Nov 26, 2018End of year parties are upon us once more and whilst the idea of jet setting off to some exclusive location decorated with rose-gold pleated streamers, may rouse even the sincerest of lethargy, the truth is with the current economic situation, companies are cutting costs, and entertainment is often where the shaving takes place.“Planning committees have to balance presenting a memorable end of year function and company budgets. But hosting an eloquent event doesn’t have to be a compromise on quality food or breaking the bank,” says Sally J’Arlette-Joy, founder of Sandwich Baron.Five memorable year-end functions that won’t break your bankHere are five cost effective ways you can stretch your rand and still deliver a memorable function:Have a braai/picnic/cookout at your work premiseIt may not sound as extravagant as dining at a five-star hotel, but there’s a reason braai’s have been around for as long as they have been. Done well, a braai can even surpass an outing at fancy restaurants. Couple great food with music and a familiar background and watch your staff have a ball.Take it back to primal living (danger and regulations warning)South Africa’s outdoors are a great place to hang out at this time of the year. The sun is out, fresh cool air is in abundance. Take advantage of nature and host a team picnic or hike, where the team eats what they forage – you pre-hide some snacks and platters that they need to share to ensure they get their fill.Try out a farmer’s marketTake the team to a farmer’s market near your work area, here they can indulge in a myriad of festivities and interact with other people, have a game master responsible for the entertainment with prizes for the winning teams.Give a little and live a lotInstead of making this year about you, make it about those less fortunate. Spend your day having lunch with children from an orphanage, or spend some time with the elderly at a retirement village. No matter what the menu looks like, those who you end up sharing your day and meal with will appreciate the gesture. Keep calm and order plattersPlatters are affordable, quick to put together and fit into any activity or event. They are fresh, nutritious and tasty snacks that can be enjoyed by everybody. Because they are also lighter on your pocket, you can feed the whole office block, and make new friends in the process. Whether you spend your office party outdoors, in restaurants or simply hanging around your office block, remember that fun like platters, comes in many forms. So, dig in and have a ball, concludes, J’Arlette-Joy. Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook.