The summer is here, and with it a season of excellent parties, family get-togethers and fun in the sun. As much as it is great attending the soirees that your friends will host, you probably want to be able to have one yourself. So how can you have a brilliant party without breaking the bank? Here are some tips that will help you host a great do, without breaking the bank.
Pot Luck Lunches
Hosting 20-30 of your close friends and family can be expensive, especially if you are preparing all the meals and party dishes on your own. Have a fun potluck instead. Ask everyone to show off their culinary skills and bring a dish enough to feed 4-5 people. You will have more than enough food at a fraction of the cost.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze)
If your friends like a glass of wine or a cold beer with their meal, ask them to bring their own bottle. You could provide all the necessary mixers like soda, sparkling water, juices and other non-alcoholic options. Your friend may not be a gourmet chef so could shy away from bringing a dish, but anyone can pick up a bottle of wine.
Have a Kebab Party
A kebab is meat that is skewered on a stick with vegetables. Rather than barbecuing steaks or large pieces of chicken, make a large pile of kebabs. They use smaller pieces of meat, allowing you to stretch your stock, but still offer a delicious and healthy snack.
Bulk up Your Dishes
There are certain dishes that everyone loves, which will bulk up what you have to offer at your summer party – and they are considerably cheap. Make sure that you have a potato dish, something with pasta or some fragrant rice. People tend to fill up their plates with these staples first, allowing for your meat dishes, which are more expensive, to feed more people.
Purchase a Keg
Should you be willing to supply alcoholic beverages to your guests, buy a keg instead of cases of beer. A keg is cheaper and will last much longer. It also allows for your guests to serve themselves the amount of beer that they can manage, meaning that there is less wastage at the end of the party.
Have a Theme
Rather than trying to create a three-course meal for your summer party, have a theme that restricts you to just one type of food. For example, you could have a Pasta Night, Just Ice Cream or a Pizza Party. This makes it easier for you to buy your supplies in bulk, giving you even more savings.
Pack a Punch
To stretch a bottle of hard liquor for hours, create a delicious fruity punch. You can use some fruit juice, sparkling water, fresh seasonal fruit and mint leaves in the punch for flavour. When everyone comes in, they should be given a welcome glass will which slow down their consumption of other drinks like wine and beer.