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We're havin' a party

March 28th, 2007 at 07:09 pm

DH's turns 32 in a couple weeks and we are going to have a small get together with friends. Just going to do a cook out with burgers and sides. But the challenge is that I am going to try to do it for as little money as possible.

The menu should be easy:
Burgers and buns (Sam's club)
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Chips/Triscuits and Salsa/guacamole
Cake

Do you think it would be tacky to make it BYOBeer? That is where we end up dropping the most money. I already have the paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. leftover from Caleb's last couple of birthday parties so that save a little. I am planning on making the potato salad and buying the baked beans in bulk. I will also make the cake and possibly the salsa. Depends on time allowed.

Any tips for planning a party on a limited budget? All help is appreciated!

4 Responses to “We're havin' a party”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I always say byob, that includes beer too!!

  2. robex Says:

    I think it's fine to have a BYOB...around our circle of friends and family, it's expected!

  3. homebody Says:

    I have a good cheap salad recipe for you.

    1/1 lb dried linguini (recipe calls for fresh but I can never tell a difference), while it cooks mix together in a container with lid.

    3 gloves chopped garlic
    1/3 cup sesame oil
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1 tbs chili oil

    Shake up well and dump about 1/2 on warm linguini stirring up to coat. Cool in refrigerator. To serve, dump rest of dressing on and about 1/2 or so cup of chopped cilantro.

    We have been taking this to barbecues for about 10 years and people never stop requesting it. It is simple and cheap. I usually use an entire pound of linguini with this amount of dressing. Some people like more chili oil, some a little less.

    Good luck and happy birthday to your husband (and yes BYOB is fine!).

  4. baselle Says:

    In WI? When I lived in WI ... every party was BYOB!

    We always do BYOB, and if you want to dress it up, make it a beer tasting. Potlucks are often the way to go, and to dress up those, we used to have themes. Themes that seemed to work the best were the ones that were the most fluid - favorite one was "bring the food that Sir Richard Francis Burton would have eaten" - and the guest of honor had to guess the theme.

    We also had the bring the most exotic fruit (the durian won), guess our cat's weight, the curry potluck (don't do it ... everybody brought raita), the most pretentious food contest... you get the idea.

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