Hosting a holiday meal is never easy -- between the cooking, cleaning, decorating and family drama, it's a wonder people actually volunteer for the job. But beyond the physical and mental stress that holiday dinners dish out, your bank account can also take a beating. While it's true that most guests do bring a dish or contribute to the meal in some way, the host is usually on the hook for a pretty hefty sum.
That said, some festive feasts are easier on your wallet than others. Those who are a bit short on cash might want to offer their services for a Fourth of July barbecue, for example, instead of Thanksgiving dinner. But some holiday meals will put you in the poorhouse every time, no matter how you slice it. And with global food prices up 68 percent from 2006b to 2011, it doesn't look like things are going to get cheaper anytime soon.
So, the next time you're splitting up the holiday hosting duties with your family, here are five meals you should steer clear of if you don't want to spend a fortune.