Throwing a great party on a tight budget

Throwing a great party on a tight budget

Entertaining your friends shouldn’t require a special occasion or a budget to blow. For a little over €1 a head, you can create a sense of occasion and really enjoy yourselves

Five nifty ways to get thrifty

1. Do brunch. Lay on a full fry, go continental or cook up a stack of pancakes. Add a few scandal-filled papers to spice up the chat and you have the recipe for the perfect weekend get-together.

2. Throw a pot luck dinner. Make a load of sides and salads and ask your friends to each bring a dish for a pot luck party. You could try a theme – Mexican for example or ‘my favourite dish from childhood’.  Talking of which...

3. Anyone for jelly and ice-cream? Return to old-school, sticky fun - without even having to eat up your greens... Why not get the (big and small) kids in your house to set the table? A paper cloth to scribble on, place mats made out of graph paper, cups marked ‘Ink’... it can all help convey that schooldays vibe.

4. Make like the Mad Hatter. Have a good old-fashioned tea party with cake, scones and jam. Scour the local charity shops for cheap pretty china – you could even serve cocktails in teacups if you’re feeling decadent.


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5. Be a Hollywood hero. Hold a film night with a range of finger foods, like mini sausage rolls... And don’t forget the popcorn – even though you’ll be picking it out of the carpet/sofa/dog for days…

Plus a cheap clean up

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