How to entertain guests on a budget
Entertaining guests do not have to as expensive as everyone perceives it. One can host guests when they are visiting from another town for business or leisure, or when friends decide to come together and catch up on things. It can be a reunion or a date night.
One should consider making homemade food rather than ordering take out as they can be expensive. Eating out in restaurants can prove to be posh as one incurs other costs such as transport, and the drinks can be costly. Dining at home helps the friends to chip in and come with deserts or drinks which help you to cut the cost. You also get to have more intimate and fun one on one talk with one another; the conversations help you get close to one another.
Saving ahead of your hosting party; the saving enables you to spend your money wisely, and one is able to avoid last minute spending. One should create budgets that will him/her to avoid extra spending. It does not have to be extravagant, simple is always the best.
Do not buy new utensils or decorations; try and borrow from friends and neighbors as you can return them when you are done. Buying new items can make your budget costly and drain your accounts. If you are hosting families with children ensure that your house is baby proof; you can get toys from thrift stores inexpensively and clean them with disinfectant to avoid any contamination. For the decorations, you can reuse furnishings that you have used in the past.
Purchasing foods in bulk makes it very low-priced as you can get vegetables on discount. Getting coupons and promotional passes help you save. If you find it hard to buy the vegetables in bulk, you can buy items over the period of time spread over, this way you are sure that you will not forget anything and that you will be able to buy everything over a period of time. Buying box wine is very reasonably priced and can serve a large gathering of people to their satisfaction.
To avoid boredom you can ask your guests to bring with them games that they might have; such as scrambles, cards, and board games. This will cut the cost of you hiring an entertainer to keep the crowd amused.
Instead of having three meals a day you can cut them to having a brunch; you get to combine the dishes and avoid cooking too many foods. One can have a garden themed dining whereby you set up in the backyard of your; nature provides a great aesthetic view that is very appealing to the eye.
Instead of hiring professional caterers, you can ask your friends to help in preparing the barbeques, cocktails, the fried dishes, baking deserts, doing the dishes and tidying up the house. The guests can do self-service to avoid overworking yourself.
If the visitors do not have anywhere for them to crush, you can open your house doors for them to stay in the guest room or the spare room. In cases where you do not have a spare room, you can set up the couch for them to spend the night on. Providing alternative accommodations for them helps you to cut down on the hotel arrangements.
Living by your means helps one to spend according to the size of their wallet and hence, they don’t end up having an exaggerated budget. You do not have to host a luxurious dinner, brunch, dessert party, or a potluck for your friends to accept you.