Let’s be real, when hosting an event a big chunk of change is typically spent on booze. It’s the right thing to do right? You don’t want people buying their own drinks because that’s embarrassing… Forgive me but I disagree. Certain events yes, you should be paying for a big chunk of booze but not necessarily all of it because a) the drinking culture in Australia is changing and we are more interested in a few quality drinks, instead of writing ourselves off on the house red and b) some people are just fussy drinkers and will pay top dollar for the dry martini, shaken not stirred. So tip number one, consider your audience because your hard earned $$$$ may be better spent elsewhere.
Every year I feel the pressure gets more and more and any rules or regulations around family spending habits go out the window. I understand the importance and beauty in gift giving but every product you buy has a story… Some a happy story and some a sad story and this is more often then not forgotten in the haste to get the best present or the cheapest present.