Although the festive season has rolled around once again, reconnecting with loved ones looks a little different this year.
For one, it’s our responsibility to now socialise in a more safer way, keeping our circle small and intimate to limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition to this, many of us have felt the financial brunt of the global pandemic through loss of income, either in the form of salary cuts or retrenchments. Whatever your financial situation, you can still celebrate the festive season with your inner circle in a financially savvy and socially responsible way while practicing all COVID-19 safety measures.
Here are our top tips on making memories with your loved ones at home, without breaking the bank – and if you need a little extra help, you can buy* the groceries you need for an RCS Store Card and get up to 55 days interest free** on each purchase.
HOST YOUR OWN POTLUCK CLUB
Potluck Clubs and bring-and-braais have always been a regular social activity, and with everyone feeling the COVID-19 crunch, they’re now even more commonplace.
Luckily, guests are often more than happy to contribute to the meal, and there are plenty of ways to turn this into a fun event. Offer to cook the turkey or roast, then ask everyone to bring their favourite sides or even a dessert. It offers variety and gives your guests a chance to show off their cooking skills.
The most frequented festive favourite is a good ol’ braai – and with good reason! It’s social, easy, informal and always festive. Fire up the M-Kettle Trolley Braai (R1450, Builders) and whip up your best selection of salads and breads (this oh-so-delicious no knead Roast Garlic bread is sure to be a winner). Everyone just has to bring their own meat and drinks.
SWITCH UP THE TIME OF DAY
Remember that you don’t have to stick to the traditional dinner or lunch for your gatherings. Consider hosting a brunch or teatime event, as guests won’t come expecting a full meal. Less admin and pressure, more good times! Sweeten the deal with adorable iced cupcakes (9 for R34,99 from Checkers).
MAKE USE OF YOUR GARDEN/PATIO
Keep a good distance and take advantage of patio/garden areas to make sure that everyone is not cooped up in a small space. Decorate these areas with sweet touches to set the mood. If you’re hosting in the evening, go wild with cheap and cheerful candles that you can spread out in the garden on a warm summer’s night. Have an outdoor table with your delicious festive spread where people can snack, or dish and circulate. Party supply stores – like The Crazy Store – have a great selection of affordable décor options, so you can get some themed napkins and balloons as finishing touches. Get an eye-catching tablecloth from Pep to brighten up the garden.
OFFER AN ASSORTMENT OF PITCHER DRINKS
The perks of our festive season taking place in summer is the array of delicious seasonal fruit on offer. These can be used as flavours for refreshing pitcher drinks you can make at home, which go a long way when serving a bigger group of people, instead of expensive drinks such as sodas. Brighten them up with delicious fresh strawberries, mint and cucumber.
STOCK UP ON INGREDIENTS WITH YOUR RCS STORE CARD
Get your inner circle together and be the host with the most, without breaking the bank. Swipe your RCS Store Card to pick up everything you need with up to 55 days interest free** on your purchases.
*Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.
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