aldi partyWant to throw a Frugal Mom’s Night “In” for ten friends, spoil them with gourmet goodies AND have a great time?  I did!  I put the entire party together for around $50 — and that price included gourmet cheeses, desserts AND the wine!  Plus, is giving away $50 in ALDI gift cards so that YOU can do the same thing for your own friends.

On the Menu:

  • Baked Brie (see the Baked Brie recipe HERE – it’s just four ingredients!)
  • Assorted Cheeses:  Port wine with almonds, honey goat cheese, creamy Havarti
  • Belmont Premium Cheesecake Sampler
  • Cocktail Rye Bread
  • Savortitz 6-Cracker Assortment
  • ALDI Landshut Riesling

The Baked Brie was fabulous and very easy to make; but everyone’s favorite was definitely the Edenvale Honey Goat Cheese Log.  At only $1.99, it was a TRUE bargain and I am definitely going back to get more.  It was so yummy I wanted to lick the wrapper when it was gone!  I got everything at ALDI down to a poinsettia to put on the table ($3.99) and disposable plates and napkins ($1.99 each).

About half of my guests had never been to ALDI before, but after sampling all the goodies said they’d definitely check it out.  The other half who had been to ALDI shops there mainly because of the price.  We all agreed their products are just as good as normal stores but cost much less.  Julie said she does her main grocery stock-up trips there, and fills in with other stores (since ALDI is a limited-assortment store, they don’t carry everything you may need).

aldi giveaway holiday party

Christmas sweaterFor frugal fun, I asked all the guests to bring a wrapped white elephant gift.  AmyJo was the lucky recipient of this FABULOUS Christmas sweater she’s having a little too much fun modeling here to your right.  Other things that were re-gifted:  a half-used Yankee candle, a pair of Alaska-themed socks, and a set of three wine glasses.  A white elephant gift exchange would be especially fun to do with your friends after the holidays as a way to give away some of the gifts you weren’t exactly thrilled about.

aldi wineIn Minnesota, we can’t buy the ALDI wines due to laws governing liquor sales in grocery stores. However, I was lucky enough to snag a couple bottles on a recent trip and brought them back home with me.  If you’re fortunate enough to have access to them you’ll definitely want to give them a try.  Paula (pictured here to your left) says she preferred the ALDI Landshut Riesling to the Turning Leaf Riesling we opened when it was all gone.  Plus, it retails for only $4.99 a bottle.

Disclaimer:  ALDI provided the refreshments for my party and gift cards for my guests.  All opinions are my own and those of my guests.

Host a Mom’s Night In Courtesy of and ALDI: To enter, reply below telling us what you would do to entertain your guests and what you would serve.  We will select one winner at random on Wednesday, December 21st.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to us via email to claim her prize.  Open to U.S.  residents only.  Prizes will be mailed the week after Christmas.

*UPDATE*  Congrats to our winner SUSAN!  Please check your email and respond back with your mailing address.