PSA: It’s possible to be the host with the most, and stick to your budget this festive season. Here’s how.
The festive season can be tough on your wallet. It’s school holidays, and you need to keep the kids busy. It’s the season of gift-giving, and a time for getting all your loved ones together under one roof. Don’t let the expense put you off having those special gatherings – with these tips you can be a great host, without breaking the bank. With the added help of an RCS Credit Card for anything you may need, you can make it a memorable time for all.
- START YOUR OWN POTLUCK CLUB
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. It gives your guests a chance to show off their cooking skills – especially that one aunt who claims she makes the best four-bean salad in the world!
Another idea is to set a fun theme for the meal – such as Mexican cuisine – and ask everyone to bring a dish. People will love getting into the spirit of something new. Then there’s the good ol’ South African favourite – the bring-and-braai around a Cadac Braai Mate 3 Burner (R3 990, Builders)! Impress your guests with your best selection of salads and breads, but ask them to bring their own meat.
- SWITCH UP THE TIME OF DAY
Bear in mind that you don’t have to stick to the traditional dinner or lunch for your gatherings. Consider hosting a brunch or teatime event. Guests won’t come expecting a full meal, and it will take considerable pressure off of you.
- KARAOKE FUN FOR ALL
If you’re looking to give your guests an evening to remember, you may have already considered adding entertainment to the itinerary. A great way to do so without breaking the bank on DJs is with karaoke, which can be enjoyed by the young and old. The Singing Machine Karaoke System with Bluetooth (R1 299, Loot) comes complete with a flashing disco-light effect, and offers wireless audio streaming.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH DÉCOR
Small touches can set the mood. If it’s an evening affair, go wild with cheap and cheerful candles, and pick a great soundtrack to get everyone in the spirit. 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.
- 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, less healthy drinks such as sodas.
GET AN RCS CREDIT CARD AND START HOSTING TODAY
Get all your loved ones together and be the host with the most without breaking a sweat. Swipe your RCS Credit Card to pick up everything you need, with 6 months interest free on balance transfers, so don’t delay on making those memories.
* Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.