Nov 06 2008

Host a holiday party on a Grinch budget

Published by at 6:44 PM under News and Trends,Savvy Sip Tips

AIG set the gold standard for what not to do. At the other end of the spectrum, Viacom, Hearst and Marc Jacobs are not doing anything on par with past holiday celebrations this season.

But there’s room for a little festive, tastefully decorated middle ground despite a grim economy and a budget tighter than those pants after Thanksgiving.

The string quartet may be out, but chances are someone in your crowd has a little Vivaldi on his or her iPod. Better yet, some Gloria Gaynor. (“I Will Survive” is so fitting now, don’t you think?)

And while a professional photographer may not be in the picture this year, surely your guests armed with disposable cameras can capture at least one shot of the guy with the lampshade on his head.

Just Grapes has your back, too. They’re offering a Recession Relief Event Package. For just $30 per person (including tax and tip), you get a tasting of six hand-picked value wines, a gourmet imported and domestic cheese platter and a wine guide to conduct an educational overview of each wine, which will be served in oh-so-classy Riedel crystal glassware. They’ll host your 90-minute shindig in their Wine Cellar. You don’t even have to clean the bathrooms or buy the paper plates for this party. You get the bling to ring in the holiday season at 56 percent off the regular price.

You have to invite a minimum of 12 guests. (But you have way more friends or coworkers than that, right?) And you have to book your event by November 28, 2008. I recommend doing so right now, so you can get the date of your choice. Call Maggie Smith at 312-627-9463 or send her an email.

If you decide to cancel after all and face the wrath of your friends and associates, just be sure to do so at least seven days in advance. And this deal is so great that it’s not valid with any other promotions or coupons. For more information, check out the Private Event Services page.

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