Christmas is a time to enjoy dinner with family and friends. But if you're only cooking for one or two people this holiday season, you can still experience the joy of a festive meal.

The first step in budgeting for a holiday dinner is deciding which dishes you will serve and their cost. Think about recipes that feature budget-friendly foods like potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

To start off your festive dinner, you can serve a small charcuterie board with cured meats, cheese, and crackers. You can also add healthier options like fresh fruit and veggies.

For main dishes. there's no need for a large turkey, ham, or prime rib roast. Go for a small boneless ham, turkey breast, or steak for dinner instead. 

Some easy side dishes to incorporate are roasted potatoes, mac and cheese, or a salad with your favorite greens and cranberries.

If you're looking for an impressive showstopper two, try creating a simple pavlova with egg whites and sugar. Or, make molten chocolate cakes that come together in just 20 minutes.

No matter how many people are at your gathering, there is always room for fun holiday beverages. Why not try a small batch recipe of homemade eggnog or hot cocoa?

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