How to Plan Your Holiday Party With the Help of the Commissary

The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends. Holiday parties can bring an element of stress to the holiday season for party hosts, but that doesn't have to be the case. If you're hosting a holiday party this year, whether for a few immediate family members or 50 members of your military family, your local commissary and have everything you need for a successful holiday party without the stress.

Plan your party

You have plenty of options for your holiday party, including dinner parties, cookie and gift exchanges or holiday theme parties, just to name a few. You can serve a full holiday dinner with all the trimmings, invite guests to contribute a side dish for a potluck or serve an assortment of appetizers for a more casual party. You should also decide in advance whether you plan to host a family-friendly party or not. If you decide to have children at your party make sure that your some of your food selections and your party time are kid-friendly.

Once you've decided on the type of party you'll be hosting, it's time to decide on a menu. You can use a few of your favorite holiday recipes and mix in a few new recipes. At you can find Kay's Kitchen, a collection of cooking tips, advice and recipes. Browse through the recipe collection by category, or visit Cooking Tips for specific techniques, including turkey tips like how big of a bird to buy, how to safely thaw a turkey and how long your turkey needs to cook. You're sure to find a mouthwatering recipe to add to your holiday party menu and a few helpful hints to make your food preparation as smooth as possible.

When you've narrowed down your menu, you're ready to make your grocery list. Your commissary can help with that too. The commissary shopping list service allows you to select your commissary location and then add specific products to your list by first selecting the department, the commodity and the exact product you want to add to your shopping list from the list of products in stock at your local commissary. If you want to save a little time, you can also simply type an item or brand name in the search box to reveal your options. This website feature lets you know exactly what you can expect when you walk into your commissary and whether or not an item on your list is on sale.

Cut costs

One of the biggest concerns for a holiday party host is cost. Entertaining and feeding a house full of people can be expensive, but saving a little money this holiday season is easy with a little help from your commissary. Your installation's commissary can save you, on average, at least 30 percent on groceries. When you're preparing a big holiday feast, expenses can add up quickly. If you're curious just how much you can save on certain brands or specific products, click the link under Percentage of Savings on the What's On Sale page. After entering your commissary location and the type of product you're searching for, you'll be able to see the percentage discount you can expect and the period of validity. By logging in, you can view the actual sale price so you can budget your shopping.

If you want to save even more on your holiday grocery list, check for coupons. Commissaries accept manufacturer coupons and military coupons found in print sources, in store or printed from your home computer. Their policy does not allow double or triple couponing, so be sure to select only one coupon per product. For more information about coupon use in commissaries, view the frequently asked questions.

Enjoy your party

No matter what type of party you're hosting this holiday season, you don't have to stress about what to serve or how much it will cost you. Your commissary can help you plan a holiday party from scratch that will allow you to relax and enjoy the company of your party guests and all of that delicious holiday food.


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