Inviting company over to your home for a get-together is always a good time. Unfortunately, because of the costs associated with it, some people just don’t feel they can have their friends or family over as often as they would like. Entertaining on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult, though. With just a little planning, you and your guests will be able to have a great time while being mindful of your bottom line. These four tips show just how easy entertaining on a budget can be:
1) Prepare your own food
Most hosts and hostesses are tempted to purchase prepared foods for their festivities. Dips, cheese and meat platters, and other packaged foods are common at most grocery stores and seem like the easy route. But those prepared foods come with a hefty price tag. Instead, create your own menu and prepare the dishes yourself. Remember, you can plan the get-together for anytime you want, so if you’d prefer to avoid cooking a sit-down meal, simply choose a time of day that lends itself to snacks or hors d’oeuvres.
2) Ask guests to bring their own beverages
Guests understand that throwing a get together is a big undertaking, and they’ll have no problem bringing along their own beverages. You can even make the BYOB aspect of the gathering part of the fun by asking everyone to swap what they bring with someone else or encouraging them to bring something new they’ve never tried before.
3) Make food preparation part of the fun
If you’re having a casual gathering, let guests build their own snacks by putting out an assortment of meats, cheeses, toppings, crackers, and other treats. Have a sweet station and a savory station so guests can congregate and chat while building their own tasty creations.
4) Take the party outside
Entertaining on a budget can be made even easier by moving the festivities outside. You won’t have to worry about decorations, and entertainment can be as simple as some music, lawn games, or the backyard pool. If your apartment complex offers a community grill, you can even cook outside with no hassle.
With these tips in mind, you can plan a great get together with friends without spending much money.