There is nothing like an evening of good friends
and good conversation. If you love to entertain friends and co-workers,
but lack the funds for a traditional dinner party, you are in luck. If
you shop smart, it doesn?t take a lot of money to throw an event that
will make you the envy of your social circle. When all else fails, consider
a potluck. Have each one of your guests bring their favorite dish or appetizer.
It can be a lot of fun to try new recipes and variations.
First off set the mood! A good dinner party is all about ambiance. Consider
going to your local dollar store or discount store to purchase some inexpensive
tapers and candles. They are an easy way to brighten up a room, and encourage
conversation. Don?t be afraid to try something fun, either. Try a themed
party like a Hawaiian theme, or an 70's theme. The possibilities are endless,
and it will help break the ice among your guests. Encourage your guests
to dress up, for instant glamour.
Once you have the mood set, its time to think about food. Contrary to
popular belief, you don't have to serve a seven course meal. Stick with
cheap appetizers and fingers foods. Fondue parties are a blast to throw,
and cost very little to pull off. Encourage your guests to bring their
favorite dippers, to save you even more.
A wine tasting party is also a fun event, and can cost you almost nothing
to throw. Ask each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite wine. All
you have to do is supply the wine glasses! If you choose to go a more
traditional route, try buying your food online. There are many websites
that sell discount goodies, and you can save even more by using an e-coupon
site. If you go through one of these coupon sites you can purchase lobsters,
wine, chocolate, steaks, appetizers, and just about anything else you
can think of. It only takes a few minutes to shop, and many vendors offer
free shipping. It couldn't be easier!
Pay special attention to the dinner party invitations. A good invitation
will help convey the theme of the party, and instruct the guests on any
food or items that they need to bring to the event. You can create cheap,
one-of-a-kind invitations, by using supplies available at your local craft
supply store. Each invitation shouldn't cost more a few cents a piece.
Don't forget to address the envelope in your own handwriting; it gives
it a personal touch. Good luck!