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If you spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the outside of the bread before cooking, it will add flavor (and calories!) and give the bread a golden glow. It's also possible to dunk the bread in egg before sending it to the toastie maker for a French toastie effect.
Since toasties are quite filling it's a good idea to have a side salad for a little healthy greenery. Other light eats work well too; try offering a bowl of carrot nubs or sliced up cucumber in place of the salad. And of course, since this event is all about being low key and low cost, if someone offers to bring a bottle of wine or some beer, say yes.
The beauty of this kind of party is that you don't have to run around in advance to the grocery store buying a cartload of ingredients. There's no need to leave work early to prepare your meal or your house. The spirit of the toastie party is that the most pre-party cleaning up you have to do is maybe throw some things under the bed and wash the dirty plates in the sink. You get a chance to catch up with friends over dinner without feeling like it's going to be too expensive or too much of an effort. On top of that you get the crafty sandwich building experience and the chance to try out some new ingredients and creative combos.
Leslie Banker is the author of The Pocket Decorator published by Universe. She lives in New York City, and works as an interior designer and a freelance writer.