Ways To Entertain For Less
What's the point of a lovely, cost-effective home if you're the only one who sees it? Whether you're in the mood for a low-key drink with your roommates or plan to entertain a whole group, we've got you covered for the best ways to pull it off with style, grace, and a minimal amount of money.
Be Your Own Set Designer.
Even if you're looking to have a fancy dinner party, don't spend any extra money on aesthetics. Instead of buying flowers, adorn your table with a bowl of fruit or summer vegetables (which you can eat on your own, later). If you have access to a garden, pluck a few leaves and attach them to simple note cards with your guests' names. If you have a colorful set of dish towels, spread each towel lengthwise over the narrower part of your table to serve as a shared place mat between two people sitting across from each other. Otherwise, don't be shy about repurposing a pretty scarf as a table runner.
Feel free to ask your guests to bring along a beverage, food item or dessert of their choice, especially if it's a casual gathering. Let them know if there is something specific they can bring or help out with.