Niagara Gazette


December 11, 2008

EXTRA: Ringing in the New Year on a budget


— Consider a progressive dinner.

Assign each house a name of a country and a course, says Sarah Taylor of Rogers & Gala Creative Partners. For example, French dessert and Chamborde at the Smiths'.

— Have a dessert potluck.

"It can all be sweet and delicious," says Gallant.

— Skip the champagne.

Franciacorta, a sparkling wine from Lombardy, is an affordable alternative, says Saurabh Abrol, president of, an online retailer. "It's as complex and sophisticated — at half the price," he says.

— BYO Bottle

Guests are in charge of inventing their own specialty drink recipe and bringing the ingredients, says Taylor. "As a thank you, compile all of the recipes in a book and send to all of your guests," she says.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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