08/27/2012 09:34 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Entertaining A Crowd: Budgeting Tips, Cooking Ideas And More

Summer entertaining is a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends over great food -- and Labor Day gives us that last chance to say goodbye to summer. For many of us, though, entertaining a crowd can be pretty scary, leading to lots of panicking and overshopping. But it doesn't have to be that way if you've got the right action plan in place. Our top 10 tips in the slideshow below will help you put together a stress-free party with plenty of food that's fun for everybody, including you.

Tips For Entertaining