We all like to have friends and family over to chat and have a good meal. However, it can be expensive to entertain. The good news is there are ways to save money. Whether you keep it casual or skip the alcohol, you can entertain on a budget.
Keep It Casual
First things first. When you entertain you don't have to serve something fancy. Some of the best get togethers are those that are laid back. Instead of making a complicated menu, opt for something affordable. For example, do grilled barbecue chicken with corn on the cob and potato salad. It's an affordable meal that everyone will enjoy.
Do a Theme
A theme can be so much fun. For example, if you're having friends over that you've known since high school, do a theme from the decade you were in high school. Play music from the years you were in school, serve your favorite foods from your teenage years, and then watch movies that were popular then. It can be a great throwback.
Host a Pot Luck
Another great way to save money is to host a pot luck. You can make the main dish and then ask people to bring side dishes, desserts, and even drinks. This allows you to have a great get together without spending a lot of money. You could also do a themed pot luck. For example, ask everyone to bring their favorite comfort food.
Skip the Alcohol
One of the main reasons entertaining is so expensive is the alcohol. Instead of serving spirits, opt to serve iced tea, lemonade, or some other beverage that will go with the food you're making. If your friends and family are really laid back, serve soda.
Take It Outdoors
Last, but not least, an outdoor party is not only more laid back, but gives you an excuse to cook out. A cook out is usually so much more affordable. You can make hot dogs and hamburgers or grilled chicken. You can even do grilled pizza while sticking to your budget. Just have fun with it.
You don't have to spend a fortune entertaining. There are great tricks you can use to keep your friends and family entertained while keeping your budget intact. Whether you host a pot luck or do a cookout, you can host a great get together that doesn't break the bank.