I found sparkling cider at Costco in a pack of four and each one ended up being about $1.70 or so which has been the best price I've seen. I added a tag to each one that says, "Have a very merry Christmas and a 'sparkling' new year!" I thought it was pretty clever :), and better than giving people high fructose corn syrup aka soda(and diet soda is probably even worse!)
I also made Italian Party Chex Mix and poppy seed bread, partly because I wanted to have these, and because I wanted something a little more for larger families and the kids school/piano teachers.
I posted the recipe for the poppy seed bread on here about a week ago, but I have tweaked it since then and it is really amazing. So click here and check out that recipe if you'd like to give it a try. Here is the recipe for the party chex mix as well.
Italian Party Mix-from Granny Rojean Garnica
Combine, pour 6 Tbsp olive oil over all and shake gently to coat:
8 c corn chex
8 c rice chex
8 c pretzels(sticks or small twists)
Combine and add to cereal mix and gently shake to coat:
1/2 c parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp dry spaghetti sauce mix
4 tsp garlic powder
Optional: nuts, sunflower seeds, other snack crackers, Bugles etc.
Store in airtight container. Makes 24 cups.