Party planning tips that will help you throw a party that both your guests and your wallet will love

Party Planning for Pennies

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Party Food Planning

TDS Reader Solutions

Planning a holiday party can be stressful, especially making sure there is enough food and drinks for the guests. TDS readers share their tips on how to plan accordingly.

Catering On the Cheap

Debra Karplus

It's time to plan a party. And what's a party without food? But with your job and other responsibilities, who has time to be preparing cuisine for 20 or 40 or 100 of your closest friends and relatives? It might be time to explore the option of catering.

17 Easy Holiday Party Tips

Shaunna Privratsky

Holiday parties are festive and fun and bring together friends and families. But hosting one can become a nightmare. From the decorations to the last goodbye, there are so many things that can go awry; it is enough to make you pull a Scrooge and order takeout the entire holiday season. Put down that phone! Here are some easy holiday party tips for a perfect party that you can enjoy along with your guests.

6 Ways to Throw a Great Party for Less


Getting together with friends to fete the New Year or cheer on your Super Bowl favorite doesn't mean choosing between chips and dip or bankruptcy. Instead, with a little ingenuity -- and some help from a handful of party pros -- you can host a great gathering for a lot less money than you'd think. Here are six ideas to make it easy, affordable and stress-free.

DIY Catering

Leanne Ely, CNC

5 tips on stress-free catering.

Throwing a Great Party for Less

Sunday Oliver

Parties are great fun, but they can run you some money. Here are some ways to vary the party theme so you don't end with a financial hangover.

Planning Party Platters

TDS Reader Solutions

How much food should you plan per person?

Out-of-Town Visitors

TDS Reader Solutions

"A couple of times a year, extended family comes to visit. We have sleeping room for all of them, but feeding and entertaining a crew can get expensive. Can you ask your readers: How do you keep expenses down while entertaining houseguests?"

Parties Without Panic

Deborah Taylor-Hough

Hosting a party doesn't need to be an event just for holidays. Maybe you and your guests would enjoy a big Mexican-themed celebration for Cinco de Mayo or a brunch on the Fourth of July before going to the local festivals or parades. If you've planned ahead carefully and done much of your party preparations in advance, you'll save money by not being surprised by last minute hidden expenses which tend to accumulate quickly without a definite plan detailed ahead of time.

Gourmet Holidays: How to Plan Your Party

Liz Tarditi

Some tips from a professional caterer and chef can really help you keep your sanity and improve your holiday entertaining this year. Here are some party planning basics, like estimating the amount of food and beverages you need, keeping within a budget, and a few common sense things that you should always have at your party, no matter how small your budget is.

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Gourmet Holidays: Buffets

Liz Tarditi

Here are some inside secrets of how high-end hotels and caterers set up, arrange, and organize their buffets so that they seem expensive, but keep the overall costs low. You don't have to have ten tables of food and a carving station to take advantage of the common sense solutions that are widely used in the industry.

Party Planning on a Budget

Patty Sachs

The challenge with party budgets is to distribute your precious dollars in ways that will create the most meaningful and lasting impact upon your guests. These tips will help you do just that.

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Sports Banquet Centerpieces

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"We need some ideas for centerpieces for our tables for a sports banquet. Do you have any dollar stretcher ideas?"

$mashing Parties on a Budget

Doris Dobkins

Anyone can host a smashing party. You don't have to spend a lot of money. The key to a great party is creativity. If you utilize some of these tips, your party can still be the talk of the town for less.

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