Recessionista Party Tips
By Kathy A. McDonald
Recessionista party tips. Love entertaining, even during these tough economic times? You can throw a fabulous, fun bash on even the skimpiest budget. Think of it as a creative challenge that your guests will help you meet. Community, do-it-yourself and interactivity are in; showy, excessive and hands-off are out.
Here are some cost-saving ideas when setting out the welcome mat.
Costs Down, Spirits up
Serve a signature cocktail, punch or sangria in a classic punch bowl or pitcher, recommends Lauren Purcell, co-author of Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! “Create something really festive for guests and serve that along with wine and beer,” she says. “There’s no need for the expense of a full bar.”
Spirits can vary from rum to vodka to sparkling wine, combined with various fruit juices and soda. Or consider making this crowd-pleasing sangria with low-priced wine and seasonal fruit instead of citrus slices. Begin with 1.5 liters of red wine and a bottle of sweeter wine like a Riesling or rose. Slice grapes and cut up honeydew, apples and pears; add the fruit along with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours. For an extra kick before serving, muddle grapes in tumblers with ice (serves six). Cheers!