‘Tis the season to be jolly – and enjoy good food. It’s that time of the year when we get to see loved ones we haven’t seen in a while, and, we all know that nothing brings a family together better than a delicious meal, especially if you’ve prepared it!
Forget the worries about eating overpriced dinners out, and spending money you don’t have … we’ve got some interesting budget-friendly ideas in mind that may come in handy.
Host a potluck dinner
You really don’t have to do all the cooking yourself. The more people you invite, the bigger the variety of dishes! Get some good friends to bring a salad or dessert while you host the main meal. It simplifies preparations and is nice and gentle on the pocket.
Make the meal stretch
By serving a solid starch, you can make meals go that much further – and keep your guests fuller for longer. Use your imagination and add fried rice, rice salads, mashed, baked or roasted potatoes or garlic rolls to the menu. These are inexpensive meal ideas that everyone loves and that will quickly fill those hungry tummies.
Involve your circle of friends
Often, we need to remind ourselves what a small world we really live in. You may know a friend of a friend who makes really great samoosas, or someone who can get meat at a discounted price. Make sure to use these connections – it’s often more about who you know, than what you know, that will save you those extra Rands.
Use what you have
If you have the budget to buy matching cutlery, crockery and glass, go for it! But if not, there is absolutely no need to stress yourself into a tizz or get into debt. With good food and great company, guests will barely notice that your crockery has done the rounds. In fact, it speaks volumes about you as a frequent and competent hostess. Also, try to get creative when you decorate. Add some fresh mint, lemon juice and a few slices of fruit to a jug of water and use it as a practical centrepiece to the table – or go ahead and try some of these other DIY creative decorating ideas.
Remember, it’s all about enjoying the moment. If you’re unsure of the mix of people, plan to play a few board games, or break the ice by asking everyone to tell one of the funniest stories they’ve ever heard. If you’ll be hosting the dinner in the comfort of your own home, one way to ensure complete peace of mind is to have home insurance. So, apply for an insurance quote today to see how you can live your way and relax, have fun and save money on insurance – all year round!