My husband on the other hand is the exact opposite. He is a veritable social butterfly and is comfortable in any situation he's in. I wish his outgoing nature would rub off on me a bit! So this year, we've decided to have a Holiday party with friends and some of his co-workers. (Eeeek!) I have been stressing like crazy over this.
There are so many things to think about when planning a party...Who to invite...Decor...What to serve...And of course, how to afford it all! We're a one-income family on a very tight budget, and I have been searching high and low for the best deals on Holiday entertaining supplies. That's why I was so excited when I re-discovered ALDI! You see, I had been to an ALDI market one time in the past, several years ago. It was not a good experience. The store was in another city and was not very well-maintained. I was reluctant to give this chain another shot, to be honest. But when I heard about their great deals on entertaining essentials like Award-Winning Wines, gourmet cheeses, imported chocolates and desserts, I decided to give them another shot. Boy, am I glad I did!
Take a look at all of the goodies we found at ALDI! Perfect for a well-stocked Holiday party!
But if you want to know what I was most excited about, it has to be the great selection of gourmet cheeses available at ALDI. I am like a mouse when it comes to cheese. I know...Most women love chocolate. I just happen to be a cheese gal. When we were at ALDI and I saw all of the different imported cheeses, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. It was like the clouds had opened up, I could hear angels sing, and all I could see before me were creamy, glorious cheeses! Yes, I really love cheese that much! I purchased several varieties of edenVale cheeses, including Honey Goat Cheese, Creamy Havarti (my personal favorite) and Brie. I also picked up a few sharper English cheeses, like the Double Gloucester. I was smart and purchased doubles so I could try them myself before the party. I have to say, these cheeses are absolutely outstanding. Although they cost a fraction of the imported cheeses I am used to buying, the quality could rival any of the much more expensive cheeses out there! My favorites were the Creamy Havarti and the Honey Goat Cheese. These were absolutely delicious on ALDI's Savoritz Entertainment Crackers we picked up! Yes, we will definitely need to head back to ALDI to restock before the party!
I do have to note a few key differences between ALDI and other grocery stores. First, the carts were chained together and you had to deposit a quarter to get your cart. This was refunded when the cart was returned. I just found this to be different. I don't usually carry a great deal of change on my person, so I thought it was worth pointing out. Another big difference is that ALDI does not accept credit cards of any kind, nor do they accept checks. They only accept cash, food stamps, and debit cards. We had a couple of gift certificates, but our balance went over the amount. We tried using our check/debit card, and while there were more than sufficient funds on the card, it was declined. The manager was very friendly and said that this always happens with debit cards issued by our particular bank. My husband had to rush to the nearest ATM and withdraw cash instead. So if you're a member of a certain large, military run federal credit union, your card will not work at ALDI, and you should get cash instead. Something else I noticed is that ALDI does not supply shopping bags, so you'll have to purchase them there at the store, bring your own or place individual items in the trunk of your vehicle. These little differences were a small price to pay for the amazing savings and wonderful products we found at ALDI.
Overall, I was thrilled with my ALDI experience. Not only did we find the perfect Holiday party supplies, we saved a ton of money and were able to get a huge variety of different items for a fraction of the cost you'd expect from most retailers. Now I just have to plan my party menu! Some of the things I want to include are a cheese and wine tasting table, a chocolate buffet full of the fine chocolates and desserts we found, and even some yummy baked brie! Add to that one of ALDI's Spiral Sliced Hams, a Leg of Lamb, and even a pot roast, and we'll have a party to remember! ALDI really is the perfect one-stop shop for all of your Holiday entertaining needs. We will definitely become regular customers, now and throughout the year! With great products at super-low prices, ALDI is definitely my town's best kept secret!
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***Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.***