4 Tips to WOW dinner guests without breaking the bank


Impressing your guests over the dinner table should never have to break the bank. Pop into Habitat for Humanity’s local ReStore and save up to 70 per cent on home décor while also helping families access affordable homeownership.

As a bonus, if you shop at Habitat’s ReStore between October 17 and October 31, Swiffer will donate $1 to Habitat for every transaction to celebrate ReStore’s 25th anniversary! As well, you’ll get a free Swiffer Duster, while supplies last.

To make your dining room look like a million bucks without the million bucks, event planner Lynda Paylan says it’s all about getting creative. “Let your personality shine when you choose your decorations. Use whatever inspires you!”

She says it doesn’t matter if you spend $5 or $500 on decorations — what’s important is that the space feels warm and inviting, just like you. Follow her four top tips for entertaining on a budget.

1. Keep it classic: Always opt for white candles to add a bit of sparkle. They’re available everywhere and you can use them all year round. Just make sure they’re unscented: “You don’t want your decorations competing with the aroma of the delicious meal you just prepared,” Paylan explains.

2. Fresh flowers: Drop into your corner flower shop to get great deals on seasonal bouquets. Not only does a fresh bouquet work as a gorgeous centerpiece; it also adds a pop of colour to your entertaining space.

3. Eclectic adds interest: Use different sizes and shapes of containers, vases and any décor items that catch your eye to add visual interest. Get a great deal by shopping at local stores you may not initially think of, like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores that sell new and gently used furniture, building materials, household and décor items and more at about 50 to 80 per cent off retail value. Discover new-to-you treasures that’ll make perfect conversation pieces.

4. Let whatever just came out of the oven do the talking: Serve a family-style meal in quality dinnerware that lasts longer and will save you money in the long run. Pick a classic shape and colour and you won’t have to worry about it ever going out of style.

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