Idea number one was the obvious standby "throw a potluck," but it went downhill from there.
Bring your own booze (BYOB) (idea #3) can be a given depending on the demographic, and many guests show up with a bottle of wine anyway.
But the slippery slope just continued. Unless you're a starving college student, never ask guests to bring their own meat, china or flatware. What a lazy attempt at advice.
To make things worse, the site requires a login to comment, so I decided to use a different outlet to vent my frustration. I now present my own 5 ways to throw a (dinner) party without blowing your budget.
1. Avoid packaged foods.
|Pickle tray with hummus,
herring, pickled eggs and pickled beets,
2. Use in-season fruits and vegetables.
That fancied-up fruit salad with strawberries and blueberries for dessert is going to cost much more in February than it will at the end of the summer.
3. Consider a vegetarian entrée.
|Channa masala, a great vegetarian
choice for a large party.
4. Consider a one-pot main dish.
Many one-pot main dishes (including some casseroles) combine your protein with other vegetables so the meat can go farther per-serving if you choose.
5. Include an inexpensive starch.
|Chicken tajine with honeyed tomatoes
and chickpeas served on a
bed of couscous.
What are your money-saving tips for throwing a dinner party?