I don’t often do a lot of hosting of parties. Even for the kids birthday parties I prefer to farm out the details to a local park, theater, or bowling alley. However in the past couple of years we have become the gathering place for the family Christmas dinner. I must say I’m loving the change and it gives me a chance to brush up on my hosting skills. Thanksgiving is traditionally held at my sisters house. Her in-laws are local so it is easier for my mother and my family to just head on over to her house and her in-laws do the same. This way we have one big Thanksgiving dinner and my sister and brother-in-law don’t have to worry about splitting their time. Besides holiday parties and dinners shouldn’t be about anything other than family.
Hosting a dinner or party of any kind can be rather expensive. In fact, my sister usually cooks two turkeys. One is the traditional oven baked turkey and the other one is smoked. This is why each year we usually all chip in and bring food. I usually bring the rolls and green bean casserole, my mother brings a dish, as does her mother-in-law and other family members. This really takes the financial burden off my sister. According to the 2013 Discover Holiday Shopping Survey, most consumers plan spend between $100–$299 to host a holiday party. This is a lot to spend when you are usually shopping in other ways for the holidays.
I rarely just buy anything, it drives my family crazy. Shopping online is a great way to research and compare prices, and Discover cardmembers can take advantage of ShopDiscover to earn extra rewards while shopping. Here are some great deals this holiday season whether you are hosting or bringing a holiday treat to the party.
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- Petco, PetSmart —15% Cashback Bonus: When you have a lot of people in the house for a party, the excitement can be stressful on your pet. Surprise your furry loved one with a new toy to help reduce some of the anxiety while guests are in your home.
Next week I will get my casserole together, grab my favorite rolls and maybe even throw in a yummy dessert and head over to my sisters house for some football, family, and great food! My favorite dish? No Thanksgiving is complete without mashed potatoes and my mom’s home made turkey gravy!
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