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Getting Ready for that Holiday Meal? Don’t Miss These 4 Pro Tips for a Delightful Christmas Lunch On A Budget!

Do you love to host friends and family for the holidays? Do you get excited about the all of the deliciousness that comes with baking and making holiday fare? Are you on a shoestring budget but still want to have appetizing, beautiful meals that impress?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then read on to get our four pro tips for making an impressive Christmas lunch on a budget. Who says you have to blow all your money this Christmas? Let’s get started:

Tip #1: Mix the Pre-Made and Homemade

There are many wonderful pre-made foods you can buy that take the cost and hassle out of a holiday lunch. The key is to make it look like you spent all day in the kitchen — but no one needs to know your secret.

Lunches are lighter fare, but for Christmas they still need to be festive and bring in the flavors of the holiday — such as berries, cinnamon, peppermint and cloves.

Mix the pre-made and homemade together: For example, you can bake a small turkey in the oven for Christmas lunch sandwiches, but buy pre-made cranberry sauce and artisan rolls. Have a toppings platter with tomatoes, onions and artisanal lettuces for a fancy way to add color and flavor to the sandwiches. Your dish will look and taste beautiful without costing you everything!

Another idea is to purchase a pre-made rotisserie chicken that you can dress up with carved fruits and vegetables. All you need is a carving tool to turn carrots and apples into miniature, edible flowers. Or, use the pre-cooked chicken to make holiday chicken salad sandwiches. Mix in almonds and berries for the perfect festive lunch.

Tip #2: Bulk Up on the Veggies

Vegetables at Christmas lunch are both economical and beautiful — especially if you display them in a festive way. For example, make a holiday wreath display for a table using broccoli florets, broccolini, cucumbers and asparagus arranged in a ring. Add raspberries to serve as the red accent berries to the wreath. Place dip in a bowl in the center, and continue to replace the veggies as guests graze so that the wreath stays intact.

You can also create a similar look by using cauliflower, carrots and strawberries to create a snowman. One pro trick is to line the center of your table with a decorative platter, chargers or a cloth so that you have a “canvas” to create your holiday veggie-scape. Have fun with it and see what you can come up with. It’s economical and it gives your guests a conversation piece during the lunch.

Tip #3: Collect Ideas as You Go

The only way to truly save on your Christmas lunch is to plan ahead so that you know exactly what you need when you go to the grocery store. Save recipes on your desktop, compile the ingredients you need into one list, and buy items when they are on sale. By having a system in place, you’ll save along the way!

Also, buy as many of the non-perishable foods you’ll need ahead of time. That way you truly can take advantage of sales and save money as you go.

Tip #4: Don’t Forget Dessert

Add a community element to your festive lunch by asking your guests to bring the dessert. Or, ask them to bring sugar cookies — and you provide the decorations. From there, you all can decorate your own cookies to eat or take home. Not only is this fun but it saves you money by asking your guests to contribute something. They won’t mind!

Are You Ready to Impress on a Budget This Christmas?

It’s a fact that most people splurge on food and festivities during the holidays. But that doesn’t always have to be the case — especially for Christmas Day lunch. If you want to impress but don’t have the budget to splurge, then keep these four pro tips handy as you prepare your Christmas Day lunch.

You’ll come away with a lunch that is beautiful, tasty, and doesn’t break the bank. Have other tips for creating a Christmas spread with less? Leave a comment below with your ideas!