Sunday, October 19, 2008

Frugal Party Giving

Even the most dazzling events are showing less glitter in these cost_conscious times, says Washington D.C., caterer Bill Holman, who has a few tips for prudent party-givers:

• For centerpieces, create a garden of potted herbs or arrange apples, lemons and other fruits into topiary trees.

• At weddings, instead of the popular bubbly, add wine or vodka to a sparkling soda with strawberries or blueberries.

• Replace lavish bouquets with a single-longstemmed flower.

• And skip the extra dessert: Let them eat cake!

Read more from the AARP Bulletin

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