Throw a Holiday Party on a Budget
Budget meal for 12
Confetti Pasta With Shrimp ($38): Stretch your budget by halving each shrimp lengthwise, which gives them a corkscrew shape when they cook. For 12 guests, use 3 pounds of shrimp, 1 1/2 pounds of pasta tossed in olive oil, a bag of frozen peas, chopped sweet peppers and chopped fresh herbs.
Fresh Mixed Greens With Cranberries ($17): Combine two bagged salad mixes with crumbled goat cheese, slivered almonds and dried cranberries.