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How to cut party food expenses

india Updated: Dec 25, 2010 12:42 IST
Brunch time

It's Christmas today and it's time to party hard! But partying also involves extra expenditure which can be a little tight on your pocket. Fret not! We're giving you some tips on how to cut down party expenses.

Brunch time:

Forget dinner parties and instead serve brunch. That time between breakfast and lunch is great for serving food as the menu options are so much cheaper and easy to make (i.e. Eggs Benedict — just eggs and muffins).

Sample some:

This is a new spin on the classic BYOB (bring your own beer) bash. Instead of beer, ask each guest to bring one bottle of wine (vino) or cheese to share at your party.

Bite-sized bash:

Bite-sized desserts are all the rage — with shrinking budgets and growing health awareness, who wants a whole pie anyways? Translate this trend into entertaining by baking or buying one or two entire cakes or pies and cutting them into small sample sized bites.

Beer Wait and buy:

Wait as long as possible to buy table centerpieces like ham or turkey. Grocers tend to mark meat prices down as it gets closer to big holidays.

Shop with a list:

Impulse purchases are a no-no when shopping on a budget. Always go grocery shopping prepared with a list. Don’t shop on an empty stomach, as you may fill your trolley with impulse purchases.