There is variable of ways to get entertained while keeping with your financial savings targets and stick to your budget. In the below post I have collected some of the ways which will help you enjoy your life without over spending. Enjoying your life is not connected by any mean to how much money do you have or how much money you willing to spend in order to STAY HAPPY!
Pre-planning your menu can save you plenty. Choose recipes that share ingredients or feature in-season produce, and shop around for great specials.
2. Set the mood.
Ambient lighting is key for evening affairs – fairy or festoon lights overhead are a cheap option, as are tea lights on every table. Use cushions and rugs from inside the house to cosy up hard surfaces outside.
3. Serve one signature drink.
Skip the fancy cocktail list and serve a simple, two-ingredient mixed drink on arrival. Think G&T with a twist of lime.
4. Prepare your own food to share.
a. Serve seasonal foods:
Fruits and veggies that are in-season are always cheaper because they’re usually grown locally and cost less to produce. Fringe benefit: They’re fresher and tastier too! Save even more by buying produce whole, instead of peeled and packaged.
b. Do just desserts:
Have a late-night party instead so you can serve dessert only instead of dinner.
c. Host a potluck:
Why bear the burden of producing an entire menu when each guest can shine by bringing their own prized recipe?
d. Divide up one-pot dishes:
You’ll get more mileage out of your ingredients with dishes like lasagna and chili, and they’ll present less work for you too.
e. Fake a posh menu:
Offer fresh popcorn that’s been doctored up with herbs and spices. Or use the same fancy recipe, but substitute a less expensive cut or type of meat.
5. Décor Your Home.
a. Use candles:
Few decor elements have the visual impact of candles with the accompanying rock-bottom prices (they’re just wax!).
b. Use fruits and vegetables:
In cool months, gut pumpkins, squashes and other gourds and use them to hold candles, flowers and even ice. In warmer weather, fill up clear vessels with colorful citrus fruits and berries, which come in an array of bright colors like orange, yellow, green, red and blue.
c. Gather monochromatic objects:
Separately, they may not be too visually stimulating, but if you group together a few different objects of the same color, it creates an instant focal point. And chances are, you already have some pieces you can work with.
d. Choose foliage over flowers:
Interesting leaves can be even more striking than blooms, and they’re almost always less expensive.
e. Use backyard salvage:
Arrange branches and stones from your backyard into modern, organic vignettes.
a. Prepare the bathroom:
You’re spending so much time prepping in the kitchen, you may overlook another room where your guests will be spending a lot of time: the rest room. Make sure it’s clean, especially in spots you can’t see right off the bat: under the toilet seat, in the tub and underneath the sink for example. Keep it stocked with ample hand soap and toilet paper; you may want to buy in bulk to make sure you’re prepared.
b. Adjust the temperature:
Bear in mind that the more guests attend — especially in close quarters — the warmer the space will get. Cut corners by lowering the thermostat and letting body heat do its thing.
c. Clean out the closet:
Some people don’t prefer to toss their coats and bags on the bed, so make ample space in the closet instead.
d. Freeze up ice in advance:
Buying ice in bulk for everyone’s beverages can get costly, so freeze up a whole bunch — more than you think you’ll need — in the days leading up to your party instead.
e. Have stain removal tools on hand:
Spills will happen. Have your favorite stain-removal supplies at the ready and ask guests to let you know as soon as a stain happens. It’s better to take a time out to soak up that red wine spill than it is to invest in a new living room rug.