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5 Tips for Cooking for a Crowd on a Budget

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Make it a BYOB Affair

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, especially if your guests bring their own booze to the party.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, especially if your guests bring their own booze to the party.
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Anyone who's ever thrown a party knows that the bar tab is often the priciest portion of the event, especially if your friends enjoy top-shelf liquor or fine wines. Consider providing a larger food spread in exchange for asking people to bring a bottle of their favorite libation or other beverage in return. Many guests will arrive bearing some sort of token gift anyway, and this way you can ensure that the bar will remain fully stocked.

However, it might not be a bad idea to assign a particular beverage to each guest after he or she RSVPs. For example, have your brother bring a bottle of rum, your best friend the makings for sangria and your Uncle Ed a 12-pack of beer. That way, there'll be something to suit everyone's taste buds.

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  • Chatzky, Jean. "How to Throw a Party on a Budget." Oprah. Jan. 1, 2006. (Nov. 26, 2011) http://www.oprah.com/money/How-to-Throw-a-Party-on-a-Budget
  • Choi, Candice. "Party on a budget: Guy Fieri's 5 Memorial Day Tips." USA Today. May 21, 2011. (Nov. 26, 2011) http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/general/2011-05-21-guy-fieri-barbecue-party_n.htm
  • Matthews, Kathryn. "Katie Brown's Luxe-for-less New Year's Eve Party." Epicurious. 2011. (Nov. 26, 2011) http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/entertaining/partiesevents/newyearsevekatiebrown_food

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