How to host a brilliant dinner party on a tight budget
10th August 2016
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Eating out regularly is a luxury most of us can’t afford. But there’s an alternative that’s more fun and will even accommodate the likes of Sara McShouty and Drunken Duncan. Show off your civilised side with a dazzling dinner party that won’t break the bank.
Pick brilliant guests Nobody wants to get stuck sat next to World of Warcraft Guy. The foundation of a good dinner party is good people – and they won’t cost you a penny. Invite fun guests (Sara and Duncan included) and your night will be a success, no matter what you serve. Send out free digital invitations using Punchbowl to make your mates feel special. Plan the party Set yourself a cost per guest and devise a menu that will fit. Now you have time to pick up marked-down supermarket ingredients and visit the wholesalers for your booze. If you only three dinner plates, one chipped mug and a tumbler, you can leisurely arrange to borrow items. Simple equals success Now is not the time to unleash your inner Alain Ducasse. Forget foams and foie gras and swap expensive appetisers for bowls of nuts and crisps. Then choose recipes with just a few ingredients. Vegetables, chicken and mince are affordable options. And here’s a top tip: the cheapest way to feed your guests is to cook one big dish rather than several. A stew, lasagna or whole roast chicken are tasty and fiddle-free.
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