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How To Cut Party Food Expenses At Home

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Are you going to host a party this New Year's eve and are looking for ways to cut party food expenses? Your search ends here because this blog will show you some great tips to limit party expenses and still host a smashing do.


Ways to limit your party food expenses:          


Brinner time - Brinner is breakfast eaten at the time at which you eat dinner. Serve the main course food items after midnight to cut down expenses on the main course. Most of your guests will gorge on appetizers and have their share of drinks. You can serve breakfast foods which will help you to cut down expenses. Or have a buffet table and include inexpensive dishes like Curries and rice with accompaniments such as chutneys or Casseroles with roast vegetables and sauces.

Pot Luck- If you are having an informal party and calling only close friends, a Potluck is an excellent way to cut down food costs. Remember to check with your friends what type of dish they are bringing so that there are no similar items.

BYOD- Instead of following the Bring Your Own Beer policy, ask your friends to bring their favorite wine, liquor or liqueur. Have a “Best Cocktail” competition so that your drinks menu is a lot more fun and innovative. This is sure to cut down your party expenses since alcohol takes up a large part of a Party budget.

Hors d'ouvres and Desserts- Include cold cut platters, bread, biscuit and cheese 

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plates or vegetables, chips and dips. Keep the appetizers simple. Buy inexpensive and healthy items like fresh fruits, nuts and popcorn and make them fancy appetizers by glazing, candy coating or spicing them up. Most of your female friends’ New Year Resolutions include ‘Lose Weight’ so cut your food expenses by having small portioned desserts assembled in a fancy way. Make your own chocolates truffles, tarts, sorbet or ice-cream.


Make a Party list- Make a trip to the supermarket before you prepare your menu so that you can include items on offer. Carefully prepare your menu, and then your shopping list. Substitute your recipes with ingredients and quantities which will not affect the dish. Take your list when you go shopping and purchase items only mentioned in your list. Trust me you will have a cheaper party since you will not be buying items which you do not need.

This list of means to cut party food expenses is meant to bring down your expenditure and not cut down the fun your guests should have at the party. Keep this basic principle in mind while employing any of the above means.


Have a great New Year's eve party!

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Anonymous's picture
These tips are really great... and I am surely going to apply these for my next gathering...!!! Thanks a lot.
thot4food's picture
A great help indeed! Thanks
healthyeating's picture
Thanks a lot for sharing such simple yet useful tips with us..!!!
FitGal's picture
I am going to organize a party at my house on this Sunday. I think potluck is the best idea to be used. Thanks!!!!
PriyankaPoddar's picture
Hmmm...great ideas must say...i think i will rather throw a few small parties with my friends and see which one works out best for me...heeeheeeheee...;) On a serious note, thanks for the wonderful ideas!
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
Wonderful ideas !! I love to organise parties and cook the best possible menu myself, but gets too hectic. Will try potluck with my close friends next time. Nice tips too ...
Anonymous's picture
Hmm..I cut my party expense by attending one instead :-). However, I am of the opinion that a budgeted party really loses it charm ..we should go ahead and splurge.
vijay's picture
When I invite lots of friends over I just have hot dogs and chips with baked beans with lots of cola and some wine. Works well!
Gourmet.lover's picture
Finally I can party more frequently without having to lose my sleep over budget. Great ideas!!!
oatmeal's picture
I am not a party person, but then also this information will help to plan a party with minimum expenditure!
thot4food's picture
Its party time once more! Thanks Samina, Now I'll be able to pinch my pennies and host a party, all at the same time.:)
foodiefreak's picture
Heard about brinner for the first has increased my options for throwing in great parties which costs less in reality!!
foodietweetie's picture
Thanks a lot for such nice ideas. My next party would definitely be based on your ideas only. I must say 'brinner' is really a great way to save huge expenses.
Anonymous's picture
Very helpful info.the next time I am organizing a party in my house will definitely use this ideas to make it a great part.
barbecue's picture
very helpful, and inexpensive way of partying at home!
ShakunS's picture
Simple, to-the-point, sensible and very helpful. Thanks for the wonderful post :)
foodpsychologist's picture
Hey great ideas. I like the term 'Brinner' and I guess that really works. Usually, appetizers and drinks are so tasty and filling that often we are full for a main course. :)
Anonymous's picture
yuck ur sick
lilacreed's picture
Thank you so much for this post. Party food expenses is always a headache and heartbreaking financial dilemma to us. Good thing that I read you post, surely next time those tips will be applied.I know there are several expenses you can wait on and some that need to get paid right away. Be sure you are paying all of them every month. If you happen to have a bad month and need just a little bit of additional help to get to the end, you can get a payday loan to help. You can just repay it on your next check. Get more information at: Payday Advance Loan
How To Cut Party Food Expenses At Home