Keeping your guests entertained well is one of the best ways to keep them in your event. Aside from running party games and playing great music, offering delicious food is a must for every party, especially if this is an intimate one, among your family and closest friends.
Here are some suggestions on how you can save on food costs for your next event:
Set a budget. Yes, it might be the simplest tip but it is a must if you want to guard your spending when it comes to throwing a party. Make sure to save enough cash for this, or you will be tempted to use your credit card or borrow money which is not good if you are faithfully tracking your budget.
Decide the type of food to offer based on the theme of your party. Are you throwing in a wine and cheese party? Then prepare different types of wine and cheese pairings. If you are to throw a barbeque party then meat should be the priority.
Plan your menu at least a month before the event. This allows you to make some adjustments on what to prepare, especially for your guests who might have specific dietary restrictions.
Finally, clip and use coupons to save on groceries. Yes, coupons still work, you just have to find ones that are on the list of items that you need and ask your family to help clip them. Place those on a binder and make sure to bring this when you shop. Now you can use the rest of the budget for other party essentials.