Plan your budget-friendly party.

Holiday Table
Thomas J. Story

It’s the merriest time of the year. There are drinks to drink, festive food to eat, gifts to give and unwrap, friends and family to hug, holiday movies to watch, and so much more. You’re probably deep in planning mode right now, and if you’re planning a gathering this year, you know it can be quite the undertaking. You have to make the guest list, plan the menu, decorate, prep or order the food and drinks, etc. Add to all of that, prices for many of the supplies and goods you’ll need for holiday entertaining are more expensive this year.

Fortunately, there are smart ways you can plan and shop so your holiday parties can still be merry and bright, but without the high price tag. One thing to do is take stock of the entertaining essentials you need but already have—like serving platters, glassware, plates, decorations, etc. so you don’t have to over-buy. After you do that, you can make a list of things you do need for your gathering and then shop around for deals. A place that never disappoints with affordable entertaining buys? Amazon (are you surprised?). You can find just about everything you need for your party there and at good prices, too. And that fast and free shipping is a big bonus if you’re a Prime member.

We’ve compiled a list of some notable finds from the retailer that will work for your holiday parties (and beyond). Happy hosting!

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