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Holiday Dinner: What’s Your Budget?

HOLIDAY DISHES What's Your Budget? Whether you're a college student watching every penny or a seasoned executive with a generous end-of-the-year bonus to burn, one thing people in all stations of life enjoy is entertaining friends and family during the holidays. AND THE BRILLIANT THING ABOUT HOLIDAY MEALS IS THAT CREATIVITY GOES A LOT FURTHER THAN BUDGET WHEN CREATING A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. THAT MEANS THERE'S A MENU FOR ALL BANK ACCOUNTS! We're here to give you ideas on just how easy it is to elegantly feed for cheap . or go all out. (Tip: This guide can be switched up for "medium" budgets as well If you'd like to do a high-low mix, feel free to spend more on your favorite course and less on others.) Budget Upscale APPETIZERS This is one of the easier areas in which to save some coin. Check local grocery Impress your guests by incorporating pricier meats or seafood into your recipes. You could try a classic presentation of jumbo shrimp, assorted sushi or stores for interesting cheeses, artisan crackers and winter fruit. Or stretch the ingredients you have on hand by making a big pot of chili or soup. Try flavoring with some amazing Beef Tenderloin With Fig and Goat Cheese. exotic but reasonably priced condiments or spices, such as cumin or Sriracha. COCKTAIL Disguise less-than-top-shelf liquors with creative mixers. Try an Apple Cider Cocktail, in which the rich fruit and cinnamon flavors take center stage. If you've got some money to spare, this the category where simplicity rules. Buy the best wine or champagne you can afford and serve it straight. ENTREE If you're not pinching pennies, go ahead and find yourself a big old beautiful turkey bird to stuff to your heart's Skip the more expensive meats, such as roasts and whole turkeys, and concentrate on the budget-friendly chicken, which is content. Or buck tradition and serve steak: prime rib or filet mignon (we're sure your guests will not complain!). amenable to literally hundreds of creative treatments. DESSERT Desserts are easy to make on a If your budget is unlimited, serve a large variety of sweets including; fine chocolates and miniature tarts or cakes. Any dessert is so much better with an after-dinner drink. If you can afford, a very fine cognac or sherry, the richest French or Kona coffee, or a beautiful sparkling wine, all the better! budget, especially if you keep them simple – try a selection of dark chocolates, fruit with whipped cream or a classic pumpkin pie. TABLESCAPE Present a classic and formal Festive tablescape with all the fancy crystal, silverware and fine china you own. Now is the time to show off your most Ideas are unlimited for fun and inexpensive table décor. Rustic is in for autumn, so run with that idea! Put the kids to work spray-painting gathered branches and leaves (try gold or silver paint!). Create an arrangement from miniature pumpkins beautiful pieces, whether they are new or heirloom items in your collection. or squash. Or simply fill a basket with an abundance of colorful fruit. Source:

Holiday Dinner: What’s Your Budget?

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Whether you’re on a beer budget or a champagne one, we’re sharing all our tips and tricks for enjoying the holiday season in style. We have got you covered from appetizers and cocktails to decorat...


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