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Christmas Party – Budget Is Not A Problem Now!

Updated on December 2, 2013

Parties are for fun

How to Throw a Christmas Party on a Budget

Ever since parties are organized, budget has always been a big problem. Parties are for fun and enjoyment but when you start counting your expenditure it ruins it all. No, I am not saying to waste your money for organising a wonderful party, instead save your money as well as enjoy your party to the fullest. Let me tell you how?

No need to compromise on quality of the food, no need to compromise on your fun as well. Let us discuss the points that will make you think smarter and help you in organizing a budget proof party:

Prefer making food at home

Readymade food can save your time but will add a lot more in your bill. Preparing your own food at home will save a considerable amount of money. Do not select the food items that are time consuming and difficult to prepare. Select food items that are easy to prepare and increase the number of such items. Anything prepared with pastry or bread base will help you to keep your cost down. You do not have to be brand conscious for everything. It is fine to serve things which are good in quality. Branded is not always good. But do not use things with bad quality. The food should be good and should be acceptable by the guests. Some examples of food that you can prepare easily at home include: Crunchy Christmas Crostini, Bacon, sausage & prune rolls, Pea & feta toasts, Mini jacket potatoes.

2. Choose the main food item wisely for your main course

The main course is the major part and it becomes more special if it contains Turkey in it. People are very fond of eating turkey in parties. So it is better to select the bird wisely as it costs a bit high. This bird is known as the most expensive item on the dinner table. The cost varies from $3 per kilo to around $20 per kilo. If you search for more the cheapest you would get will be $12 for 4kgs. If you search for more you will get more options depending upon your budget.

It would be better if you select Kelly Bronze turkey for your party. I tasted it and I found that it yield more meat per kilo than any other turkey. It also gives you more flavour and meat. It provides you with more flavoursome juices to be added in the gravy.

Buying a smaller bird or a larger bird?

If you are done with your menu and have decided what all you are going to cook then decide the size of the turkey you want to buy. I you are preparing dishes in which you have to add turkey meat then it is better to but a larger bird. This is economical to buy a larger bird than to buy per kilo. You can use the meat wherever you feel it is required and can even prepare something that you were finding difficult to make.

However, if you think that you would be left with the leftovers then it is better to buy a small sized Turkey. Plan your meals and decide how much do you require. After you are done with all your measurements then go for the final purchase.

Give a chance to organic food

It is simply a myth that organic foods are expensive. It is not necessary that organic food will always be expensive. In fact organic food stuff is highly nutritious and is good for your body. Seasonal food as produced from Riverford; it comes directly from farm. So this means that there would be no added transportation cost and no extra expenditures. This will actually save your money and will add up to your vegetables for making it a memorable Christmas dinner. Some shops even offer you free hoe delivery. You can go and buy the organic products or you can order them. Organic food is considered as the best source of nutrition. It works as a tasty and good food ingredient for preparing your dinner.

Prepare your Christmas cake by your own

You can find plain Christmas cakes at very cheap rates but plain cakes do not look good for a party occasion. You have two options. You can either prepare a complete cake by your own or you can buy a plain cake from the market and can do icing over it. Decorative cakes in the market will cost you a bit high but if you decide to decorate your cake by your own then it would be much cheaper. Decorating your cake yourself is a good option because you can make your cake look the way you want. You do not have to select the designs nor have you to sacrifice for the designs already present at the pastry shop. When you decorate your cake yourself, make the most of your creativity and show your friends your hidden talent.

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      Ashima 3 years ago

      Really helpful tips. I will definitely try this Christmas and will organize a budget prof party for my family and friends. Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice tips on planning a party on a budget! It can be done. Sharing this hub!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great tips. I love making my own cookies and cakes during christmas. As for the chicken, just buy a whole chicken and roast it like a turkey.