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Easter Entertaining On a Budget

 

Easter occurs at that time of year when everything is blooming new and fresh, and here in the East coast of the U.S. we begin to venture outdoors once again after a long winter’s hibernation.  The holiday conjures up thoughts of colorful flowers, candy, gift baskets, outdoor games, and a spring feast to celebrate with friends and family. Here are easy Easter entertaining tips with everything from decorations, to tasty meals, to kids games and craft activities to create an abundant Easter celebration without putting a dent in your budget.

Spring Vegetarian Greens & Quinoa Pie – Mary Margaret Chappell, Vegetarian Times Magazine Editor shows easy vegetarian recipe for a dish that’s sure to compliment any Spring table and every guest’s appetite.

Easter Feast, 3-Course, Serve 4, Under $35 – Executive editor of Gourmet Magazine, ”Doc” Willoughby shares a 3-course Easter feast that serves 4 people for under $35. Budget recipes: Spring Greens Salad, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, & Lemon Glazed Butter Cake.

Easter Gift Baskets Going Light - Diet editor and author of Finally Thin, Kim Bensen shares ways to make your Easter gift baskets healthier, kid-friendly, delicious and fun.

The Best Way to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg – We use this technique and it’s hands down the best way to peel hard-boiled eggs –  especially handy when you have several to do.

Easter & Spring Table Decor - Simple budget-friendly Easter or spring decoration ideas for your table & home. These dollar store #DIY’s ideas from Sunday Burquest would also make great favors for guests or hostess gifts too. 

DIY Easter Basket from Recycled Items - A member of the San Diego Craft Mafia, CrafterMeagan Rae shows clever, easy ways to make budget and eco-kind Easter baskets from items you probably already have at home.

Stretch Your Easter Basket Goodies - Fun, healthier and eco-friendly ways to stretch your Easter basket goodies to last all year long. Money saving expert Denise Winston gives budget friendly ideas.

Kids Easter Game - Easy DIY project kids can do using Crayola Model Magic Fusion & plastic eggs to make this fun matching game. Perfect for Easter day – or any day – fun

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Have A Happy New Year’s Eve (on a Budget!)

The perfect way to start saving money is… with a party of course! A New Year’s Eve party is just the ticket to prove to yourself that you can have a fantastic evening, look sensational, eat, drink and be merry, even host an event – and all while staying on budget! These videos give wallet-friendly ways to enjoy and/or host a New Year’s Eve bash so you can go ahead and usher in the New Year with a new “can do” attitude! So, go ahead, celebrate!

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Ideas – Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Editor, Evette Rios, shows Hoda and Kathie Lee ideas to dress up your New Year’s Eve party with quick craft projects and re-purposing holiday decor.

New Year’s Eve Party Comfort Foods on a Budget - Executive chef at New York’s Stanton Social, Chris Santos, shows recipes for budget-friendly comfort party dishes without spending over $80. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders, Potato Skins, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Caesar Bites, Ginger Sparkler Cocktail, Guinness Cake.

New Year’s Eve Party for under $100 - Owner and operator of A Perfect Event, Debi Lilly, gives tips to create a low-cost but elegant New Year’s Eve party using items you may already have on hand.

Inexpensive New Year’s Eve Party Ideas - Bryan Rafanelli, event designer of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, shares his tips for easy ultra-affordable and ultra-fun New Year’s Eve Party ideas that everyone will love (including your wallet).

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Seasonal Crafts From the Kitchen & Yard

Setting a festive mood or bringing excitement into your home to enjoy some seasonal cheer doesn’t require a big wallet or bank account.

Sometimes the mementos everyone appreciates the most are the ones that came right from home, handmade from the little things found right in your backyard or kitchen. Here are some fun, eco-friendly and budget-friendly do-it-yourself craft projects that use and re-use simple materials you may already have on hand so you can bring the outdoors in to appreciate all season long.

How to Make Shrunken-Head Apples - Perfect for Halloween! A festive and seasonal DIY decor idea, that’s fun and easy to create: shrunken heads from apples. Float them in a bowl of punch, mount on sticks or make a garland and display by the front door. The video instructions say to leave them in the sun for several days to dry, but you can also leave them in a 225 – 250-degree oven for 6 – 8 hours or till dried.

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll - Candace from NaturallyEducational.com shows how to make DIY dolls from corn husks in this clip. A charming activity for kids to do. Decorate a wreath with them or string together and drape across a holiday dinner table top or spruce up a doorway.

Squash & Gourd Luminaries, DIY - Candace Give the Season a warm glow with these unique DIY luminaries from nature. How-to in this video from the Holiday Crafts show in the DIY Network hosted by Michele Beschen.

Wax Leaves for Decoration, DIY - Amanda Warford presents a crafty idea to bring the outdoors in.  This clip shows how a simple dipping in wax will preserve leaves to enjoy all winter long. Use them to create mobiles, collages, garlands or wreaths.

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Wallet-Friendly Fourth of July

The Fourth of July…

What’s the perfect holiday for easy fun and easy on your budget, too? As Louise Sacco Reilly, from FrugalYankee.com puts it, “The Fourth of July is a dream holiday for frugal people: no one expects you to bring gifts and the entertainment is free!”

Fireworks, parades, block parties – so much is available for a great celebration, and we here at SpendLessTV.com have brought you tips on how to make the most of this favorite summer holiday with videos full of money-saving and high-style July Fourth party ideas to put you in a festive mood and let your patriotic flags fly!

Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th!

Backyard Getaways and Parties – Martie Duncan, founder of Martie Parties, gives easy and elegant ideas for any budget in this clip.

Watch Fireworks – Right on your computer! It’s safe and free – over two-minutes of nothing but fireworks!

Flowers – Simple & So Elegant – International floral entertaining expert, Biggy Wolff, shows simple and festive ideas – great anytime, even for a July 4th party!

Homerun Summer Parties – Clever baseball-themed party ideas for less – and perfect for a July 4th celebration, too!

Make a July Fourth Piñata - Okay, we admit, we’ve suggested this video in other posts before, but that’s because it’s a really fun idea for ANY celebration – and SO EASY to do! (make at least a day ahead).

Red White and Blue PartyBetter’s shopping expert, Nicole Camarata, gives super pointers to make it great and on a budget!

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20 Big Time (& Budget) Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day… and we’re on it, with videos full of ideas to say you care, and ways to celebrate in warm, cozy, and ultra romantic style, without over-spending or draining your bank account… so go ahead, indulge:

Rich Romantic Times for Less - Relationship expert, Sean Stephenson gives inspiring ideas for a hot date, no matter what your budget, that are sure to “wow” your honey.

Valentine, Impress Your Honey for Little Money - Amy Lewis, DebtFreeAmerica.com

Valentine Gifts for Men Under $50 - David Greg from BehindTheBuy.com shows great ideas for the guys

Valentives DIY Projects, KMBC’s Dion Lim gives easy projects for a big statement but a little price!

Valentine’s Day Card DIY – An easy, fun craft both kids and adults will love doing. Create a woven heart-shapped “packet” to hold a sweet something for your sweetie.

Valentines Pop-Up Card DIY - Create a whimsical heart-to-heart pop-up card – quick and easy.

Valentines Kids Party on Budget - Games, snacks, decorations and crafts from Kit Bennett of AmazingMoms.com

Valentines DIY Kids Projects - Dion Lim, of Dion’s Daily Deals.com, with ideas that kids can create

Street Food Smart! - Treat Your Valentine to an ultra- affordable Gourmet Dinner! Tips from sltv Exclusives Video Contributor, Daniel Delaney, of Vendr.tv

Valentines Dinner: 3-Course Under $35 - Husband and Wife chefs, Lachlan & Allison Patterson (Lachlan was also a contestant on Top Chef Masters & 2008 Best Chef Shouthwest from the James Beard Foundation)

Valentine Bubbly! – Champagne & Sparkling Wines – Epicurious.com tips  to save you money on the bubbly

Valentines DIY Spa Day - Use items right from your kitchen! – Katie Lee on CBS’ The Early Show

Valentine Romantic Look - Professional make-up artist, Michelle Phan, shows romantic make-up how-to steps

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Golden Globes - Looking for a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these GoldenGlobe ’09 inspired fashion-find deals from Nextpert.com trending reporter, Kathleen De Monchy

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Oscars - Want a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these Oscar ’08 inspired fashion-find deals from Kathleen De Monchy

Valentine’s Gift Giving Stages – Stephen Lenz, AOL Shopping consultant,  has tips for any stage of your relationship

Limo’s – How to Get the Best Deal – For that Xtra Special Valentines Night from SeattleTravel.com

Budget-Friendly Rings - Tips on what to watch & watch out for from Summer Krecke, Deputy Editor, WeddingChannel.com

Wedding Rings - What to Consider When Buying a wedding rings, from Tacori.com diamonds.

Frugal Destination Weddings – (what Valentine wouldn’t love that?) Antonia van der Meer, editor-in-chief of Modern Bride Magazine

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Eight Eco-Friendly Happy Holiday Ideas

Have a grand and green holiday season and save money while doing it! These simple pointers will continue to give back for generations to come as they help you protect the earth and protect your loved ones from unnecessary pollution, waste, and toxins… perfect for anyone’s holiday wish lists! Here are classy creative tips that are easy, fun and budget-friendly for greeting cards, gifts, gift wrapping, shipping, dining, and decorating to have the happiest holiday season ever.

Celebrate Eco-Friendly Holidays - Have an eco-friendlier holiday! Parents TV Host, Juli Auclair, speaks to the authors of  Celebrate Green Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson, about wrapping paper, lights, decorations, table settings, ornaments & gifts.

Creative Recycled Wrapping –  Eco friendly ideas to personalize your gift wrapping using recycled materials, and that vintage creative print decorating staple, the potato, from Threadbanger.

Eco Chic Gift Wrap & Packaging Ideas – Go creative & go eco when wrapping presents & getting packages ready for shipping. Creative, inexpensive, & practical green tips from Rachel Avalon.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas - 5 Top Eco-friendly and budget-friendly gift ideas from Steffany Boldrini and the creative folks at EcoBold.com.

Eco-Friendly Shipping Package Ideas – Use eco-friendly cushioning & repurpose shipping boxes for your gifts while making them more attractive at the same time! Clever Ideas from TapeSwell decorative tapes.

Green Gifts and Holiday Tips –  Affordable eco-friendly gifts ideas & easy pointers on enjoying a greener holiday dinner as well, from Global Action Plan CEO, Trewin Restorick.

Green Holiday Tips - Owen Bailey from the Sierra Club gives pointers to make the Holidays greener, which may also keep a little more green in your pocket! Tips on trees, lights, & gift wrap.

Repurposed Magazine Tree Centerpiece - Don’t toss old magazines, go green and use them to create elegant holiday centerpiece decorations with this ultra easy eco-friendly DIY craft  idea.

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15 Holiday Entertaining Ideas Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love

15 Holdiay Entertaining Tips Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love.. what more can we say? Happy Holidays!

Gifts, Hostess Gifts, and Party Favors:

Ideas for Hostess Gifts – Ideas for inexpensive gifts that say, “Thank you” to your event hosts, from author of  The Comfort Table, Katie Lee, on CBS The Early Show.

Creative Holiday Gift Giving – Tips from Mahalo.comto keep holiday costs in check with creative gifs, gift wrapping and gift-giving ideas that will keep your budget, your friends and your family all happy

Set Up, Food, Decor, and Party Favors:

Affordable Holiday Celebrations – Create an elegant stylish holiday party to delight your guests from the moment they walk in till they head for home. Affordable entertaining ideas from celebrity stylist Robert Verdi

Turn a Fall Wreath Into Holiday One – Event planner, designer & Celebrations.com expert, Shawn Rabideau, shows how to easily transform your fall wreath into a holiday one for budget-friendly decorating cheer.

Frugal Holiday Decorating – Designer  Debbee Daley specializes in redesign and offers tips for frugal and festive holiday decor from objects that my be in your own backyard.

Holiday Party Fab & Frugal – Holiday entertaining that’s kind to your budget! FabandFru.com creators Brandi Savitt & Stephanie Berenbaum share holiday party tips (mentioned giveaways no longer valid)

Holiday Party Ideas – Entertaining expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has easy festive holiday party tips on food, decor, and favors, that friends and family will enjoy and won’t break your budget.

How To For The Holidays - Evette Rios, Better Homes and Gardens.com contributing Holidays Editor, shows cooking, entertaining & decorating tips on how to do it right, do it better, & do it on a budget this holiday.

Creative Party Decor Ideas – Author of  Food to Flowers & Celebrations.com expert, Lulu Powers on the Nate Berkus Show gives three stress-free, elegant, easy ideas for any budget to entertain with style & brighten your table .

Food:

Mini-Sized Holiday Appetizers - A trio of party appetizer suggestions lets you minimize portion size while maximizing flavor – perfect for holiday entertaining from Jill Davie of Fine Living Network.

Easy Healthier Party Foods - Easy & healthier party treats that won’t break the bank but will make your party a delicious success from nutrition & fitness reporter, Lori Corbin.

Holiday Baked Brie With Figs - You can create this impressive & affordable warm cheese dish for your holiday party using the easy insider tips from Annette Joseph, a food and prop stylist.

Libation:

How to Spot Quality Wine For Under $20 – Buying bargain wine doesn’t necessarily mean cruising the sales bins. Food and Wine editor Ray Isle gives tips and tricks to spot the bottle that tastes expensive, but really is a bargain.

How to Shop For Holiday Wines – Save money with savvy wine shopping secrets from expert, Michael Green of Acker Merrall & Condit in NYC,  the oldest wine shop in the USA. He gives tips for holiday celebrations, dinners, and gift giving.

Signature Party Cocktails – Diana Heather editor of Celebrations.com & Andrea Correale, Entertaining Expert, show how to make two signature cocktails that can be prepared in advance, leaving you with time to enjoy your party!

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No-Cost Easy & Elegant

The little things can make a big luxurious difference!

I’ve seen several articles about decorating on the cheap by using found or recycled items. One of my favorites is to re-use bottles. No matter how they’re arranged, or what you do with them, they alway create an array of delight and elegance.  In this most recent arrangement, two bottles were found buried in my backyard,  one is a re-used water bottle, the other a re-used soda bottle, and all the cuttings were taken from wild plantings (aka: weeds) to create a complete and total 100% free floral arrangement for a lush centerpiece, or entry way welcome.

More no-cost, easy and elegant ideas in these videos:

Freecycling for Free Stuff - Christina Salvi, director of the NY group of Freecycle,org

Free & Fresh Entertaining Decor - Designer, author, tv host, Libby Langdon

Repurpose Those Holiday Cards - 6 Easy ideas to make useful items from any type of card you’ve received

Low to NO Cost Decor Makeovers - 9 Simple and quick tips to instantly spruce up any room from ForRent.com

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