cheesecake, and peprmint chocolate cupcakes for Christmas. Then Kwanzaa we are doing Beeef Wellington, rolls, masked potatoes, corn, gravy, peprmint trifle, sweet potatoe pie
    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 2:08 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

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