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#1 Just-one-more

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

How much do you spend on Xmas lunch?
I just spoke to someone who is going halves in Xmas lunch with their family member and the family member offered $50 as her half. This is the days food for 4 adults and  6 kids (two are babies/toddlers)

I can't imagine feeding that many on $100... would you be spending more or would that be adequate for your days festivities?

#2 beakie

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

We've spent over $300 for 8 adults and 6 kids. All the good stuff, no seafood though. $50 is not going to go far.


eTA we spent $50 on a ham! Obviously there will be plenty of left overs for Boxing Day.

Edited by beakie, 23 December 2012 - 10:54 AM.


#3 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Well we are having 3 adults and 4 children (between 11 and 3yrs) and so far the platters alone that I have ordered are $85, so add in the desserts, the nibblies and the drinks and we will be well over $100. There should be (hopefully) left-overs for Boxing Day though.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 23 December 2012 - 10:53 AM.


#4 FeralEsme

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:54 AM

It depends what you have, but I doubt you could feed that many for $100 unless you we just having a very basic lunch, no turkey, ham, seafood etc.

Last time I did Christmas at my place, we catered for about 25 people, it cost us $450 for the meat/seafood alone. I didn't add up the full cost because I thought I would probably keel over.

Edited by Jemstar, 23 December 2012 - 10:57 AM.


#5 CocobeanLillylove

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

We were assigned to bring a cheese platter and chickens to our family of 35's Christmas lunch. I must admit we Are getting off pretty lightly! Total cost for us would be about $55 for 2 adults and 2 toddlers. We hosted a Christmas BBQ for a group of about 12 friends and that cost us about $300 and that was even with everyone bringing sides or desserts so I would definitely be offering more than $50 if I was going halves in Christmas lunch.

#6 akkiandmalli

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:01 AM

I am going thirds unthe seafood alone and that is$50 for 15 people. I consider that getting off lightly as my sister is organising . Bringing a fancy bottle if champers and dessert as well.. In total our lunch will be three courses seafood turkey ham pudding lasagna Italian treats a big wog feast total cost would easily be 100 per person but we all bring something to keep costs down..

#7 Exhaustedbuthappy

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

We are going to Sizzler this year, for something different.

It is $85 for adults and $27 for kids over 5.
We'll be eating all the traditional Christmas foods.

$85 does seem a lot for Sizzler, but we're making a day of it.

#8 FiveAus

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:05 AM

Last year I spent over $400 on lunch, that was 3 courses for 6 adults and 2 kids. We had so much left over we were eating it for days.
This year we are going out to lunch and it's costing me considerably less.

#9 ani1

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:14 AM

Our is costing $240 but that's for 12 adults and 8 kids

#10 whatnamenow

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

we are going  out to a restaurant. $65 for adults, $25 for kids.  Thats for a buffet that includes basic seafood ( prawns etc)

#11 Poss and Soss

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

I just did the XMAS shop. It was around $200 (although there were a few normal household things in there too). Add in the booze and there's another $100. That's for 3 adults and 3 kids 5 and under.

#12 Canberra Chick

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

duck was $10, antipasti was $30, the fruit and veg about $25 for the day and I have the ingredients for salad dressings, croissants and the milk pudding already in the house.

So the whole day (minus booze) for 2 adults and 2 children = well under $100. I have a ham, but that's for Boxing Day dinner.

#13 newphase

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

3 adults and 3 kids here, I have given Mum $170 thus far (I probably have the better end of the deal too)...she does all the shopping for the food etc, but I also buy the prawns Xmas eve too, so $30-$40 for cocktails for 3 as the others don't eat them. We go all out though as we love a great xmas feast and it lasts a few days lol.

$50 offering if going halves unsure.gif  ...should add another $100 I think!!


#14 Carrie_zmatik

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

Our turkey and ham alone were $100! Ours will probably cost close to $300 including all food and drinks, but that is just for 4 adults and 3 children.

#15 Carrie_zmatik

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

P.S. I think $50 is a nice gesture and a way of contributing but I don't think offering $50 and saying you will pay half is fair. Better to just say I can contribute $50 to Christmas lunch I think.

#16 Funwith3

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

$50... that's what our turkey alone cost! Are they having toasted sandwiches for lunch? If not, $50 is tight.

#17 LynnyP

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

I am catering for three adults and one child.  I pick up the turkey and ham tomorrow.  My deposit was $50.  The bottle of wine we are drinking with the turkey cost over $70.

#18 Just-one-more

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (Zion Dreamer @ 23/12/2012, 12:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
P.S. I think $50 is a nice gesture and a way of contributing but I don't think offering $50 and saying you will pay half is fair. Better to just say I can contribute $50 to Christmas lunch I think.

Yeah I think that is the key here.
Maybe more of a communication issue. The person was just shocked I think that their family member believed that $100 in total would do EVERYTHING
It was good for a giggle. Just thought I'd see if everyone else is also expecting to spend a bit more or if me and my friend are the ones out of touch with food prices.

Our raspberries cost $20 and the ham $65 granted we will have left overs to eat all week ...

#19 Escapin

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

We have 30ish people. I've just bought entree stuff ex seafood and it was more than $100. All up, I reckon it will be thousands. Everyone does some so it sort of evens out. Like a pp said, you wouldn't want to go adding it all up...

#20 Futhermore

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

When I do it just for our little family it comes in at about $50 a head I'd guess.  But we get whatever we really like - prawns, oysters, ham, chicken, antipasti, salads, fruits, deserts, bubbly, spirits, non-alcoholic wine.  Mmmm...Christmas....

#21 secret~sammy

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

To play the devils advocate:

While doubtut $50 would be half the upfront cost - how much ends up as leftovers?  I don't have any problems with paying for what I eat on the day, but I can't afford to subsidise most of your meals for the rest of the week.

#22 buttercup-bob

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

Im upto about $250 for 5A 2C excl alcohol.  My mum will probably give me about $100 for her & her partners share so im not too worried. We will be eating for a week with all the meat we have.
Just cant help myself at Christmas time, I was raised having big Christmas lunches and have some issues trying to make it less. We are having prawns, ham, chicken and pork + roast vege and the sauces.  

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#23 Just-one-more

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (secret~sammy @ 23/12/2012, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
To play the devils advocate:

While doubtut $50 would be half the upfront cost - how much ends up as leftovers?  I don't have any problems with paying for what I eat on the day, but I can't afford to subsidise most of your meals for the rest of the week.

The person paying $50 is the house where it's being held. My friend lives a few hours away but is staying with her family member and is doing the cooking.
So really the family member will be left with any leftovers after the friend goes home the next day.

Edited by Just-one-more, 23 December 2012 - 12:59 PM.


#24 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

We don't go nuts with Christmas food. It just not worth it with little kids, end up with so much wasted. So it's costing us less than $100 for Christmas lunch for 2 adults and 3 children. We eat yummy food- just don't cost the earth.

However seafood is not on the menu so that helps with the cost. We don't think of it as something you would eat at Christmas.

#25 Holidayromp

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

nope for that many people they need to chip in at least $100.00 and even then that is cheap.  Just for our family of five the food for the entire day is costing us about $500.00 once everything has been added up.  Yes there will be heaps of leftovers but that was the plan.

Paying only $50.00 for that amount of people is taking the p*ss.  It should be $50.00 per head plus $25.00 for kids over 5 this includes lunch and all the trimmings plus nibbles.

Also if you are paying for a share in lunch then you get a share of leftovers.

Doing things this way can cause problems too.  Because things may cost alot more than planned and the host family gets stuck with the costs like what happened to us.  Then in the instance of DH's cousin they way overcharged and ended up with a fridge full of goodies they would never have been able to buy and never offered to divvy out and a meagre amount of leftovers were handed out - so they benefitted at the expense of everyone else.

The fairest thing is to section the food out and each family brings x food that way they can control the expense themselves and the host is not left with the lion share of leftovers and goodies at the expense of everyone else.  Plus the host only has to do what they have been allocated so no cooking for scores of people.




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