Planning a Great Dinner Party on a Budget

If you are asked to plan a dinner party or you are in the mood to host a party and you don't know how to pull it off there is a way to have a great dinner party without costing you a fortune. It starts by simple planning and thinking about what you want to fix for the meals to determine what to have.

The first thing you need to do to start planning for your dinner party is to decide what time of day or night you are going to host it. Planning a party around a standard meal time usually means that you will need to serve more to eat. To avoid that plan a party that will start approximately two hours before the main meal time. This allows you to serve light appetizers. When you start to plan your party, decide how many people will be attending and add enough food for four more. This is a standard rule when trying to plan food and activities in case there are several people that show up unexpectedly. When you start inviting, use simple postcards or index cards to mail out that will include:


- The theme of the party

- The time and date of the party

- Directions to your home or a number to call for directions

- RSVP. This is always good in order to know for sure how many people you can expect.

When you decorate for your party, keep it simple. Use the traditional looks of party decorating. Although it looks nice when you can decorate it can also look too overwhelming so play it safe and go basic. If you choose to you can decorate according to season. Buying party supplies off season can save you money and make it more interesting. If you are throwing a birthday party you will need to buy or make a birthday cake for the event. You may want to bake two cakes so there will be enough for everyone if you have extra guests. Remember to great all of your guests independently and also as they are leaving. This will make them feel welcome and encourage them to return.

If you are having a kids party, when you send out the invitations you may want to include an extra piece of paper or index card that parents can fill out in case their child is allergic to something. If the parent leaves the child you will be able to take care of the child if they become ill. Offer two different types of dessert besides cake in case there are children who don’t like cake. Some kids can’t eat sweets such as cake so alternatives are always good. Kids are usually too busy playing with each other to sit down and eat a lot of food. Plan your party in between meals and just offer hot dogs and dessert.

Planning a party should be fun and shouldn't put you in debt doing so. Some of the most memorable parties are not what it looked like but a simple dish that was served and all the guests that arrived.

You can even use your crock pot when planning the food for your party, you will be surprised just how versatile a crock pot recipe can be.


If you've enjoyed this article, why not have a look at some of recipes pages and plan your menu:

Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Weights and Measurements - Whatever recipe you want to try, this simple guide to weights and measurements and Oven temperatures might help.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.

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