10 Ways to Save Money When Entertaining
1. Entertain at home
You don't always have to treat your friends and family to a night on the town. A night out is expensive, and people generally have more fun in casual environments. Consider having a cookout or simple dinner at home.
2. Invite small groups of people
You don't have to invite 30 people to have a good time. In fact, a gathering of eight or fewer usually is more enjoyable. People have a chance to talk and enjoy dinner together. With large parties, people are spread throughout the home. You'll also cut costs by entertaining only a few people.
3. Choose a theme
Themes are fun, and they help keep you focused. Once you choose a theme, you can design a meal and entertainment around it. For example, if you choose a '50s theme, you could play '50s music, have guests dress in clothing of the era, and you can serve hamburgers, fries and milkshakes.
4. Send invitations online
Thanks to web sites such asevite.comandsocializr.com, you can create free invitations and send them via e-mail. In just a few clicks, you can create invitations that match your theme.
5. Design a simple menu
Prime rib and roasted fingerling potatoes may sound delicious, but buying these foods really hurts the wallet. Instead, stick to a simple menu. Prepare hamburgers for a cookout or roasted turkey breast for a holiday dinner. Just because the menu is simple doesn't mean it has to be boring. Add little touches to make the meal gourmet but affordable. For example, provide various toppings for hamburgers, such as peppercorn bacon and homemade roasted garlic mayonnaise.
6. Display simple decorations
Whether you're having a cookout or holiday party, the decorations don't have to cost a fortune. Choosing simple pieces is cost-effective and elegant. Fill a glass vase with ornaments for a centerpiece, or use inexpensive Hawaiian leis to decorate an outdoor space.
7. Ask guests to bring drinks and desserts
One of the best ways to save money on entertaining is to get your guests involved. Ask a few people to bring wine and others to bring desserts. Let them know what you're serving, and leave the rest up to them.
8. Prepare homemade dishes
You don't need a fancy catering service or deli to prepare a delicious meal. Preparing dishes at home will save you money and allow you to take pride in knowing you prepared the dishes yourself.
9. Skip disposable dinnerware
Use reusable plates and glasses to save money. This also will decrease the chance of food ending up on the floor due to a flimsy paper plate tipping.
10. Borrow, don't buy
Forego shopping for fancy new wine glasses, chairs or other accessories for your gathering. Instead, ask your guests or other friends or family if you can borrow theirs. In some cases, these more personal items can create a more inviting feel for your event.
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