New Years Eve Budget Party Ideas– $50 Menu Planning
The Chief Blonde’s Wedding Anniversary is New Year’s Eve
Walt and my wedding anniversary is New Year’s eve. We had a big party and then were married at the stroke of midnight. We were married in a historic hotel in a town near us. George Bush Sr, his wife Barbara and some of his staff actually had dinner in the same room where we were married! It was a beautiful evening.
As a result, all of our friends expect us to have a New Year’s eve party every year! While we are happy to oblige it does get very expensive. Even if you ask them bring a dish to pass and some of their own alcohol…as the hosts we still try to have some main dishes, appetizers, beer, wine, pop, coffee, and champagne on hand. With party hats, decorations, ice and other party extras..you can quickly get yourself up to a $200-300 party! Whew…that’s just not possible this year with 4 kids in college! So…
When Aldi’s challenged us to take a look at their new line-up of award winning international exclusive wines and their other party food to pair with it…I was excited but never imagined we could get enough food and drink to easily entertain all of our friends for New Year’s eve for a mere $50. Take a look at all we were able to obtain for $50 and get some New Years eve budget Party ideas of your own:
New Years Eve Budget Party Ideas $50 Aldi’s Menu Planning:
1. Walker Napa Valley Red Wine-California– 2011 World Value Wine Competition Score: 88 points, Silver medal. Tastes of blackberry, black pepper, raspberry, dark cherry and vanilla lend itself to a blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. $7.99
2. Burlwood Merlot $4.99
3. Vina Decana Tempranillo–Spain– 2011 World Value Wine Competition Score: 88 Points, Silver Medal. Wine has a pleasingly dry taste composed of notes of red cherries, vanilla and finishing with subtle hints of oak. $4.99
4. Gonafalone Chianti (Italy) — Italy –2011 World Value Wine Competiton Score: 85 Points Pronounced ruby color, brilliant bouquet and dry! Well rounded flavor. $5.99
5. Hand rolled Blueberry and Goat Cheese Log– $2.99 (oh my goodness, I would have paid $10 for this…just scrumptious)
6. Brie Cheese Round — $2.99
7. X-Sharp White Cheddar–$2.69 (Once again, a product far that would sell for at least double in a gourmet store!)
8. Saltines — $.89
9. Black Pepper — $1.99
10. Thin Spaghetti — $.99
11. Holiday Tortilla Chips–$1.49
12. Wernsesgruner Beer — $5.99
13. Barbecue Kettle Chips — $1.99 (These chips were every bit as good as competitive chips and were half the price..really really yummy!)
14. Skim Milk — $2.29
15. Ground Black Pepper — $1.99
16. 6 in 1 Holiday Sprinkles–$2.99
Grand Total $53.65!!!!
Can you say Wow!
The Chief Blonde choosing among wines from Aldi’s Line up of Award Winning International Wines
The Chief Blonde Remarks: I was simply shocked at the line up of Award Winning International Wines that Aldi has available for this holiday season. I normally shop at Costco for Value wines where I consider a value wine a bottle priced under $10! Most of the Aldi Wines were priced at $4.99 with a few priced slightly above at $7.99! I really enjoyed all the wines I tried, you will note I chose all reds! My hands down favorites were Burlwood Merlot at $4.99 and the the Gonafalone Chianti (Italy). I would have never of guessed the Chianti was such an affordable wine at a mere $5.99…my guess for this wine would have been $12.99 or above. It was rich, full bodied and enjoyable! I will be back for more. Just as shocking was the value that I obtained for my $50 when shopping at Aldi. As you can see, I found everything I needed to make a lovely cheese pasta, appetizers of chips and cheese, and wine and beer to go with it! Now, I know I can have my friends and family over to celebrate New Year’s eve and our Anniversary and not break the bank! What Fun! Find out more about the fine award winning wines by visiting Aldi’s!
The Chief Blonde chooses Gonafalone Chianti (Italy) $5.99
Are you on a tight Budget this New Year’s Eve? Would you try Aldi’s Value award winning wines?
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.”
Margot C says
How very cute that you got married on New Year’s Eve! I like your budget party too. Here in LA we have amazing budget stores that are always stocked with exotic cracker choices that it seems that no one wants but me. So, I can do better than your saltines. I also make use of puff pastry that I always have in my freezer (so I just count it’s cost as zero – ha!). You can just cut that stuff up any which way and put anything from tiny sausages to fruits in it and make little puff things.
Sarah L says
That’s a great budget party pack. I haven’t thrown a party in years.
Cynthia R says
I have been meaning to check out Aldi’s. Everyone I know who shops there loves it.
Riki Leavitt says
I LOVE ALDI. They’re opening another location near me and I’m so excited that I won’t have to drive across town anymore. I love their cheeses, Mexican ice cream bars (try the mango and the coconut flavors!), and their organic items. I bought my Easter ham there last year and was very happy.
Sherry Compton says
I will have to think of Aldi’s next time I’m buying wine. My box goes there for her beer. Isn’t it funny that you really wouldn’t think it’d be that good a place for a wide selection of liquor. You bought quite a list of things. They can have some really good things at reasonable prices. Anything special you like to get there today?
Amber Ludwig says
Love Aldi’s!! Id shop for any and every party there!! Great deals and great new organic lines of products too!!
What a fun time to get married! 🙂 You looked lovely! And looked at that review too with all the yummy’s involved! Thank you sweetie!
love the picture of the two of you! happy anniversary… we celebrated our 37th on the 29th of december(was i 12 when i got married)??? lol polly~.
That is a great deal, we don’t have any Aldi’s here. :/
I love Aldi’s, however I live in Pennsylvania… and you can’t buy wine/beer/alcohol of any sort in the Supermarket. I thought this was the norm up until I as about 19! Now I’m 27 and definitely annoyed by this law. HMPH.
Wow! We have this store nearby!! I will have to check it out. Thank you so much!
Elizabeth Bubel says
you did a great job i wish we had that store here i would follow what you got I still have no idea what im going to get
Danielle S says
Aldi’s really has some great bargains. Too bad they don’t have any stores in California.
yeah, it’s pretty incredible. I was surprised. Merry Christmas Danielle! The Chief Blonde!