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One of the last extravagant soirees I attended before the economy hit the fan was my husband’s work Christmas party several years ago. The company hired a decorator and a caterer to the tune of $10,000 and provided handsome goody bags to the employees. My husband and I enjoyed the party, but we were rather shocked by the excessive cost. We were downright furious three months later when the company laid off over half its workforce.
Things are simpler now. The last holiday work party I attended was a potluck function at my husband’s office. There were no gift boxes or elaborate catered meals. Instead, we were all grateful to be employed and happy to share a meal together. What a change in perspective!
In terms of personal entertaining, my husband and I have always preferred simple, which translates to “cheap,” over elaborate and expensive. We love spending time with friends and family in the kitchen, cooking up a favorite meal, and we usually entertain at least once a week. Read on for some of our budget-friendly tips for hosting a great party:
Perhaps the most important part of entertaining is the spirit you bring to it. When my husband and I were poor, starving students, we were friends with another couple who were even poorer than we. In spite of their lack of funds, our friends frequently threw fabulous parties. Everyone brought something to eat and we crowded in their tiny kitchen to laugh and visit together. What our friends lacked in money or style, they made up for in gracious hospitality and warmth, which is, after all, what entertaining is all about.
Karen Ho Fatt is an award-winning interior designer living in the Canadian countryside. She manages familyfirepit.com, where you can find a fire pit set with chairs and many more fire furnishings so that you can entertain at home comfortably any time of year.
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