One of the most stressful things about Dinner Parties is how quickly they get expensive – who’s ever heard of budget dinner parties?
But Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Stress Free Dinner Parties claims “You don’t have to take out a second mortgage to hold a Dinner Party, careful planning and preparation can keep the costs down.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for a budget dinner party.
- Use your favourite restaurants as a guide: Sometimes you’ll buy a relaxed $$ meal, but for something more special you might go $$$$. Restaurant prices can give you an idea of your overall cost, as well as how to split your food and drink bills.
- Choose an informal theme: The ever-popular Titanic theme can be expensive because most guests expect a First Class dinner not Third. However, something like The Great Escape (the movie) calls for something a little less expensive.
- Cook seasonal foods: Fruit and vegetables in season are usually cheaper because they are in good supply. And they are often the kind of food that your guests will be craving – a crisp summer salad or warm roasted vegetables.
- Choose cheaper cuts of meat: Muscles that move a lot are tougher than those that don’t, and these cuts of meat are often cheaper. They respond well to long slow cooking and result in the kind of rich meaty dishes we often order in restaurants.
- Shop at farmers and wholesale markets: Produce is generally cheaper (and fresher) at markets because their trip from farm to plate is much quicker and cuts out several stops on the way.
Each of these five tips will cut your costs, giving you the opportunity to relax and enjoy your budget dinner party too.
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