(This is a guest post from Annie Perkins.)
It always seems that as the holidays have wound down and we start to think that we’re done with lots of parties and socializing, we remember that there’s still one more event left on the winter social calendar — the big football game! Whether or not you’re a football fan, it’s a fun excuse to get together with people when the weather outside isn’t too inviting. Here are a few ideas for being a great hostess without breaking the bank:
Look for cheap appetizer recipes. One of my favorite recipes is to get a bag of frozen meatballs and dump BBQ sauce on them and let them simmer in a crockpot. They’re easy for people to pick at and delicious, but they won’t break the bank, especially if you make the meatballs yourself.
Ask others to bring the booze. People will be happy to bring a case of beer in exchange for some food and a place to watch the game, so tell them to bring their favorite drink of choice so you can save on the cost of alcohol.
Call it a potluck. Even better, ask people to bring their own food contribution. The bonus of doing this is that if you do end up with a lot of food leftover at the end of the night, it’ll be all yours to use for leftovers for the rest of the week!
Don’t be afraid to underserve. People usually end up eating a lot during parties because there’s a ton of delicious food on display, but they end up regretting it the next day. So if you run out of food at the end of the night, it’s no big deal. Keep that in mind as you shop so that you don’t go overboard. Don’t be afraid to serve only light appetizers or some chips and dip or even encourage people to grab dinner on their own before the game starts.
Focused on how to live large on a little living, Annie Perkins writes financial savings tips for QuickQuid in the UK. QuickQuid is committed to responsible lending and is a member of CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention service. Find out if you’re eligible for quick cash today!