How to Throw a Dinner Party without Breaking the Bank

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Neighbors eating and talking at a dinner party

You’ve finally moved into your own apartment! You want to entertain, but we know hectic life can be. Between work, bills, and other obligations, it doesn’t always seem like there’s the time or the money to plan special get-togethers at your place. But what if it wasn’t as hard as you think?

The truth is, planning and executing a dinner party at your apartment can be surprisingly simple. Moreover, you can easily throw a dinner party that won’t leave your wallet barren, either. The trick is to make sure you have these three things:

  1. Ample Planning Time: First thing’s first. Start planning far in advance, at least a month before your intended event date. Doing so will give you enough time to figure out all of the details, and make necessary changes if any issues should arise.
  2. A Simple Menu: Keep the appetizers to a minimum – they can get expensive and might also leave your guests too full to eat dinner! Additionally, when it comes to the main meal, it doesn’t need to be elaborate. A simple, one-pan meal will do the trick, and you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest!
  3. A Strict Budget: Keeping the entire event on a budget will help you avoid overspending, especially in the beverage area. To help out with this and save even more, you can choose to make the dinner party BYOB!

A dinner party at your apartment doesn’t have to be one of those fancy, elaborate ordeals we see on TV shows and in movies. In real life, we don’t all have the time or money to spend. However, with these three simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a budget-friendly dinner party in no time!

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