Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Holiday Countdown! 4 Weeks!
Though we still may have a few morsels of Halloween candy left (that mini stash behind the baking soda!), we've moved beyond Halloween and are now in IT, with IT being holiday season. Sure, Thanksgiving arrives first, but it has somewhat morphed into the other holidays thanks to the commercial aspect of, well, everything.
We have four weeks til we flip the calendar to the page that says "December" at the top...and for those of us planning holiday parties that means four weeks til our house is invaded by loved ones and friends for a festive evening. We talked last week a bit about ways to cut costs and stay within our party budget, and one of the main ways to control that element: the food you choose to serve.
-- Have a dessert party. Maybe it's a dessert party or, even better, a cookie party. You make provide the drinks (think coffee or cider and eggnog), the plates, and such, while everyone brings their favorite plate of gingersnaps or apple crumb cake.
-- Throw an afternoon "bowl" party. Use your crockpot and borrow one from your neighbor and fix a few yummy soups and chilies. Having that with some baskets full of bread is a less expensive way to feed your guests than platters of sandwiches.
-- Keep everything bite-sized. That way you don't have to worry about utensils or large plates or where people will sit to cut that bite off.
Share your best party food ideas -- we need receipes if you have 'em!