Holiday Entertaining on a Budget ~ Easy Entertaining with Lidl ~ Party Ideas ~ Noreen’s Kitch

Today I’m excited to do this video for you, we are going to cover holiday entertaining on a budget and We’re gonna do it with the help of our friends at new Lidl I was excited to be contacted by them because they saw my haul video And they asked if they could send me a gift card And so I thought I’m totally going to do a holiday video on how to entertain on a budget, and that’s what we’re doing today Yesterday we went over to the Lidl in Havelock, which is the next town over which is the closest one to us? and we bought these three bags of groceries now Lidl is very similar to Aldi if you are not familiar with them so with what we Have in these three bags of groceries. I’m gonna show you how to put out an amazing party spread that’s complete with a cheese board a char kutari tray some sweets some nibbles and some notches and all for Just over a hundred dollars legal is very generous and they sent me a gift card for a hundred dollars and With tax and everything it was a hundred and nine so we’re gonna go and we’re gonna we’re gonna start making our Party right here right now, okay? The first thing we want to do is put a tablecloth on I picked this up at legal this tablecloth was 349 I really like it because it’s like super heavy, and it’s not like those cheap and cheesy Tablecloths, so we’re just gonna put the tablecloth on Okay, I unpack the grocery bags Just so you could see everything that we picked up at legal for our little our little party spread and I’m just gonna go over it really quick because I’m gonna also show you how to build a small charcuterie tray and for those of You don’t know what that means It’s a cured meat tray and I’m gonna show you how to make a quick cheese board with a couple of tips and tricks and a couple of rules and We started with the tablecloth we got that all put down this tablecloth is really nice quality And it’s gonna last me the holiday season and probably beyond If you guys like to have a pretty and festive table covering this was really nice And it’s a little bit different from The norm the new usual stuff that you see I love it because it’s very subdued But it’s festive nonetheless, so I’ll show you some of the things that we got we’ll start off with the cured meats I went ahead and I got some this is some capicola some pepper coated salami, and I have heard really good things about these meats, so I also got some prosciutto crudo and Some Genoa salami these have all been sliced I bought everything pre sliced because that makes it easy because if you’re in a hurry and come up with a last-minute get-together you don’t want to be messing with this stuff in your kitchen you just want to slap it on a tray and Enjoy their time and your and your time together I also got a panettone because this is a nice little sweet treat It’s not a really heavy dessert But everybody enjoys it this is just an Italian sweet bread it has raisins and candied orange peel in it. It’s delicious to go on the cheese and charcuterie We went ahead and got some pitted dates and some dried figs. We got a six pack of bottled lager Beer and for those people who maybe don’t enjoy The libation we went ahead and we got some sparkling red grape juice and some sparkling apple cider I got a couple of bags of both dark and white seedless grapes those go great with Cheese and the charcuterie as well I picked up a couple of bottles. This is just some whole-grain mustard And some Dijon mustard because those things go really well with what we’re serving as well. I got a bottle of their balsamic vinegar And a bottle of their olive oil I had My pastor’s wife say their olive oil is fantastic I haven’t yet tried it, so we’re gonna go ahead and make a little dipping sauce with some herbs And we have some baguette that I have sliced the baguettes at Lidl are Incredible their baked goods are amazing we bought a few baguettes yesterday. This is a little olive tapenade We went ahead and picked that up This is lovely on crackers or on baguette as well And then you’ve seen me purchase these in the past in my last haul. This is the green fig and honey spread the hot and sweet pepper spread and This was new I picked this up is the rhubarb crumble spread So we’ve got these are things that really go well together sweet savory salty tart. It’s all gonna be fantastic folks the cheese selection at Lidl is amazing and you’ll notice that most of what you see here and Most of what you’re gonna see in the store is their house brand they asked me if I would concentrate on The preferred selection, which is their house brand, but it’s such high quality. I’m really impressed with all of it They’re cheese selection is out of this world and the prices. Oh my goodness Oh, it really was kind of blown away This is probably one of my very favorite cheese’s to put on a cheese tray this is white Stilton cheese with dried apricot in it and Stilton is a bit of a stinky cheese, but it’s so good It’s creamy and smooth, and it’s tart, and it’s delicious with the addition of the dried apricots it gives It just that little sweetness and it’s perfect. I got a wedge of Spanish manchego I got some Gouda, or if you’re really being particular It’s pronounced powder, and then I got some jalapeno Havarti. This is always a nice semi-soft cheese Everybody likes Havarti and then my favorite, which is the brie double cream? I love a good Brie And this is always a good one to put on your cheese tray this fulfills the soft cheese requirement We also picked and I didn’t need to get all three of these But I did because I wanted to give them a try these are little pots of goat cheese One has Susan with tomato and basil one is just plain and one is seasoned with chives Because you know I can’t resist a good Spreadable goat cheese. This is Micah’s favorite cheese’s goat cheese a little bit more sweet things we picked up some of these It’s nougat bars one with tropical fruits this one has mixed berries in it and this one is just very traditional with almonds and hazelnuts these remind me of Italian Tortoni if you’re familiar with those then you’ll know what I’m talking about These are just kind of like and Myka looked at them and said are these like divinity and that’s a really really good Comparison to make it is made from boiled sugar and beaten egg whites, and that’s a nice little sweet We can cut those up and put them on a tray, and then I got these really sweet little Chocolate ornaments these are imported German chocolate for Nimmons, and these are little elves and these are little ornament balls So it doesn’t have to be elaborate it doesn’t have to be a ton because if you’re having your friends over you’re gonna Have fun you’re gonna play a game you’re gonna drink some wine or some beer and You’re just going to have a good time because that really what this is all about is Bringing people together and having a memorable time. It’s it’s not gonna be the food that they remember It’s gonna be spending time with you and because you can’t have a little party with a little nosh Without having a little crunchy nibble We bought a bag of these potato chips because my friend actually works at Lido I worked with her for years and years It’s a lawyer’s office She works there now. She said that their wavy potato chips are awesome, and so is their French onion dip now normally I would make my own French onion dip But she suggested this so we picked it up and then they had this maple pecan popcorn That it just kind of made its way into the cart So we’re gonna go ahead and we’re going to put this spread together, and we’re gonna show you what it looks like There you go that is our budget friendly party spread courtesy of Lidl holiday entertaining has never been easier or more budget-friendly And I have to tell you guys the quality of this stuff is out of bounds I’m gonna just start over here and move my way over We went ahead and did a little condiment platter and I just set out these little jars of spread the rhubarb crumble the hot sweet pepper spread and the fig and honey along with the Dijon and the grainy mustard because these things all they Complement the meats the cheeses and everything else on this table beautifully I got myself a package not from Lidl, but I have these on hand these are just disposable spoons, and they look like they’re silver That’s your friend at the busy time of year I’m not joking so you know this way everybody can help themselves without contaminating the whole container they can just take what they like put it on their plate make sure you have plenty of plates and then make sure you have plenty of ice and cups for your guests who come so that you can serve your Beverages and then what I’ve done We made the charcuterie tray our our smoked and cured meats along with some fruit and dried fruit. We have our Sliced baguette and I’ve gone ahead and done the same with this jar of Olives spread Just popped the spoon in there because you know you’re not gonna want to have to be searching for a ton of Dishware if you don’t have it on hand you can just grab what you have and leave it in the jar Nobody is gonna care your friends. Love you regardless There’s our popcorn And I made this little dipping sauce For the bread see and it’s just so yummy to eat that way and people can just dip their their bread in there the baguette Is also great with the cheese and the meat everybody is gonna Go away satisfied if you need to have more olive oil dipping sauce than all you have to do leave your Balsamic and your olive oil on the table and people can just mix it up There’s plenty of herbs in there to go around so there won’t even be any problem with that our cheese tray is Self-explanatory everyone’s gonna love that if you put the right knife in there Then everybody can just come along and take off a chunk of cheese, and they’re gonna love it as far as our sweets We’ve got our panettone You can slice that up further than I did obviously but I just put it in little chunks because Nobody is gonna want a big honkin piece of bread and whatever you’ve leftover you can turn into french toast and it is gonna be The most amazing French toast you have ever eat as far as the Tortoni or the nougat bars I went ahead and I cut each one into six pieces laid them out on a festive tray boom They’re easy, sweet little pick ups and then I put the little chocolates in this festive dish And then of course we have our chips and dip I put a spoon in the dip so people can put a little on their plate and they don’t have to keep dig dipping in there while they’re standing around the bowl and then they can just mill around and converse with your other guests It’s good. Huh, so I want to thank Lidl for sending me that very generous gift card. I wasn’t really expecting I thought well I can’t just take that and use it I really want to use it to share something with you, so this is my take on holiday entertaining on a budget There’s plenty here There’s even more that I didn’t put out as far as the meat and the cheese so you know you’re good to go So invite your friends over pop in a holiday movie listen to some music Whatever you’re gonna do grab a game if you’ve never played apples to apples I highly recommend it you and your friends are gonna Have a great time with that one balderdash is an excellent one But whatever you do just take some time this holiday season and spend it with your friends And your love because you never get today back you don’t know what tomorrow is gonna bring and This is just a way to bring everybody together because we all have to eat and we all want each other to know how much We care about them, so Thank you ladle for providing the impetus for this spread I hope that you all enjoyed learning about how my take for entertaining on a budget at the holidays looks And I hope you give it a try, and I hope you love it and until next time happy holidays

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  1. Love the sweet and savory of the spread. Yummy. Nice. Thank you for sharing you your deliciousness. Love it. Have an amazing evening. 🙂

  2. Noreen this spread looks so amazing! I'm going to copy this "exactly" for our Christmas Eve family get together. I'm so glad I found your channel and appreciate all the time and effort you put into every video. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. im in Ireland ive been shopping in lidl for years love it this looks beautiful just came across your channel made the broccoli tonight oh my it was devine x

  4. I am a frugal party planner too. This looks awesome. I look forward to learning the proper way for a cheese board.

  5. I love Lidl too. Your spread looks amazing. I was planning on making my own cheeseballs & a meat tray, you just have me ideas. I'm going to Lidl tomorrow. Thank you so very much for sharing

  6. I’m a transplanted American living in Danmark, I bought the red Christmas tablecloth at Lidl here, good quality and priced right. 🙂 btw, thank you for clarifying the correct pronunciation of Gouda!

  7. That is a beautiful presentation Noreen. The items you chose look delicious and everything goes well together. Thanks for the ideas and Have a Blessed day.

  8. We loved shopping at Lidl during our 12 years living in Germany. We are in Idaho now, not sure if there is a Lidl anywhere near here but need to check that out !

  9. What you said at 11:33–11:51 really made my day better, it was something I needed to hear, so thank you. You picked a great assortment of food!


  11. Noreen thank you for really explaining the cheeses. I'm always scared to try a new to me cheese because of taste. Your spread looks AmaZing!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  12. That store sounds amazing. We have an Aldi here but it is really small. I really like almost all of their imported goods, but not so much of their store brands. I am a total cheese head and it looks like they carry a nice selection. We need a Lidl in north central Ind.

  13. Noreen what you created was done with such class and style!!!! Even the tablecloth was an excellent choice!! It can carry on thru New Years! I tip my hat!! You did amazing!! ❤️

  14. Great spread looks delicious n inviting. I really like how u have non- alcohol drinks too . Like how u had a variety also great ideas Tyfs….

  15. I am awaiting an opening in Florida, they are cheaper than Aldi and larger and offer a better variety (hopefully the shelves are filled unlike my local Aldi) from your mouth to their ears Please.. Love LIDL so Jealous you have so many stores in North Carolina

  16. Wow! I wish we had Lidl in Utah! This gave me some great ideas for what to bring to the party we're attending tomorrow. And I loved the finger snap. 😉

  17. Why do I always get excited when people do the snap 😂 Awesome job!! As always Noreen you are one to be emulated!

  18. I sure hope that a Lidel store will come to my neck of the woods soon! Thank you so much for showing how to do this kind of a holiday party spread! So fun!

  19. I can't believe you did all that for that price (including the tablecloth)! Most folks only host one holiday party, so this is wonderful price-wise…especially given you have so many cheese and meat selections, pannetone, AND beverages! I myself am a HUGE cheese fan, so I appreciate that.

    P.S. Smart idea regarding the use of the gift card to further the promo.

    Great ideas, Noreen!

  20. I love Lidl and Aldi, they are such underrated supermarkets. I don't know about the US, but in the UK they have a reputation of being "cheap and nasty" which is so wrong. They have really nice food for such a reasonable price

  21. Noreen, You're always amazing but you really outdid yourself this time. That's a beautiful spread and for just over $100 that's a perfect selection of food and drink at a very reasonable price. I'm very excited that they're building a Lidl right down the street from me and it'll be open next year. I do have one question: What herbs did you put in the olive oil dip?

  22. Love this video & ideas, Noreen. We have Lidl here in QLD too. Hubby & I are on a shoestring budget this year and any hints help. especially for the kids, & grandkids xo


  24. I love it. My sister and I are doing Christmas eve this year and we were talking about snacking. This spread is a very good idea!

  25. You make the holiday seem fun and DOABLE, Noreen. Thank you. My sincere wish is for you and your loved ones to celebrate the miraculous birth of our Saviour together. Blessings and all my love to you for helping me get thru the holiday without my Steve. I love you for that. Jo

  26. Here it is New Year's Eve day and I'm just watching this! I can get most everything at our Market Basket. I'll keep all these ideas in mind for a mid-winter get together! We do this sometimes to break up the boredom up here in Vermont! Thanks for sharing Noreen!

  27. Both casual and elegant at once. You have skills from generations of talent and a keen since of perception. Kudos.

  28. wow what a party and rich it looks and cheap for alot of company party i am impressed i enjoy your channel. thank you👻👻

  29. I wonder, Noreen, if you have ever seen boysenberry syrup at either Aldi or Lidl? Your groceries looked so delicious…makes me want to have a party! (:

  30. Lidl and Aldi, which are German companies, doesn't sell half of those things here in Germany. How pathetic is that?

  31. Going to lidl. Just moved to the Carolinas and had no idea what my local lidl was and just assumed expensive. But. Nope ty

  32. Wow! Amazing selection you have there! I wouldn't have even know where to start! You are a very talented woman, Noreen. Thank you for sharing your gift 🙂

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