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New Year's Parties: Eight Fantastic Flavors Worth the Splurge

Sparkling attire. Fabulous cocktails. Elegant atmosphere. The kiss. With New Year’s Eve celebrations come high expectations – and sky-high spending. Luckily, if you’re planning a gathering and looking to save, you don’t have to drop the ball on party-worthy food.

We’ve compiled eight of our favorite flavors that we think are worth the spend. The best part besides the taste? With all of these, a little goes a long way so your budget can go a bit further too.

  • Prosciutto. A fantastic finish for pastas, pizzas and wrapped around asparagus.
  • Artisan Cheeses. Stilton, Manchego, Harbison, Oregon Blue, Le Gruyère et al enhance appetizers, soups and salads. (Discover party-appropriate wine pairings too.)
  • Mushrooms. Go wild with just a few cremini, porcini, oyster, wood ear and others.
  • Crème Fraîche. Add silky richness to soups, sauces, desserts and smoked salmon (download coupon before you shop).
  • Lump Crabmeat. It makes a tiny, luxurious garnish for pureed soups.
  • Fig Spread. A dollop is a welcomed addition to a cheese plate.
  • Single-Varietal Olive Oil. Use as a dip for bread or drizzle over pasta, veggies and salads. (Tip: pick up 365 Everyday Value® Organic, cold pressed single-varietal olive oils and save!)
  • European Butter. Its richness redefines the standard bread and butter - a Sure Deal! (Tip: you’ll also want to download the coupon for our #1 selling bread, Seeduction Bread, so you have something worthy of your special butter.)

Looking to raise a glass to savings? Check out our Holiday Top Ten Wines* including Asti, a playful, nostalgic bubbly from Italy’s most famous sparkling wine region. (Remember, we offer case discounts too!)

* We are prohibited by law from selling alcohol in some of our stores. Please see our list of stores that do sell alcohol or our list of stores that do not sell alcohol.

The Whole Deal helps you say “farewell” to 2012 without bidding your budget adieu. Discover 18 Sure Deals, more than $45 in coupons, 12 new budget-friendly recipes, a daily meal planner and money-saving tips.

Hurry, these coupons are only available until the end of December. We’ll welcome all new coupons in January.

What’s your favorite fabulous flavor worth the splurge? Bonus points if you only need a little to make a big impact.