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Colleen Graham

Entertaining on a Budget

By March 27, 2009

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As budgets get tighter and who knows when the end is in sight, lets talk about how you can entertain without spending a lot of money. First of all, if you are hosting a party take some advice from Donna Pilato, Guide to Entertaining, on Money Saving Party Ideas.

Interestingly enough, many people have not changed their drinking habits, but there are always options for cocktails that don't cost a fortune and give you a variety of tastes with just a few random ingredients. My top ten includes the Cape Codder, the Margarita and Daiquiri complete with fresh fruits of all kinds, the Black Russian and the Lemon Drop. For all of these you can go with your favorite budget spirit and cover any inadequacies of the liquor with mixers. Also, if you're interested in one drink that will do most people well for the entire night, there's always the Long Island Iced Tea family and the ever-popular Collins and Sour Drinks.

For the beer drinkers there are a few tips from Bryce Eddings, About.com Beer Guide, that can help you through a budget crunch: Buying Good Beer on a Budget. I especially appreciate his advice on thinking local, avoiding trends and patronizing your local brew pub (don't forget to tip the bartenders). If wine is your thing, Stacy Slinkard (Guide to Wine) has 20 great picks under $10 (Smoking Loon is one of my personal favorites).

Now, on to budget food that cover a variety of cuisines...

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