Going out with friends can get expensive. How about some new ways to cut costs but still have a great time?
Brunch can be fairly inexpensive to give with you providing all the food, but it’s easier to do with everyone bringing something. On a Sunday, you might ask people to bring their Sunday newspapers if they have them. I like this kind of get together because it’s very relaxing.
You can start a gaming night to play cards or board games. Keep it simple & serve just dessert & coffee. Or do snacks/appetizers & drinks.
A fun party is the traveling dinner. Each person/couple makes one course for the meal. The first house serves appetizers & drinks; the next house serves soup or salad with beverages. The main course is at a third house & dessert is at the last house. You can choose themes for these dinners by making a particular country’s cuisine or just picking fun themes.
A wine and cheese tasting party is a fun way to try new wines. Each guest brings a bottle of wine of the type chosen like pinot noir or merlot, etc. The host provides the cheeses and small slices of crusty bread to cleanse the palate between tastings. Cover the label of the wine & give it a number. Cheese cubes with a number near the plate and bread pieces are set by each bottle of wine. The host provides small glasses (usually plastic) for tasting the wine. Pour just a little into each cup. Provide guests with paper & pen to make notes. Everyone votes on their favorite wine & favorite cheese. Wines & cheeses are then identified & winners announced. Serve coffee and dessert so that people will be sober to drive home. This can also be done with beers.
I hope this gives you some ideas to cut your entertaining expenses & still have fun! Click any of the labels below this post for recipes and party theme ideas. Of course there’s nothing wrong with a movie night at home either!
Update: I forgot barbeques! Thanks Travis for reminding me!!! A BBQ/cookout can be very affordable & is lots of fun. Also tailgating and game day parties are great. Make it a potluck to be easier and cheaper!