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Lastly, think about how the guests can get involved so as to help you save more. One of the easiest ways to spend less on your party is to ask the guests bring beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This works especially well when you theme up your dinner. If you’re doing a Spanish theme, provide the paella yourself, and ask each guest to bring one ingredient to make the sangria. It’ll make your friends feel more included and keep your check book smiling as well.
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The main thing to keep in mind when you’re having a dinner party is that the focus is on good eating and a great time. So don’t kill yourself trying to make the most expensive extravagant dishes. Spaghetti and meatballs, made well, can give a group of friends the same fulfillment as lobster dinners. Enjoy your company, and make sure that the dishes you’re making won’t prevent you from doing so. Serve family style and talk for hours on end. Have fun…and if the instructions for a dish you’re contemplating serving take longer to read than the dish takes to cook, skip it and make something you’re more comfortable with. In the end, it all comes down to how good the food tastes— not how much time or money you spent making it.
Patricia Virella was born in Spanish Harlem, and grew up entirely in NYC. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works at an advertising agency. She is also a student at the Adelphi University. When she's not throwing fabulous dinner parties on a shoestring budget, she enjoys spending time with her 6 and 9 year old nephews, as well as painting.